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Pithoragarh Travel Guide

PitthoragarhThis district borders Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east. Due to this strategic location, the outer limits, due north and east, require permits to explore.

The pilgrim route to Kailash- Mansarovar (a mountain and lake highly revered by the Hindus), traverses through this region.

Pithoragarh has many temples and ruined forts to testify to its erstwhile position as a stronghold of the Chand rulers. The headquarters of the district is located in an open valley of immense charm.


The Rai Gufa (cave) provides an excellent example of queer Limestone deposits. Worth visiting is the local market place. The temple dedicated to Ulka Devi, an aspect of Shakti, has a hill top location (outside the town). Adjacent stands an obelisk in memory.

EXCURSION:

ABBOT MOUNT 2001 m

56 km Noted for scenic grandeur, this resort is dotted by bungalows fitted with modern tourist facilities.

BERINAG 2134 m:

96 km Here the mystique of the mountains is too overpowering. There are tea gardens too.

CHAMPAWAT 1615 m:

76 km This was once an important capital of the Chand Kingdom. The Baleshwar temple complex overlooking, the valley is of high architectural merit.

CHAUKORI 2010 m

112 km The vista of the Greater Himalayan range- Trishul , Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot - is fabulously wide and close here.

DEVINDHURA 2500m

58 km This is famed for the temple to Barahi Devi. Every year a joyous fair takes place on Shravan Purnima on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
DIDIHAT

54 km This commands an unsurpassable view of Punchchuli peak.

GANGOLIHAT:

77 km This is an important religious centre and boasts of a temple to Kali. This is a venue for the fairs held annually during the Navratris. Not far from here is the idyllic village of Bhubaneshwar. Its claim to distinction rests on the underground caves of Patal Bhubaneshwar (an aspect of Shiva).

JAUL JIBI:

68 km This is a significant trading centre bordering Nepal. Lying at the confluence of rivers Gori and Kali, it truns into a lively fair ground annually.

LOHAGHAT 1706 m

62 km Falling en route to Tanakpur, the railhead for Pithoragarh, this once formed part of the kingdom of the Chand dynasty. The scenery and the quietness around attract the devout and traveller alike.

PURNAGIRI

900m Thousands of pilgrims undertake the arduous journey to this shrine, sanctified by the droping to earth of the navel of goddess Sati, an aspect of Parvati.


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