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About the Pithoragarh district

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Brief About Pithorgarh District
Profile Pithoragarh District having its entire northern and eastern boundaries being international, assumes a great strategic significance and, obviously, is a politically sensitive district along the northern frontier of India. Being the last district adjoining Tibbet, it has tremendous strategic importance as the passes of Lipulekh, Kungribingri, Lampia Dhura, Lawe Dhura, Belcha and Keo, open out to Tibbet. The breath taking beauty of Pithoragarh - Himalayas, wide expenses of grassy meadow, perennial streams roaring down the zig-zag course, a stupendous variety of flora and fauna, above all, pure nature yet unsullied, seem to beckon the beholder into their folds, into a charmed world of virgin beauty.

It was in the wake of the Chinese aggression that on the 24th Feb. 1960, a sizeable section of Almora district was carved into Pithoragarh district containing extreme border areas with its head quarters in Pithoragarh town. On 15th September 1997, the Champawat Tehsil, hitherto under Pithoragarh, was carved into Champawat district.

The Pithoragarh town is located at a height of 1645 meters above sea level.The district lies between 29.4° to 30.3° North latitude and 80° to 81° East longitude along the eastern and southern part of the central Himalayas with Indo- Greenary in Pithoragarh Photo : Deep Chauhan Tibbetan watershed divide in the north and the Kali river forming a continuous border with Nepal in the east. The Pithoragarh district is surrounded by the national boundaries of Almora, Champawat, Bageshwar and Chamoli districts and extends over an area of 7,169 sq. Kms. The details of the land utilization are given as below :

There are numerous gay spots to which the prospective tourist may plan excursions like Chandak , Thal Kedar, Gangolihat (77 kms) famous for its kali temple, Patal Bhuvneshwar (99 kms) , Berinag (Tea Garden of Chaukori - 11 km away from Berinag), Didihat,Munsyari (base camp for traks to Milam,Ralam and Namik Glacier), Dharchula (base camp for Kailas Mansarover Yatra, Adi Kailash Yatra , Narayan Swami Ashram) and Jauljibi.

Administrative set up The district has been divided into five tehsils viz. Munsyari, Dharchula, Didihat, Gangolihat and Pithoragarh having its head quarter at Pithoragarh and the Commissionery head quarter at Nainital. There are 8 Development Blocks, 3 Towns, 64 Nyaya Panchayats and 651 Gram Sabhas in the district. There are 1635 villages out of which 1568 are inhabited. As per 1991 census, total population of the district is 4,16,647 out of which 2,09,177 are males and 2,07470 females. Also the Total literacy rate of the district at present is 61.4.

Seasons

The entire district exhibits four broad seasons in the year

1. Winter or Cold weather (mid Dec. - mid March)
2. Summer or hot weather (mid March - mid June)
3. Season of general rains (South - West monsoon season)
4. Season of retreating monsoon (mid September to mid November)

Temperature : During the coldest month of January, tropical ridges and high location along the lesser Himalaya record an average monthly temperature between 5.5°C and 8°C. By the March the temperature begins to rise progressively till early June which is the hottest month every where. Dharchula and Jhulaghat record an average temperature between 30 - 45°C.

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