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Himalayan view from Pithoragarh
Himalayan view from Pithoragarh
Pithoragarh is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Pithoragarh is located in India
Pithoragarh (India)
Coordinates: 29°35′N 80°13′E / 29.58°N 80.22°E / 29.58; 80.22Coordinates: 29°35′N 80°13′E / 29.58°N 80.22°E / 29.58; 80.22
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Pithoragarh
Elevation 1,514 m (4,967 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 56,044
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 262501
Telephone code 915964
Vehicle registration UK-05
Website pithoragarh.nic.in

Pithoragarh is a town with a Municipal Board in the Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was carved out of the Almora district in 1960.


Pithoragarh is at 29°35′N 80°13′E / 29.58°N 80.22°E / 29.58; 80.22.[2] It has an average elevation of 1,514 metres (4,967 feet).[3][4]


"The district is named after its headquarters town, Pithoragarh. Tradition has it that during the reign of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon, one Piru, also called Prithvi Gosain, built a fort here and named it Prithvigarh which, in the course of time, got changed into Pithoragarh."[3]

Places of interest[edit]

A panoramic view of Pithoragarh

Among the many places of interest in Pithoragarh, there is Kailash Ashram in the suburb of Wadda. The ashram is run by mahamandaleshwar Santoshi Maa, who has her akhada in Haridwar. Every year around April, there is a yagna organised with grandeur.


Pithorgarh is known for its unique culture. Saradotsav has played a significant role in conserving and sharing this culture. It is an important event that draws a huge crowds and showcases local culture through music and dance, often featuring performances in the Kumaoni language. Schools from the district perform folk dances and songs. Competitions are also held.

In popular culture[edit]

The small town was extensively described in a novel by American author Bradley Swift, From Pithoragarh to Pittsburg.


Pithoragarh is connected by road, and it has a seldom-used airstrip.

Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh. Both are connected by railway services. Regular state bus transport services along with private taxi services are available at both places.


Schools in Pithoragarh are run by the state government or private organisations, many of which are religious. Hindi and English are the primary languages of instruction. Schools in Pithoragarh follow the "10+2+3" plan.

After completing their secondary education, students typically enroll in Inter Colleges that have a higher secondary facility and are affiliated with the ICSE, the CBSE or the Department of Education of the Government of Uttarakhand. They usually choose a focus on liberal arts, business, or science.[citation needed]

As of 2011, Pithoragarh had 17 primary schools, 20 middle schools, 22 secondary schools, 14 senior secondary schools, and 1 degree college.[5]:685 Before independence, during the middle of the 19th century when Pithoragarh was part of Almora, there were only two middle schools in Pithoragarh.[6]

LSM Govt. Post Graduate College is the only government college in the town providing studies up to post-graduation.[7] It is affiliated to Kumaun University, Nainital. With the growing impact of I.T., the government opened SIT Pithoragarh in 2011. Almost a dozen of privately owned computer centres opened up later in the town.[6] A few of the IT centres which are in Pithoragarh town are NIIT, Hiltron, Aptech, Manipal University, UpHill Computers, Info.Park, Sri Calculation and Care Computer.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India Search details". censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Pithoragarh
  3. ^ a b A document from official website of Pithoragarh Archived 10 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Official website of Pithoragarh
  5. ^ District Census Handbook Pithoragarh Part-A (PDF). Dehradun: Directorate of Census Operations, Uttarakhand. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Indusnettechnologies, Goutam Pal, Dipak K S, SWD. "Education: District of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India". pithoragarh.nic.in. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Indusnettechnologies, Goutam Pal, Dipak K S, SWD. "L. S. M. Government Post Graduate College Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand)". pithoragarh.nic.in. Retrieved 11 July 2017. 

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