Pithoragarh: Cradle of Uttarakhand
Pithoragarh: Cradle of Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh: Cradle of Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttarakhand in north India, surrounded by Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north. It is popular for its exquisite natural beauty and is widely known as the “Little Kashmir“.

You might not know but “Prithvigarh” was the old name of the Pithoragarh.

Winters in snow are not less than a dream. The temperature can be in the negative. You can see the Snowfall here in the month of January. There are 5 Pincode of the Pithoragarh city which are 262501, 262502, 262520, 262530, 262540.

The town has all the facilities which are must-have in the city including Airport. It is not a metropolitan city but it will provide you with everything and will give you immense pleasure.

Brief History

The regions of Pithoragarh city were enclosed and were a fraction of an area known as Manaskhand, which broadened from Kailash Mountain and Bhabar. Interestingly, their first inhabitants were Asuras and Nagas. Later the area was ruled by Kuninda kings, but it was taken away by the Kurmanchal kingdom.

In the 13th century, it came under the kingship of Bam Kings. But still, it didn’t last long as Bharti Chand started a war on them, and after 12 years of fighting it, Chand became victorious. Still, the fighting didn’t stop, and after more struggle, Kumaon won the battle.

The history of Pithoragarh is very amusing as in the year 1790, a fort was established by Chand kings but was destroyed by the Indian government due to the assault by China. In the year of 1912, a department of the Indian National Congress was established, and many people also attended Lucknow bouts of Congress.

In 1930, the people of Pithoragarh contributed to the movement of civil disobedience, and it is said that they were ten in total. When 1945 starts, Congress won the election, and in 1947, as India got its independence, the same happened to Pithoragarh.


Pithoragarh is the district in the state of Uttarakhand, located in India. It finds in the Saur Valley, which we can say is its Capital

How to reach Pithoragarh?

By Air

You can visit the nearest place known as Pantnagar. The airport is present 241 km in the district of Uttarakhand. You can reach out to any bus or a taxi, and they can drop you at Pithoragarh.

By Train

You can go through Tanakpur. The distance between Pithoragarh and Tanakpur is 138 km. You can go by bus or taxi.

By Road

You can easily go by road as the whole of Pithoragarh is bound with metallic roads. It connects with Delhi, Nainital, and Badrinath. 

When to visit Pithoragarh?

The summer season is the most pleasant season for tourists to visit this place as the weather is nice, i.e., between April-June. In other months, the weather is cold and rainy.

So, to have a good time in your life, the summer is the best option.

Official Language

The official language has to be Hindi. Many people prefer Hindi but their native language is Kumauni.

People of Pithoragarh speak Hindi, Urdu, Garhwali, Punjabi, and Nepali.


 Pithoragarh has good weather in summer, and you will notice a huge crowd there during this season. But in the monsoon, there will be landslides, and usually, it is always raining.

During Winters, there is a harsh cold, and people prefer to stay indoors. 

Fairs & Festivals in Pithoragarh


Kapileshwar fair celebrates Shivratri. Janmashtami Fair and Gunji Kanar Devi Fair held at Kalapani and Gori Valley.


Hilljatra festival is the most famous festival celebrated at Pithoragarh. The farmers of Pithoragarh mark this festival.

Transportation/Stay to prefer

You can prefer the bus, taxi, rental, or rickshaw, which most people use. Stay to select in Pithoragarh are: 

  • The mall Palace
  • Hotel Prashant
  • Hotel Yash Yatharth

Places to visit in Pithoragarh

You might be shocked by the places as the places in the Pithoragarh are so beautiful places with the best kind of environment which will give you immense exposure. We have mentioned below all the must-visit places especially for you.

  • Munsiyari
  • Chandak
  • Kafni Glacier trek
  • Askot Sanctuary
  • Gangolihat
  • Nag Mandir
  • Kapilaswar cave
  • Dhwaj Temple
  • Thal Kedar
  • Pithoragarh Fort

Cuisines to taste in Pithoragarh

This place has the modest and mildest cuisines in India. It has many diverse and different regions, each with its unique property. We have mentioned the best 5 dishes which are must-taste in Pithoragarh.

  • Brownies
  • Jalebi
  • White sauce pasta
  • Chicken
  • Chicken tikka 

Things to do in Pithoragarh

This place is famous for trekking, and people love to travel to different places in Pithoragarh. The businesses I have mentioned above can be the best thing to do in Pithoragarh, which is visiting these beautiful areas.

You can also eat the delicious food of Pithoragarh, which is usually chicken and jalebis.

Souvenirs to buy in Pithoragarh

This place is famous for handicrafts. You can purchase woven woollen shawls and blankets. The colours you will find here are very different, or we can easily say unique. The place is rich in horticulture, and you can also have juicy fruits which can enhance your mood.

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