Pithoragarh: Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand


The mesmerizing and breathtaking beauty of Pithoragarh includes perennial streams roaring down the zig-zag course, a stupendous variety of flora and fauna, the giant Himalayas, wide expanses of a grassy meadow, into a charming world of natural beauty. Having northern and eastern International boundaries with Nepal, Pithoragarh has great strategic significance and is also a politically sensitive district along the northern frontier of India.

Having tremendous strategic importance as the passes of Lipulekh, Kungribingri, Lampia Dhura, Lawe Dhura, and Belcha, Pithoragarh is the last district adjoining Tibet. Till 2019, the Ministry of External Affairs conducted the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Pithoragarh District, which was done by trek. The distance between Pithoragarh to Kailash Mansarovar is nearly 200 to 250 km. 

You can also visit the famous Nainital Neem Karoli Baba temple in Kainchi Dham. The most fascinating thing about this temple is that Big Business Men like Mark Zuckerberg and The Late Steve Jobs started their journey to make big milestones for Facebook and Apple from this Temple. 

Location of Pithoragarh

The lush green city of Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is located at a height of 1645 meters above sea level and is about 180 Km away from Kathgodam which takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach. The Pithoragarh district is surrounded by the national boundaries of AlmoraChampawatBageshwar and Chamoli districts and extends over an area of  7,217.7 sq. Km.

Weather and Temperature in Pithoragarh

April to June is the summer season in Pithoragarh when the weather is neither extremely hot nor extremely cold, yet making it pleasant for the visit. During the months of July and August is the monsoon season in Pithoragarh when there is a lot of rain causing landslides, hence travel should be avoided during this time of year. Pithoragarh experiences extremely cold winters with snow at higher elevations from November to February.

Best time to visit Pithoragarh is before and after the monsoon season which is from April to June and September to October as the town experiences heavy rainfall during monsoon making it difficult to travel.

Also see: Places to visit near Pithoragarh

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