Pithoragarh is an important tourist as well as a strategic location because it borders Tibet on its north and Nepal on its east. The Pithoragarh Valley is quite popular for its mesmerizing landscapes and is often referred to as ‘Little Kashmir’. Situated at 1,650 metres above the sea level, the town serves as an important starting point for pilgrims looking to travel towards Lord Shiva’s home – Kailash and Mansarovar.
Pithoragarh has a long history. It used to be a centre of power during the reign of the Chand Rajas of the Kumaon region. There is also the Pithoragarh Fort which was constructed by the Gurkhas during the 18th-century era. From Chandak hills located near the town, one can experience an amazing view of the snow-capped peaks of various Himalayan mountains like the Nanda Devi, Appi and Panchachuli. The town also serves as a starting point of a number of trek activities around the area. One can also roam around the nearby villages to visit the local sceneries before ascending towards the mountains. An important attraction is a paragliding sport which one can experience here. This place is flocked by devotees throughout the year, especially those travelling towards Kailash and the Mansarovar lake. Some important temples in Pithoragarh are the Nakuleshwar and Kapileshwar Mahadev temples.