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Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttarakhand, neighbouring Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east. A place of exquisite natural beauty and serenity, Pithoragarh is popularly known as the ‘Little Kashmir’. This captivating town with fascinating forests around it is located at an impressive height of 1,645 m and is nestled in a small valley. Pithoragarh town is a historical landmark. It was a major center of power during the regime of the Chand Kings in Kumaon.

From here, pilgrims take their journey to the holy shrines, Kailash and Mansarovar.This valley also nestles the snow-crested peaks Nanda Devi East (7,434 m) and West (7,817 m). Below these mighty peaks lie the alpine valleys and glaciers like Milam, Ralam, Namik and Sundardunga.

  City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Pithoragarh
Famous for/as: Scenic
Languages:  Kumaoni, Hindi
Best Season:  Mar – Jun, Sep – Dec
Weather:  Summer 15-30°C,
Winter:  0-24°C
Altitude:  1514 m
Pincode:  208016
STD code:  05964

Kapileshwar Mahadev

It is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated in the outskirts of the city. From here, one can have a panoramic view of the Sor Valley and the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Pithoragarh Fort

An impressive fort built by the Gorkhas in the 18th Century. The Government Buildings are housed in this Fort.

Dhwaj Temple

At an altitude of 2,100 m, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Jayanti. It is located at a point, which offers a scenic view of the valley and the hills around and the snow-capped peaks. Distance is 21 km by bus and 5 km trek.

Thal Kedar

Located at a distance of 20 km from Pithoragarh, this place is of great religious importance. A large fair is held every year during Shivaratri.


Situated at a distance of 54 km from Pithoragarh, Askot is an ancient kingdom of the Katyuri dynasty. This place is famous for Askot Wildlife Sanctuary established for the conservation of musk deer. The name is derived from Asi-Kot, which literally means 80 forts. The remains are still visible. This place is surrounded by tall trees and waterfalls.


77 km from Pithoragarh. This is a major cultural center in the hills, known for socio-religious activities. Situated in the midst of Saryu and Ramganga rivers, this is a place mentioned in ancient literature. Shankaracharya established the famous Mahakali Shaktipeeth in the 8th century. Goddess Kali is the reigning deity of the town.

By Flight

Naini Saini is the airport at Pithoragarh, just 5 km away from the city. It is not in operation.

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By Train

Tanakpur is the nearest railhead, at a distance of 151 km.

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By Road

Pithoragarh is well connected by a good network of roads with all the major towns in the area. The distance from the nearest major town Champawat is 75 km, Lohaghat is 62 km, Munsyari 135 km and Tanakpur 151km.

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KMVN Tourist Rest House Pithoragarh
KMVN Tourist Rest House at Pithoragarh has budgeted rooms.
Continental Plan is applicable in the Rest House.


Cable TV, Hot Water

Applicable Season Period

1. Season Rates: (1st May to 3rd July, and 23rd Dec to 2nd Jan.)
2. Autumn Rates: (1st Oct. to 15Nov.)
3. Off Season Rates: (3rd Jan to 30th Apr., 4th Jul. to 30th Sep. 16 Nov. To 22 Dec.)

Room Categories:

1. Double Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Deluxe

RATES (Applicable till 31st March 2014):
Season Rates

1. Double Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Deluxe

Autumn Season

1. Double Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Deluxe

Off Season

1. Double Bed Super Deluxe
2. Double Bed Deluxe


The Manager
Tourist Rest House
Kumaon Mandal Vias Nigam Ltd.,
Ph. No.: 05964- 225434
Mobile No.: +91- 8650002538



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