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Best Time: Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Dehradun Check Flights

Pithoragarh Tourism

A small urban town bustling with tourists is a prime example of raw beauty of nature and is often fondly referred to as the 'Little Kashmir'. A gateway to Himalayan Range, this town also serves as the stop over for pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarover.

Situated in a beautiful Soar valley and flanked by Nepal in the east and Tibet in the north, Pithoragarh promises of an unforgettable trip. With River Kali flowing through the town which is prettily adorned with tranquil temples, villages, fort, lush green forests and natural resources, this place is a blessing in disguise for travel enthusiasts.

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Culture of Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh has a vibrant culture due to the presence of numerous unique tribes. The most celebrated festival of the place is called Kandali, celebrated by the Rung tribe. The festival is based on the blooming of Kandali (Stingy Nettle Plant) flowers which happen once in twelve years. The customs, rites and rituals followed by the local people are mostly those of the Hindus. Some of the most popular festivals are Maha Shivratri, Basant Panchmi, Dussehra, Diwali, Kartik Purnima etc. Pithoragarh is also famous for its enriching folk songs and dances. While the official languages of the place are English and Hindi, Kumaoni is widely spoken in the region. Some smaller tribes speak the dialect of the Kumaoni language.

Trekking in Pithorgarh

Sin la in Pithoragarh is a popular trekking destination in the Kumaoni Himalayan mountains. Located at an elevation of 5495 metres, the trek passes through an array of lush green fields, remote villages and thick forests. It connects Bidang in Darma Valley to Jolingkong Lake in the Kuthi Yankti valley. Sin La was an ancient trade route of the Bhotiyas to Tibet. You can also witness the magnanimous Adi Kailash Peak standing at the height of 6191 metres.

The Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand

Encompassed by Nepal from east and Tibet from the north, Pithoragarh is a small valley established amidst the stunning Kumaon Himalayan ranges. The tranquil ambience and the divine landscapes of this little town match with that of Kashmir and hence it is also called the “Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand”. The small town of Uttarakhand is brimmed with the natural charm and awe-gaping vistas.
It is the home to some of the blessed temples, blissful treks and serene waterfalls and hence makes it a place which does not lack in the recreational activities and sightseeing. Pithoragarh is dotted with a number of temples and forts that speak highly of the rich history that this town has witnessed in the past. From the tales of Mahabharat to the reign of kings, you will find several places that are full of interesting stories.

Restaurants and Local Food in Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh is a small town where options to eat outside the hotel are minimal. Apart from some small multi cuisine restaurants, dhabas and street side eateries serving mouth watering north Indian dishes, most meals are taken at the hotel only.
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One Day Itinerary

Pithoragarh is a fascinating pace with an amazing blend of nature, spirituality, solitude and an incredible past. One day in this town can be quite interesting. Start your day early morning with a walk in the wilderness of the place followed by nice warm breakfast. Begin your journey with a trip to Pithoragarh Fort and moving on to Kapilaswar Cave. Do not forget to carry snacks and packed food items. Heading on to Chandak, break for lunch at any local dhaba. From there a 4 km trek to Dhwaj Temple and then a short drive to Nakuleshwara temple will be an amazing way to end your trip. If there is some time left and you are not tired, you can head on to Thal Kedar directly from the temple. A good dinner at the hotel is best place to complete this wonderful journey.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A peaceful town rich with history, culture, and nature. Pithoragarh has several other hill towns located close to it and hence acts as a stopover.

What's Not So Great?

Does not have its own railway station. Also, the airport is located far away from the hill station, which makes it difficult to access. Local transport isn't too convenient.

For Whom?

Pithoragarh is perfect for trekkers, nature explorers, and people looking for a place family vacations.

How To Reach Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh does not have its own airport or railway station. The nearest airport and railway station are located more than 100 km way from the city, hence, the most convenient way of travelling to Pithoragarh is by road.

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Nikhil Shah 1 year ago
Is pitoraghad reachable from sankri? coz I am thinking of doing har ki dun trek. And after that I will travel few places from sankri.
Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- Avoid monsoon season when you can face frequent landslides and roads in poor condition.
- Carry food as it might be difficult to find eating joints at apt intervals.
- Pack heavy woolens if you are planning to travel during winters mainly during December and January.
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