Pithoragrah attracts an equal number of tourists and pilgrims. While adventure sports lovers arrive here to enjoy scenic treks in the lap of Himalayas, pilgrims come here to seek the blessings of Hindu gods and goddesses. The place lies en route to Kailash Mansarovar. During this sacred yatra, pilgrims take a halt at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. Apart from a wonderful Himalayan environment, the place also offers a wide range of tourist places to visit. Given below are some of those places that you wouldn't ever want to miss..
It's one of the highly sacred temples is placed at a distance of 15 kilo meters away from the hilly district. To reach Dhwaj temple tourists also need to cover at least 4 kilo meters on foot. The Dhwaj shrine is located at a height of 2,100 meters above the level of the sea. The holy shrine is devoted to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. Tourists can also view the utmost beautiful scenes of the mighty Himalayas from the temple site.
The Ashram was developed in the year of 1936 by Narayan Swami. The Ashram is spiritual and engaged also. The Naraina ashram also provides education to the local children. Ashram also helps to the local children in improving the socio-economic activities. Naraina is surrounded with colorful flowers. Not only the in India but the foreigners as well visit the ashram throughout the year. It also includes meditation rooms.
The place is well popular among the tourist for its mythological importance and for its rich culture. The area is around 77 kilo meters away from Pithoragarh. The location of Gangolihat also includes a Mahakali temple where the Adi Guru Shankaracharya constructed the Shakti Peeth. This area is offered to Lord Shiva. Tourist can also see the Mankeshwar temple and the fort located closer to Gangolihat.
Dharchula is one of the attractions of Pithoragarh located on the bank of River Kali. Dharchula town is 90 kilo meters away from the Pithoragarh district. There is a valley in the area which the name of the destination is taken from as it is in the shape of a Stove and Chula in Hindi. From cultural point of view Dharchula is of high importance. Tourists can also enjoy the confluence of the River kali and Gori Rivers near Dharchula.
Thal Kedar is a sacred Shaivite pilgrim destination. The holy site id devoted to Hindu Gad Lord Shiva. One can see the huge gathering of Hindu followers during Shivratri. Thal Kedar is jut 15 kilo meters off from Pithoragarh town. This distance can be covered by trekking from Aincholi or Pithoragarh. The site is situated at a height of 2000 meters above the sea level.
At a distance of 3 kilo meter from Pithoragarh Kalpeshwar Mahadev cave is situated. The holy cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pilgrims can view the Valley of Soar and Himalayan mountains from this site. It is said that Kapil Muni meditated in these caves. There are many tunnels in side the temple which kept closed. Pilgrims have to walk at least 10 meter in side the cave to reach to the Deity.