Pithoragarh Tourism, Uttarakhand

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About Pithoragarh - Uttarakhand Tourism

Pithoragarh, the eastern most district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is famous among tourists as 'Mini Kashmir'. The beautiful landscape of Pithoragarh region provides a heavenly experience to travellers with its majestic snow covered mountain peaks, green hills and valleys. This small town is located in the centre of the western half of the Soar Valley. Pithoragarh is surrounded by numerous majestic snow covered peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandakhat, and Rajrambha. The view of these snow covered peaks is really eye catching and panoramic. There are also multiple glaciers near the district including Milam glacier, Ralam glacier, Namik glacier and Sunder Dhunga glacier. 

Bordered by Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east, Pithoragarh lies at the center of four hills - Chandak, Dhwaj, Thal Kedar and Kundar. Pithoragarh is also famous among tourists as the gateway to Himalayas from the north, as pilgrims trek through this town to the Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, and Om Parvat. Famous as a city of temples, Pithoragarh is  a peaceful, beautiful, unpolluted and non-commercialized hill station that offers a retreat from the usual urban surroundings and crowds of big cities.

Pithoragarh's mountain terrain covered with dense green forests makes it perfect of trekkers and nature lovers. It is the favorite spot for adventure lovers with lot of adventure sports options including trekking, mountaineering, paragliding and skiing. One of the main tourist attraction in Pithoragarh is its fort, which is a majestic fort built on hilltop that provides panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. There are also numerous holy temples in and around the town including Nakuleshwara temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev temple, Dhwaj Shikhar temple, and Thal Kedar

History of Pithoragarh - Uttarakhand Tourism

The region of Pithoragarh has been ruled by different dynasties. It is said that there are traces of Pithoragarh in the Puranas though no documentary proof is available. Rig Veda and Skanda Purana had a mention about the various tribes that inhabited the area. The first recorded history is from the time of the great Rajputa King, Prithviraj Chauhan who named this place as ‘Rai Pithora’ that gradually became ‘Prithigarh’ under the Chand and Katyuri dynasties. It was once a stronghold of the Chand Rajas.

Till the end of 14th Century, it was ruled by three generations of Pals. Pal dynasty was uprooted by the Vijay Brahm of Brahm dynasty of Nepal. In 16th Century, the Chand Dynasty again took over from the Pals and re-established in Pithoragarh by building a new fort in 1790. Its present name of Pithoragarh became famous with the intrusion of Mughals. Subsequently, Mughals were uprooted by British. Under the British rule, Pithoragarh remained a Tehsil under Almora district. Pithoragarh itself was made a district in the year 1960.

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