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Pithoragarh- The Mini Kashmir

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

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Also known as 'Little Kashmir', Pithoragarh is renowned for its natural beauty and serenity. Bordering Tibet and Nepal, the town of Pithoragarh is located at a height of 1,645 m and is nestled in a tiny valley. Pithoragarh is known for its dense forests and rich flora. The town of Pithoragarh is also known for its significant history as well as for being a historical landmark. The town was a major centre of power during the regime of the Chand Kings in Kumaon. Some of the most popular attractions in Pithoragarh are Kapileshwar Mahadev, the royal Pithoragarh Fort, Dhwaj Temple and the rich Askot Wildlife Sanctuary

Pithoragarh is also popular for being a place from where pilgrims take their journey to the holy shrines of Kailash and Mansarovar. The valley is filled with snow-clad peaks like the Nanda Devi East (7,434 m) and West (7,817 m). These mighty snow-clad peaks lie in the alpine valleys and glaciers like Milam, Ralam, Namik and Sundardunga.



1. Kapileshwar Mahadev-

Situated in the outskirts of Ratnagiri, the cave temple of Kapileshwar Mahadev is dedicated to Lord Shiva. From here one is able to see a beautiful panoramic view of the Sor Valley as well as the majestic Himalayan peaks surrounding it. A must-visit for all photographers!


2. Dhwaj Temple-

Located at an altitude of 2,100 m, the Dhwaj Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Jayanti. The scenic view of the valley and the hills as well as the snow-clad peaks is gorgeous. The trek to Dhwaj Temple is beautiful and should not be missed out on!


3. Askot-

Also known as the ancient kingdom of Katyuri dynasty, Askot is famous for the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary that was established for the conservation of musk deer. The name is derived from Asikot, which literally means 80 forts which are still visible and is surrounded by tall trees and waterfalls


4. Munsiyari-

Munsiyari is a popular nature destination in Uttarakhand which lies on the entrance of Johar valley. Munsiyari is known for its scenic beauty and is at a distance of 135 Km from Pithoragarh at an elevation of 2298 meters. It is snuggled in the folds of snow clad mountains. Munsiyari is popular with high altitude trekkers and adventure enthusiasts as this place is the base of Milam, Ralam and Namik Glaciers.




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