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Pithoragarh, is not only a hill station but also it is incorporated by valley. It is about 5 kms long and 2 kms wide flanked by four hills Chandak, Dhwaj, Thal Kedar and Kundar.
The easternmost hill district of Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is a gateway to the marvelous Milan, Ralam, Meola, Balati, Chota Kailash and Namik glaciers.
Known for its exquisite natural beauty, Pithoragarh is often referred to as ' Miniature Kashmir'. The hillstation also has lot of historical importance. It has many temples and ruined forts to testify to its erstwhile position as a stronghold of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. Till 1960, Pithoragarh remained a Tehsil of Almora District and it was in the year 1962 it became an independent district.
Pithoragarh has quite a number of important places of interest to attract adventure enthusiastics, mountaineers, trekkers, river rafters, pilgrims and excursionist.
Tourists can enjoy river rafting and canoeing at areas close to Pithoragarh. Khaliya Top and Batulidhar are perfect was skiing and other sports. It also offer many good spots for Trout fishing.
On the way to Pithorgarh one can view the magnificent valleys, plateaus and the majestic Himalayas. One can get an excellent view of the snow-capped mountains of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Appi of Nepal from Chandak Hill located a height of 2000 mts.
The weather is salubrious throughout the year. The best time to visit this hillstation is during the summer or winter months. Not to go in Rainy season as there are a lot of landslides throughout the way. Carry light woolens in summers and carry heavy woolens in winters.
Apart from sightseeing, one can also shop for Kumaon handicrafts. Pithoragarh is famous for wooden, woolen and acne handicrafts. It offers many items to be purchased from a range of exotic herbs and spices like Jambu and Thoya, handicrafts and woolen products like chutka, carpets and thulma, electronic goods and savour the local delicacy - Bal Mithai and Singaudi.
Pithoragarh is famous for its cultural-religious fairs.
Ulka Devi Temple