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Pithoragarh is a town with a Municipal Board in the Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, which was carved out of the Almora district in 1960.GeographyPithoragarh is located at. It has an average elevation of 1,514 metres (4,967 feet).History"The district is named after its headquarters town, Pithoragarh. Tradition has it that during the reign of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon, one Piru, also called Prithvi Gosain, built a fort here and named it Prithvigarh which, in the course of time, got changed into Pithoragarh."SharadotsavPithorgarh is known for its unique culture. Saradotsav has played a significant role in conserving and sharing this culture. It is an important event that draws a huge crowds and showcases local culture through music and dance, often featuring performances in the Kumaoni language. Schools from the different part of district performed folk dances and songs. Various competitions are also held.In popular cultureThe small town has been extensively described in a novel by American author Bradley Swift titled, From Pithoragarh to Pittsburg.How to reach PithoragarhPithoragarh is connected to the outside world by road although it has a seldom-used air strip. Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh from plains. Both these places are connected by railway services. Regular state bus transport services along with private taxi services are available at both places.
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