Pithoragarh District

Pithoragarh District | PLACES NEARBY
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  • Jaulijibi: 68Km from Pithoragarh town, Jaulijibi lies on the confluence of Kali and Gori rivers and is a popular trading center on Indo-Nepal border. Popular festival is held at Jauljibi in autumn. Copper pots, woolen goods, Himalayan horses are bought and sold in the festival where large number of people participate. Jhuaghat is a small town situated on the bank of Kali river named after a hanging bridge in the Kali river in Indo-Nepal border where the cross-border trade takes place.
  • Jhaltola: Surrounded by marvelous mixed forests, vivacious flora and fauna and the panoramic view of Himalayan peaks, Jhaltola in Pithoragarh district lies between Chaukori and Patal Bhuvaneshwar in between 2100 meters and 2600meters above sea level.  Lamkeshwar Mahadev temple on top of the mountain is just not the place of worship but also enjoy the beautiful Himalayan panorama and watch birds of varied species.
  • Jolingkong: At the base of Adi Kailash in Pithoragarh district lies Jolingkong 4,634 meters above the sea level with a beautiful lake and temple. If you want to visit Jolingkong, you need to walk along the fast flowing streams, enjoying the beautiful meadows, treading over the snow patches. To make most of your tour, stay in historical village in the centuries old houses that offer you chances to explore and experience the life centuries back. Adi Kailash is 6000 meters above the sea level named for half Kailash, full Kailash being 110Km north from this place, in Tibet. Adi Kailash is popular as little Kailash.
  • Lohaghat: 62Km from district headquarter Pithoragarh, on the bank of Lohawati river, Lohaghat lies in Champawat district and houses beautiful temples with historical and mythological legends connecting to the ancient times. Every year in Rakshya Bandhan day of Hindu calendar, Bagwal fight carnival takes place at Devidhura temple of Lohaghat.
  • Manu Temple: Dedicated to sage Manu- the creator of human race in the world, 3Km from Manali town in Pithoragarh district, Manu temple is widely visited by the tourists in and around Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. The region is famous as a place where sage Manu meditated. Manu Smriti of sage Manu is the former law of India.
  • Mayawati: 9Km from Lohaghat, also known as the headquarter of Advait Ashram, Mayawati in Pithoragarh attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists around the world and specially Bengalis during summer. A literature library about Swami Vivekanand will help you know explore more about Advait Ashram and Swami Vivekanand. A mission hospital is another attraction of the place.
  • Munsiyari: Situated beautifully at the base of Trishul peak, Munsyari, 124Km north form Pithoragarh town is popularly a halt to the trekkers to Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier and Ralam Glacier. Alpine meadow Munsiyari Bugyal, alpine lakes Maheshwari Kund and Thamri Kund are famous spots in and around Munsiyari. There is a valley named Johar from Munsiyari to Milam Glacier. You will also love to visit Madkot which is 22Km from Munsiyari. The hot water springs in Madkot are believed to cure rheumatism, arthritis and skin diseases.
  • Narayan Ashram: Engaged in socio-spiritual activities, Narayan Ashram established by Narayan Swamy in 1936 has beautiful wild flowers and fruits that provide heavenly shelter for the pilgrims going to Kailash Manas Sarovar. Narayan Ashram is at Sausa of Pithoragarh district.
  • Panchchuli: Panchchuli meaning five peaks stands for five snow-capped Himalayan peaks ranging from 6,334 meters to 6,904 meters in Pithoragarh district. These five peaks are believed to be used by Pandava’s as hearths for cooking meal before beginning their journey towards the heaven after leaving the nation for Parikshit (grandson of Arjun- the third of Pandavas).
  • Patal Bhuwaneshwar: Dedicated to lord Shiva, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is not just a cave but a cave city that enchants you with infinite beauty and natural splendor. The spectacular scriptural designs, stalactite and stalagmite figures on the inner wall of the cave formed by limestone rock keep the tourist engrossed. Shapes of different Gods and Goddess of Hinduism – Ganesha, Sesha Naga, Garudh, Shivlingam are some of them to mention – are wonderful attractions made of limestone rocks.  The cave has a narrow opening leading to numerous caves. Electrically illuminated for the sake of tourists, you must visit Patal Bhuwaneshwar and you can’t stop admiring the beautiful natural scripture inside it.

    Developed as a tourist destination to celebrate its natural grandeur, you can reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar through motorable road half kilometers away from the cave. You will begin a desending trek of around 100 steps and reach the sanctum sanctorum. As you go down, you feel that you are entering the center of the earth and feel your adventure is finally rewarded.

    Manas Khanda and Skanda Khanda mention the existence of cave. It is believed that King Rituparna of Sun dynasty discovered it in Treta Yuga.

  • Pithoragarh Fort: The fort built by Gorkhas (Nepali Army) in 1789 on the outer edge of Pithoragarh town, Pithoragarh fort is now used as a Girl’s School.
  • Purnagiri: 20Km from Tanakpur on the right bank of Kali river, Purnagiri or Punyagiri in Pithoragarh district is one of the 108 Shakti Peeths around the Himalayas of India and Nepal. Purnagiri is the place where Sati’s Nabhi (naval) fell while lord Shiva unconsciously roamed around the Himalayas carrying her dead body after Sati dived in the Agnikund (fire lake) where Sati’s father Dakshya Prajapati was holding Yagya inviting all gods and goddesses except Sati and lord Shiva. Sati had dived in the fire lake being unable to tolerate humiliating speech Dakshya towards lord Shiva.
  • Ritha Sahib: Sikh shrine Ritha Sahib in Pithroagarh district has a story that says the bitter Ritha (a fruit) turned sweet after the touch of Guru Nanak.
  • Thal: On the bank of Ramganga river and surrounded by Kalinag, Sundarinag and Dhaulinag, Thal valley’s best view can be seen from Hateji in Pithoragarh. In Thal, you must visit the ancient temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Ek Hathia Devalaya- the temple carved by a single person in a single night from a single stone at Gaucher, 3.2Km from Thal will be another place of attraction. You will encounter Gaucher on your way to Kailash Manas Sarovar from Munsiyari.
  • Thal Kedar: 16Km from Pithoragarh town, Thal Kedar is a temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Every year on Mahashivaratri, annual fair is celebrated and people from Kumaon hills and around participate on the fair to take blessings from lord Shiva.