which lies in the arms of the heavenly Himalayas, is the ideal choice
for one who seeks beauty and adventure. This easternmost hill district
of the Uttaranchal Pradesh is often referred as 'Miniature Kashmir'.
The district of Pithoragarh came into being in 1960 when it was
carved out of the district of Almora. It borders with China (Tibet)
on the north and Nepal on the east. The northern part of the district
is thinly populated and is adorned with many lofty snow covered
peaks like Nanda Devi (east), Nanda Devi (west), Trishul, Nandakhat,
Rajrambha, Panchchuli group and many others. Below these lofty snow
bound mountains are many charming mountains are many charming alpine
meadowsw and glaciers, the main being Milam glacier, Ralam glacier,
Namik glacier and Sunder Dhunga glacier.
Nestling in a small valley 5kms. long and 2kms. wide, the town
of Pithoragarh was an important landmark of the chand Rajas of kumaon
and was known as soar valley.
Pithoragarh is a treasure house for visitors, mountaineers, botanists
& religious minded tourists. The Mansarovar Yatra route is a
delight for trekkers and adventure seekers.Many rivers originate
from the lofty pithoragarh mountains, thus providing ample scope
of water sports. The dense forests around have a wide range of wild
flowers & animals including peacocks, elephants, tiger, musk
deers and snow leopards. The charming & colourful people of
Pithoragarh celebrate all festivals and religious ceremonies with
great fanfare & devotion.
Pithoragarh, the picturesque hill district of Uttaranchal Pradesh,
houses amidst its greens, the Askot Sanctuary, which adds more dazzle
to its already splendid beauty. Lying in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas
at a height of 5412 ft., snow-capped mountains peaks and fine temples
are an integral part of Pithoragarh. The highlights of the sanctuary
are snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deers, snow cocks,
tahra, bharals, monals, chirs, koklas, pheasants and chukors.
Fairs & Festival
Jauljibi and Thal Fairs
Held every year on Makar Sankranti at Jauljibi, 68 km. from Pithoragarh,
the confluence of the rivers Kali & Gori. People come even from
Nepal to this fair to sell horses, ghee foreign goods & take
back foodgrains, jaggery etc. A similar fair is held at Thal on
Vaishakh Sankranti (14th April).
Punyagiri Shakti Peeth (20 km. from Tanakpur) situated on the top
of a mountain on the right bank of the river Kali is the site for
many fairs. The temple is very crowded during the Navratris of Ashwin
and Chaitra months. The Punyagiri fair, starting from Vishuwat Sankranti
is the longest fair of Kumaon, lasting for about 40 days.
This fair is held on the ashtami of Chaitra month in the Kalika
temple at Gangolihat. People come with drums and flags to pay homage
to goddess Kalika.
Nearest Airport, Nani Saini, 5 kms
Nearest Railhead, Tanakpur, 151 kms
Well connected by a motorable road.
Snow fall in winter, heave rainfall in mansoon. In summer while
the valleys are hot, the higher regions remain cool.
Rainfall: 36.7 cm (annual average).
Best Season: Round the year.
Summer- Cottons/ light woollens,
Winter - Heavy Woollens
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