I knew about Pithorgarh during my Nainital-Almora trip to Uttarakhand. This picturesque town is also called “Little Kasmir” of Uttarakhand for its vast natural beauty and scenic landscapes. Pithoragarh is also known as the gateway to the Himalayas from the north as this road leads to the Kailash Mansarovar. It is the easternmost district of Kumaon and is bordered by Tibet on the north and Nepal on the east. It lies on the old trade route to Tibet.
How to go to Pithorgarh?
It is 550Km from Delhi. You can either go by an exciting road trip or prefer the train route to go there.
Nearest Railway Station- Kathgodam
Nearest Airport: Delhi
From Kathgodam it is about 74Km and it takes 3.5 hours to reach Pithorgarh. Buses and taxis are available from the station.
We reached Nainital first from the Kathgodam station. It was the time (2005) when I was just a college student and went there with my parents. That time, searching for offbeat locations was not so popular and we mostly traveled in the common route. But, my Dad, used to prefer to stay in a serene place out from the crowd. When we reached Nainital, we found that it was overcrowded and most of the tourists came from Bengal in Puja vacation. The same thing we found at Almora also. We were really feeling tired in the noise of the tourists in every visiting place.
My Dad, asked some local people for a nearby crowd free place from where we can enjoy the tranquility of Himalaya. They said to visit Patal Bhubaneswar of Pithorgarh district. We booked a car from Almora to visit those places and it took about 3hours to reach Pithorgarh.
What to see?
If you are a nature lover looking for a peaceful place away from that worldly ups & downs then Pithoragarh is the ideal option for you. It is set in a valley known as soar valley meaning cool and calmness which gives a majestic view of the Kumaun Himalaya.
Patal Bhubaneswar :
It is a limestone cave temple of Bhubaneswar village under the Pithoragarh district. It is basically a limestone cave, located at about 1350 ft above the sea level and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The road condition of Almora to this temple was so bad that time. My brother and I vomited 2/3 times by the jerking of the car. After a tiresome journey, when we reached the caves, we realized that the journey was worth to visit it. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures of various hues and forms. It was like the Bora caves of Araku. The climb down the cave was thrilling. Walk on the narrow, steep and dark passage of uneven and slippery cold stone with the support iron chain under the dim lights was really frightening for us. Although I am sure nobody will regret it if they take the plunge to visit it.
Chandak Hills of Pithorgarh:
The imposing Chandak Hills is an amazing mountain range in Pithoragarh that offers a stunning view of the gorgeous landscape of this place. Apart from that, there was a Mostmanu Temple in the valley of Chandak hill.
There were many stunning temples in the city. The views of landscapes from the different parts of town were different. We didn’t stay there and returned to Almora after the Day rip. But, if I get a chance, I must stay there for one or two days to explore it more intensely. If you are planning a long-weekend getaway, I would suggest keeping Pithoragarh as the base camp to tour the town and some of the nearby destinations, like Munsyari, Choukari, and Nanital.
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