Places to visit in Pithoragarh
India,  Uttarakhand

Best Unforgettable Places to visit in Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh is a small urban town that is famous for its beautiful soar valley and is referred to as ‘Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand’. The places in Pithoragarh are unforgettable because of lush green forests and majestic lakes that flow through the town. Many travel enthusiasts come here for trekking and camping. There are several temples in Pithoragarh that are a must-visit. So, I have arranged a list of places that you can visit in Pithoragarh.

Tourist places at Little Kashmir of Uttarakhand – Pithoragarh

  • Pithoragarh Fort
  • Kapilaswar Cave
  • Didihat
  • Kafni Glacier 
  • Askot Sanctuary
  • Chandak
  • Narayan Ashram

1. Pithoragarh Fort

Pithoragarh Fort
Pithoragarh Fort

This was established in 1789 by Gorkhas after they invaded the town. The fort is visited by many tourists to explore the history of the town. Do not forget to carry your camera along to click the scenic beauty of the surrounding. From here you can have a glimpse of Kali Kumaon. 

Visiting hours = 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Trip Duration = Around 1 hour

Must Read = Activities in Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand – Pithoragarh

2. Didihat


This is a hillock in Pithoragarh district and located at a height of 1800 meters. The place is blessed with natural beauty, forts, and temples. You can visit the place while on a pilgrimage route of Kailash and Mansarovar. From the top of Didihat, you can see the mighty peaks of Himachal like Trishul peaks and Panchachuli. The best time to visit the place is before sunset and at any time of year. Avoid monsoon season and winters because the weather becomes harsh to enjoy the travel. 

Best time to visit = Before sunset

Entry fee = Free

Trip Duration = Around 3-4 hours 

3. Kafni Glacier 

Kafni Glacier
Kafni Glacier

The Kafini Glacier lies in Pindar valley and the place is a perfect spot for trekking. Tourists who trekked up to the top of peak reviewed that the view from the top is beautiful and perfect for photography. Through the trek, you can see Burans, which is one of the most beautiful flowers. There are guest houses nearby from where you can hire a guide for trekking and a tent for camping. Charges of camping and trekking vary with the services you choose.    

Best time to visit = April, June, September, October, November

Charges = Free

Suggested Read = Famous Activities and Tourist Places in Binsar

4. Askot Sanctuary

Askot Sanctuary
Askot Sanctuary

This sanctuary is 40 km from Pithoragarh and is surrounded by a wide range of flora and fauna. The surrounding of the sanctuary is gorgeous and that’s what attracts lots of tourists. Wildlife lovers can find animals here like Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, musk bears and many more.

Visiting hours = 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Entry Fee = Free 

Trip Duration = Around 1-2 Hours

5. Chandak


This is a small hill in the north of Soar valley and is famous for the beauty and adventure activities. The best thing you can do here is to go trekking in majestic hills. If you don’t fear height, then the best thing you can try here is hand gliding that. The major attraction of the place is the Mostamanu temple that can be reached by foot in no time. The best time to visit the place is in august and September because during these months a fair is organised.    

Visiting hours = 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Trip Duration = Around 1-2 hours

Entry Fee = Free

6. Kapilaswar Cave

Cave is famous for a cave temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. To reach the cave you need to walk a short distance because the cave is situated at a height. From the cave, you can a breath-taking view of Soar valley and snow-capped mountains. Tourists come here for worship and to take pictures with beautiful surroundings. 

Visiting hours = 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Entry fee = Free 

Trip Duration = Around 1-2 Hour

Must Read = Activities in Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand – Pithoragarh

Frequently Asked Questions?

Q. How to reach Pithoragarh?

A. By Air – Dehradun International Airport is the nearest airport.
By Rail – Tanakpur is the nearest railway station from Pithoragarh.
By Road – There are regular bus and taxis services all around the city.

Q. What type of food is available in Pithoragarh?

A. The place is a small town and there are not many hotels to eat outside, there are only small Dhabas and stalls. At some places, there are restaurants that serve some of the best north Indian dishes. 

Q. Best time to visit Pithoragarh?

A. Summer season is the best time to visit Pithoragarh. In monsoon and winter season the climate becomes dangerous to travel.

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