Pithoragarh | Best Places to Visit in Pithoragarh

Best Places to Visit in Pithoragarh includes most beautiful hill stations of Uttarakhand, high altitude fresh water Lakes, natural Waterfall, National Wildlife Sanctuaries, top treks of Uttarakhand, Himalayan valley of Glaciers, pure water Rivers, adventure activities inspired with nature. District lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet with International borders passing through hills of Himalayas. It has a very rich traditions and cultures inspired with ancients. It is believed to feel like heaven at peaks of highest mountains in Pithoragarh. Tourism ministry has developed it as one the best holiday destination in Uttarakhand for low budget tour and trekking expeditions. 

Best Places to Visit in Pithoragarh

1. Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary

Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is a wildlife park in Didihat region of Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand. It is a national wildlife sanctuary spread in a area of 600 km2 . It is located just 54 Km away at an altitude of 600 m (2,000 ft) to 6,905 m (22,654 ft). Apart from Musk Deer jungle safari consists many mammals like Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards, Civet, Barking Deers, Himalayan Jungle Cats, Gorals, and Himalayan Brown Bear. It is also famous for many mountain birds. One of the best wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by Nepal from east, Pithoragarh from south, Almora from west, and Tibet from south. Many rivers coming from glaciers of Uttarakhand like Kali river, Dhauli river, Lkli river, and Gori Ganga river pass through Askot Musk Deer Wildlife Sanctuary.

2. Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a heritage cave of limestone. This is holy site of Hindus as cave enshrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva including other 33 koti gods. The cave of 160 m length and 90 ft depth has a very narrow entrance which opens into cold area which looks alike snake (nag devta) from inside. It is believed that that roots from this cave is as much long as they goes to holy pilgrimages of Char Dham Dham Yatra. Patal Bhuvneshwar is only place on earth which has doors to four Yugs defined under Hinduism. it is located near Gangolihat just 90 Km away from Pithoragarh at an height of 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level. It is one of the best places to visit in Pithoragarh and a unique destination in world. It is situated near the confluence of three streams: Ramganga river, Sarayu river and Gupt-Ganga river.

3. Munsyari

Munsyari is one of the best hill station of Uttarakhand located in Pithoragarh district. It is situated at an elevation of 2,200 m (7,200 ft) above sea level. It is famous base camp for many trekking routes of Himalayan glaciers like Milam Glacier Trek, Ralam Glacier Trek and Namik Glacier Trek. Munsyari has landscape of natural beauty with waterfalls, lakes, Glaciers, Rivers, etc. It lies on the bank of Gori Ganga river in Johar Valley on foothill of peaks of Himalayan mountain like Trishuli at 7,074 m (23,208 ft) above sea level. Munsyari is one the best places to visit in Pithoragarh, just 124 Km away near Indo-Tibet and Indo-Nepal border.

4. Dharchula

Dharchula is a very beautiful valley on the bank of Kali river surrounded by Himalayan mountains. This town lies on international border of India and Nepal. In India it is known as Dharchula and in Nepal its Darchula. It is a best places to visit in Pithoragarh at a distance of 90 Km located at an altitude of 950 m (3,000 ft) above sea level. Dharchula name is derived from “Dhar” means peak of mountains and “Chulha” means Stove as its a Valley looks like Stove. Dharchula is a trekking base came of Kailash Mansarovar Lake at height of 4,590 m (15,059 ft). A famous trek of Kailash Mansarovar yatra for Hindu Pilgrims . Adi-Kailash Trek (Chhota Kailash) is another beautiful places to visit in Dharchula located at an altitude of 6,191 m (20,311 ft) above sea level.

5. Chaukori

Chaukori is one of the best holiday destination in Uttarakhand, developed by ministry of tourism. It is just 10 Km away from Berinag and 81 Km from Pithoragarh district via Thal. One of the best places to visit in Pithoragarh is located at an elevation of 2,010 m (6,594 ft) above sea level. Chaukori is famous for panoramic view of Himalayan mountains covered with snow like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli hills. There are many beautiful temples near it. On north end of Chaukori lies Tibet and its south end is seprated Nepal by Mahakali river.

6. Didihat

Didihat is located just 53 Km away from Pithoragarh district of uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 1,725 m (5,659 ft) above sea level. Didihat lies on the Himalayan hilltop of Digtarh peak. Charamgad (Bhadigad) river flows below it at foot of Didihat. Sirakot Temple (Malaynath Mandir) dedicated to Lord Shiva, Narayan Swamy Ashram at Naranyan Nagar and Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary are the best places to visit in Didihat. 

7. Thal 

Thal is beautiful destination of Uttarakhand located on the bank of Ramganga river. It is just 56 Km away from Pithoragarh district on the way to Munsyari. Thal is surrounded by Kalinag, Sundarinag, and Dhaulinag the spiritual pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. it is blessed with ancient temple of Lord Shiva and a great temple carved by single person in one night, Ek Hathia Devalaya. Kailash Manasarovar Lake Trek route starts from Gaucher at just 3.2 Km from Thal.

8. Berinag

Berinag is a great holiday destination of Uttarakhand in Pithoragarh district. Berinag gives a great view of high Himalaya peaks from Nepal to Garwal in Kumaon region. Berinag is also known as nag (snakes). There are many temples in town dedicated to Sankes as Dhaulinag, Kalinag, Feninag, Bashukinag, Pinglenag and Harinag. Berinag a best places to visit in Pithoragarh is also famous for Tea Estates developed in British era.

 9. Jhaltola

Jhaltola shows a great exposure of Kumaoni flora and fauna. A beautiful place located between Patal Bhuvaneshwar and Chaukori at an altitude of 2,100 m (6,890 ft) to 2,600 m (8,530 ft) above sea level. It is one of the best holiday destination of Uttarakhand with main tourist attraction as Lamkeshwar Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva on peak of hill. The best places to visit in Pithoragarh is famous for natural beauty from Misty Mountains retreat and camping.

10. Jauljibi

Jauljibi is located on the confluence of Gori River and Kali river. It is a trading route between two countries from a very long time. The river is the one which separates India from Nepal. A famous hanging bridge is mode to cross international border by walking from ancient period. Annual Jauljibi Mela (Uttarakhand and Nepal trade fair) is very famous in Kumaon. It is basically mixture of two traditional cultures.Woolen articles of Bhotiya tribes are very famous and cheap here.

Waterfalls

Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand has many number of water streams originating from glaciers of Himalayan mountains. Waterfalls of pithoragarh are the great treat for tourists and travellers. Some of the most beautiful waterfalls of Uttarakhand in district are:

  • Lim Bagudiyar Waterfall
  • Birthi Fall Waterfall
  • Pilsitti Fall Waterfall
  • Garaun Fall Waterfall

Lakes

Important lakes of Uttarakhand are best places to visit in Pithoragarh:

  • Parvati Sarovar
  • Anchari Tal
  • Pari Tal
  • Jolingkong Lake
  • Chhiplakot Lake
  • Maheshwari Kund
  • Thamri Kund

Snow Skiing Ranges

Best Places to Visit in Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh covers huge range of Himalayas valley of Glaciers. The upper parts of district gets heavy snowfall in winters each year. Recent developments of best tourist places in Uttarakhand by tourism ministers leads to creation of best Snow Skiing Ranges.

Trek to Glaciers of Uttarakhand

Best Places to Visit in Pithoragarh

  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
    Milam Glacier Trek
  • Namik Glacier Trek
  • Ralam Glacier Trek
  • Adi Kailash Trek
  • kailash Mansarovar Yatra Trek
  • Meola Glacier Trek
  • Meola Glacier Trek
  • Sona Glacier Trek
  • Panchchuli Glacier Trek
  • Kalabaland Glacier Trek
  • Nama Pass 
  • Sinla Pass
  • Traills Pass
  • Lipu-Lekh Pass
  • Saur Valley Trek
  • Daramaganga Valley Trek
  • Kuthi Valley Trek
  • Johar Valley Trek