Dharchula is a town located in the Pithoragarh district of the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most striking destinations of the Kumaon region which is blessed with lavish cultural and traditional practices.
Dharchula lies on the way to Kailash Mansarovar and Chota Kailash. The dazzling peaks of the Himalayan range and the purity of the valleys nestled in the peaks add to the beauteous galore that Dharchula offers. The imperial Panchachuli peaks can also be glimpsed in and around from Dharchula.
Dharchula is much known for its varied culture and traditions. The traditions comprise of the variety of the ethnic groups co-inhabiting the region of Kumaon, namely the Kumaoni and Shauna or the Bhotiyas communities.
These are warm and welcoming people who offer a home away from home to the travellers and explorers visiting the region. The natural flora and fauna of the region are exquisite. Dharchula is also known for its dry fruits.
One can easily spot animals such as deer, bears, foxes and leopards. Few of the popular tourist attractions located in the vicinity of Dharchula are the Narayan Ashram, Mansarovar Lake, Chikrila Dam, Kali River and Om Parvat. Dharchula is also a significant camping location for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Chota Kailash and Narayan Ashram route.
Dharchula’s one of the most known destination is the imperial view of the awe-inspiring Om Parvat. The height of the peak is 6,191m and 74% of the portion of the Parvat lies in the neighbouring country of Nepal while the rest lies in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.
It is treated as one of the most sacred peaks for Hindus. Thousands of the pilgrims and devotees pay their visit to the region to get a glimpse of it. It is popular for the divine symbol that formed on the peak when the ice covers it in snow during the winter. It is regarded as an auspicious and sacred site both for its spiritual significance and the tranquillity that it natural aura brings with it.