Himalayan view from Pithoragarh
|Elevation||1,514 m (4,967 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Pithoragarh is a western Himalayan town with a Municipal Board in Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the largest unorganised semi-urbanised village cluster in the hills of Uttarakhand. Local governing bodies have been trying hard to provide basic amenities to people since ages, however it is hard to find the evidence of their struggle on ground.
"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 to Pithoragarh."
Saradotsav has played a significant role in conserving and sharing Pithorgarh's unique culture. It showcases local culture through music and dance, often featuring performances in the Kumaoni language.
The small town was extensively described in a novel by American author Bradley Swift, From Pithoragarh to Pittsburg. There is no mention of the book anywhere in the internet, also the author hasn't had done much work in writing it seems.
Pithoragarh is connected by road, and it also has an airport. Commercial flights on 3 routes are proposed under government scheme. Flights in Pithoragarh - Dehradun, Pithoragarh - Pantnagar and Pithoragarh - Ghaziabad route are planned to be operational. Out of these Pithoragarh - Ghaziabad (Hindon) route was launched on Oct, 12th 2019. A Heritage Aviation aircraft with nine passengers on board took off from Naini-Saini airport in Pithoragarh to mark the start of flight operations between the Pithoragarh and the Hindon airport.
Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh by road. Both are connected by railway services. Regular state bus transport services along with private taxi services are available at both places.
Schools in Pithoragarh are run by the state government or private organisations, many of which are religious. Hindi and English are the primary languages of instruction. Schools in Pithoragarh follow the "10+2+3" plan.
After completing their secondary education, students typically enroll in Inter Colleges that have a higher secondary facility and are affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education, CISCE or the Department of Education of the Government of Uttarakhand. They usually choose a focus on liberal arts, business, or science.
As of 2011, Pithoragarh had 17 primary schools, 20 middle schools, 22 secondary schools, 14 senior secondary schools, and 1 degree college.:685 Before independence, during the middle of the 19th century when Pithoragarh was part of Almora, there were only two middle schools in Pithoragarh.
LSM Govt. Post Graduate College is the only government college in the town providing studies up to post-graduation. It is affiliated to Kumaun University, Nainital. With the growing impact of I.T., the government opened SIT Pithoragarh in 2011. Almost a dozen of privately owned computer centres opened up later in the town. A few of the IT centres which are in Pithoragarh town are NIIT, Hiltron, Aptech,UpHill Computers, Info.Park, Sri Calculation and Care Computer.