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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. 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.
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.
Askot:– 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.
Pithorgarh has a cool but pleasant climate in summers and chilly climate in winters.
The best season to visit Pithorgarh is from April to November. April to August offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period to spend relaxing moments in the outdoors and is ideal for temple visits. September to November is good for sight-seeing and this season is eye catching with beautiful sceneries. December to March is chilly. Those who like snowbound vacations can opt for this season. Heavy woolen clothes are required for outings in this period. Naini Saini is the airport at Pithoragarh, just 5 km away from the city. Tanakpur is the nearest railhead, at a distance of 151 km.