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Dharchula - A Jewel Amidst The Peaks


Dharchula is a beautiful town located on the Indo-Nepal border in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. The name of the place is derived from the words ‘Dhar’ and ‘Chula’, whereas Dhar means peak and chula means stove in Hindi. This name was given after the shape of the hilly town which resembles a stove.

The town, which is surrounded by mountains, is situated at a distance of 90 km from the Pithoragarh town. The snow clad Panchchuli peaks located on the west of Dharchula separate the place from the Johar Valley. The town has few tourist attractions among which Manasa Sarovar or Lake Manas is a famous name to mention.

Tourist Places In And Around Dharchula

Manasarovar is a freshwater lake located in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The lake has great spiritual importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also believed that the water of the lake clears off the sins of individuals and leads them to salvation. Buddhists associate Manasarovar with Anavatapta which is a mythical lake believed to be the site where Lord Buddha was conceived.

There are few monasteries located on the shores of the lake among which the Chiu Gompa Monastery, constructed on a steep hill is notable. The lake is believed to be the source of the prominent rivers, namely Brahmaputra, Karnali, Indus and Sutlej. Tourists can also see the Rakshastal Lake which lies to the west of Manasarovar. In addition, rafting can be enjoyed on the river Kali which emerges from the Greater Himalayas at Kalapaani.

The Chirkila Dam built over the river is connected to a beautiful lake and is a popular picnic spot. Travellers planning a trip to Dharchula can also see Om Parvat, Adi Kailash, India-Nepal & India-Sino border and Narayan Ashram located nearby.

How To Reach Dharchula

Tourists can reach the destination by hiring a cab from Pantnagar Airport. This air base is connected to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi by daily flights. The railway station closest to Dharchula is located at Tanakpur. There are state owned buses which run from Pithoragarh to Dharchula.

Best Time To Visit Dharchula

Tourists are advised to visit the destination during the winter season as the weather is comfortable during this time.

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How to Reach Dharchula

  • By Road
    Dharchula is connected to Pithoragarh town by state owned buses. Buses also run from the Interstate Bus Terminal, Anad Vihar, Delhi to Champawat, Almora and Tanakpur. Tourists can hire taxis from these towns to reach Dharchula.
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  • By Train
    The closest railway station is located in the Tanakpur town at a distance of 239 km from Dharchula. This station is connected to the major cities of India by frequent trains. Tourists can hire taxis from the station to Dharchula.
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  • By Air
    Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airbase located at a distance of 335 km from Dharchula. There are daily flights which connect this airport with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. All major towns of India are connected to this international airport by flights. Taxis and cabs are available from the Pantnagar Airport to Dharchula.
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