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Tanakpur is situated in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand. Tanakpur is located in the Terai-Bhabhar region of Kumaon at an elevation of 837ft above sea level. It is amongst the few places of Uttarakhand which has Rail Connectivity with Bareilly. Tanakpur lies on the riverside of Sharda River. NHPC has set up a Hydro Power Station on Sharda River at Banbasa, near Tanakpur producing 120 MW. Tanakpur is a peaceful small on the Indo-Nepal Border. Purnagiri Temple near Tanakpur attracts thousands of devotees every month.
Tanakpur is emerging as a business town of Kumaon region because of its proximity with Nepal, Kumaon and Uttar Pradesh. Tanakpur is well connected with major transportation facilities. Buses to Tanakpur are easily available from Delhi, Bareilly, Haldwani, Pithoragarh and many other destinations. The literacy rate of Tanakpur is more than the literacy rate of India. The hills of Kumaon region commences from Tanakpur. Tanakpur is only 3kms from Indo-Nepal border.