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Himalyan view from Pithoragarh
Himalyan view from Pithoragarh
Pithoragarh is located in Uttarakhand
Pithoragarh is located in India
Location in Uttarakhand, 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
Website pithoragarh.nic.in

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


Pithoragarh is located 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


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 different part of district performed folk dances and songs. Various competitions are also held.

In popular culture[edit]

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

How to reach Pithoragarh[edit]

Pithoragarh is connected to the outside world by road although it has a seldom-used air strip. Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh from plains. Both these places are connected by railway services. Regular state bus transport services along with private taxi services are available at both places.


Temporary campus of SIT

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.

As of 2011, Pithoragarh has a total of 17 Primary Shools, 20 middle schools, 22 secondary schools, 14 senior secondary schools and 1 degree college.[5]:685 Before independence, during the middle of nineteenth 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 in the town college providing studies upto post-Graduation.[7] It is affiliated to Kumaun University, Nainital. With the growing impact of I.T, government opened SIT pithoragarh in 2011. Almost a dozen of privately owned Computer Centre opened up later in the town.[6] A few of IT centres which are located in the Pithoragarh town are NIIT, Hiltron, Aptech, Manipal University, UpHill Computers, Info.Park, Sri Calculation and Care Computer.


  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
  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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