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Tanakpur is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 29°05′N 80°07′E / 29.08°N 80.12°E / 29.08; 80.12Coordinates: 29°05′N 80°07′E / 29.08°N 80.12°E / 29.08; 80.12
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Champawat
Elevation 255 m (837 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 39,000
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 262309
Telephone code 05943
Vehicle registration UK 03

Tanakpur is a town and a municipal board in Champawat district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Known in the northern part of India as the gateway for the Purnagiri Temple (around 30 km from here), Tanakpur is a calm and small town located on riverside of Sarda River. It is located at the foothills and is the last plain area on the road to Kumaoun zone of Uttarakhand. It acts as a junction for the Kumaon District's mountainous part. It is also the first point in the Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage. Gradually benefitting from the nationwide progress, Tanakpur is growing steadily into a buzzing town.

Being on the Indo-Nepal Border Tanakpur is very important on the security perspective of India as a nation.


Tanakpur is located at 29°05′N 80°07′E / 29.08°N 80.12°E / 29.08; 80.12.[1] It has an average elevation of 255 metres (837 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[2] Tanakpur had a population of 15,810. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Tanakpur has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 58%. In Tanakpur, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places of interest[edit]

Tanakpur is well connected to Delhi through Bus Route, and via train to Bareilly. Places of interest: Purnagiri Temple: 20 km from tanakpur. Well connected by bus and private taxis. Boom: a place near on the way to purnagiri, famous for its white sand beach/river bank where pilgrims take a holy dip in river Sharda, Banbasa:an NHPC electricity plant. sharada barrage: nice place for evening and morning walk

Places to stay in Tanakpur[edit]

Tanakpur is visited by up to 25lakh people each year, mainly for purpose of visiting Purnagiri Temple, which in around 20 Kilometers from Tanakpur. Tanakpur being the last town before Purnagiri has many good hotels and guest houses for the confort of the visitors. There is a tourist guest house by KMVN and privately owned hotels like Hotel Parvat[3]


Tanakpur has an All India Radio Relay station known as Akashvani Tanakpur. It broadcasts on FM frequencies.