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Pithoragah : A Brief introduction of District Pithoragarh.

 

District Headquarters      Pithoragarh
Area     7169 sq Km
Altitude     1645 meter
Latitude and Longitude     29.4° to 30.3° N : 80° to 81° E
Total Population     416647 (as per 2001 census)

 

Pithoragarh is a place of exquisite divine dieties, natural beauty and serenity. Pithoragarh the "miniature Kashmir" is captivating town with fascinating forests around is nestled in a small valley. The valley is flanked by four hills - Chandak, Dhwaj, Thal Kedar and Kundar - and is dramatic in its beauty which lies in the arms of the heavenly Himalayas. The district of Pithoragarh came into being in 1960 when it was carved out of the district of Almora. Pithoragarh is rich in natural beauty and it offers best view of the Himalaya. Some of the peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, Trishul and Nandakhat falls in this district. It is also rich in flora and fauna and is famous for its bugyals or pasture grounds of velvet-like green grass. With the start of the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra, tourist interest in the area is increasing by leaps and bounds. Kapileshwar Mahadev the cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, affords fine view of the Soar valley and lofty Himalayan peaks. Askot Sanctuary, 54 kms. from Pithoragarh, is popular among wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is a safe haven for snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deers, snow cocks, tehra, monals, chirs, koklas and chukors. The Patal Bhubaneshwar literally means the sub-terranean shrine of Lord Shiva and this cave temple is 91 kms. from Pithoragarh. The way to the temple is through a tunnel which leads into the cavern through a narrow dark passage of water. In fact cave temple complex is said to be the abode of thousands of deities and people believe that these deities were consecrated by Adi Shankracharya. Munsyari is a small Himalayan township about 127 kms. north of Pithoragarh and 66 kms. from Jauljibi. It is a base for treks to Milam, Namik and Ralam glaciers. Pithoragarh is also one of the border districts of India, surrounded by Tibet and Nepal.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Kapileshwar Mahadev, Dhwaj Temple, Thal Kedar, Patal Bhubaneshwar, Pithoragarh Fort, Askot Sanctuary, Gangolihat, Munsyari, Narayan Ashram.

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