Activities in Pithoragarh
Trekking: Pithoragarh is the starting point for few treks into the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand including the famed Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. The mesmerizing natural beauty that surrounds the valley of Pithoragarh is sublime.
Village Tourism: One can walk around the villages and learn about their way of life, customs and festivals of the locals. There are few villages and hamlets which one can explore before starting their trek to the higher latitudes of Kumaon Mountains.
Temple Visit: There are quite a few temples and shrines in Pithoragarh which are revered by the locals as well as pilgrims. Nakuleshwar Temple and Kapileshwar Mahadev Temples are well-known temples in Pithoragarh.
Paragliding: Once can also enjoy Paragliding in Pithoragarh as well.
Staying in Pithoragarh
There are many hotels and guesthouses that mushroomed at Pithoragarh in recent years. Tourists can find budget as well as and luxurious accommodation in Pithoragarh at affordable prices. Government-owned guesthouses are tourist bungalows (KMVN) are also available.
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Pithoragarh Food Guide
Being one o the largest town, there are plenty of restaurants and roadside dhabas pepper all over Pithoragarh that would offer delicious North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and continental food. One can also try authentic Kumaoni dishes like Gahat Dal, Sisunak Saag, Kappa and Chainsoo. Bal Mithai and Singauri are popular sweets in Kumaon.
History of Pithoragarh
Pithoragrah has been referred as 'Rai Pithora' by the dynamic Rajput King, Prithviraj Chauhan. In 1364, after being defeated by Bhartpal, the Rajwar of Uku (now in Nepal), Pithoragarh was reigned for the rest of 14th century by the three generations of the Pal dynasty and the kingdom was annexed from Pithoragarh to Askot.
According to the old scriptures, Pal dynasty based out of Askot was soon uprooted by the Chands in 1420. At that time Vijay Brahm of the Brahm dynasty (from Doti) ruled the region as the King. It was after the death of Gyan Chand in a conflict with Kshetra Pal that the Pals were able to reclaim the throne. It is believed that in 1445, Bharti Chand had defeated the 'Bams' or Brahms who were the rulers of Pithoragarh and the Chand dynasty dominated the Pithoragarh town.