(Miniature Kashmir)The Mini Kashmir The easternmost hill district of Uttar Pradesh, Pithoragarh is often referred to as ?Miniature Kashmir?. Nestling in a small valley, barely 5 km long and 2 km wide, the town also known as Sore Valley was an important landmark of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. It is situated at an altitude of 1,650 m above sea level and has the facility of three spoken languages, namely Hindi, Kumaoni and English.
How To Get There
By AirNearest airport is Naini Saini (Pithoragarh), 5 kms.
By RailNearest railhead is at Tanakpur 151 kms.
By RoadWell connected by a motorable road.
Local TransportBuses and Taxis.
Places To StayKMVN Tourist Lodge, Chandag Road. Ulka Priyadarshini, Near Roadways Bus Stand, Pithoragarh.
Main AttractionJaul Jibi, Rameshwar.
Best TimeApril to June & September to October.
LanguagesKumaoni, Hindi and English.
Area6.47 sq. km.
Population27753 (1991 census).
Altitude1650 meter above sea level.
Prime Attractions of Pithoragarh
Askot Wildlife SanctuaryAskot Sanctuary, established in 1986, is located in the pastoral surroundings of Indo-Nepal border, in Pithoragarh.
Excursions from Pithoragarh
Located at an altitude of 2135 mtrs, Munsyari is situated at a distance of 66 kms from Jauljibi and 127 kms from Pithoragarh via Thal.
Situated 1,615 m above sea level, Champawat was originally the capital of Chand Raja of Kumaon. Located 76 kms. from Pithoragarh, it was at Champawat that lord Vishnu is said to have incarnated as Kurmavatar, hence Kumaon came to be known as Kurmanchal.
The charming and picturesque town of Chaukori is situated in the heart of Pithoragarh District (112 kms).
Jauljibi & Thal Fairs are held every year on Makar Sankranti at Jauljibi, 68 km. from Pithoragarh, at the confluence of the rivers Kali & Gori.
Punyagiri Shakti Peeth (20 km. from Tanakpur) situated on the top of a mountain on the right bank of the river Kali is the site for many fairs.