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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
1,514 m (4,967 ft)
 • Total56,044
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code915964
Vehicle registrationUK-05

Pithoragarh is a western Himalayan town with a Municipal Board in Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the largest organised semi-urbanised to urbanised town and village cluster in the hills of Uttarakhand. One of the most developed districts in Uttarakhand, the town has all the facilities including an airport. This is best known for few of best education hubs in the state.


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] It is situated in Soar Valley. The valley is spread across around 50 square kilometers.


"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 to Pithoragarh."[3]

Places of interest[edit]

A panoramic view of Pithoragarh
  • 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.
  • Chandak Reserve Forest , 7 kilometers from city centre. . Leopard sighting is common during night.
  • Mostamanu Temple is famous among locales for serenity and scenic beauty.
  • Kamakhya Temple.
  • Munsyari
  • Maharajke Park is situated in cantonment area. During 1965 Indo-Pak war, Soldiers of Kumaon Regiment captured the Pakistani post of Maharajke in Jammu and Kashmir. This park is constructed in remembrance of the Shahids of that operation.
  • Pithoragarh Cantonment area.
  • Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is situated on top of kapileshwar hill. I Temple has a 10 meter long cave.
  • Thal Kedar Temple is located at approximately 18 kilometers from city centre. Banj Oak trees are in abundance here. This forest is home to Asiatic black bears and Himalayan leopards.
  • Dhwaj.
  • Ashurchula.
  • Askote wildlife sanctuary.
  • Bhatkote.
  • Pithoragarh Fort.
  • London Fort.
  • Khaliya Top
  • Daivchula Temple.
  • Birthi Waterfall.
  • Sirakot Temple.


Saradotsav has played a significant role in conserving and sharing Pithorgarh's unique culture. It showcases local culture through music and dance, often featuring performances in the Kumaoni language.

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 also has an airport. Commercial flights on 3 routes are proposed under government scheme. Flights in Pithoragarh - Dehradun, Pithoragarh - Pantnagar and Pithoragarh - Ghaziabad route are planned to be operational. Out of these Pithoragarh - Ghaziabad (Hindon) route was launched on Oct, 12th 2019. A Heritage Aviation aircraft with nine passengers on board took off from Naini-Saini airport in Pithoragarh to mark the start of flight operations between the Pithoragarh and the Hindon airport.

Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh by road. 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 Central Board of Secondary Education, CISCE 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,UpHill Computers, Info.Park, Sri Calculation and Care Computer.


"The Pithoragarh Valley(TOWN) is a popular hub as the people are moving out from villages & getting settled here due to lack of Quality education & hospital in near by towns of Pithoragarh district. Villages are being evacuated & resettled either in Pithoragarh, Haldwani or out of Uttarakhand State.

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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