DHARCHULA is a town that is located in the PITHORGARH district of the state of UTTARAKHAND. The Narayan Ashram is located around 98 km from the town of DHARCHULA and it can accommodate up to 40 people at any given time. The MANOSAROVAR Lake is a pilgrim centre and many devotees come to the place to take a holy bath, in the frigid waters. Some of the main attractions in the place are Narayan Ashram, MANSAROVAR Lake, CHIKRILA Dam, Kali River and Om PARVAT. DHARCHULA is a small and remote place and it is located along an ancient trade route through the Himalayan Mountains. The town is completely surrounded by hills on all sides and the views are breath taking. The people of the town of DHARCHULA have any similar characteristics to the people of the town called DARCHULA in Nepal, which is just across the border. There are a few places of tourist interest that are located in the town, however most tourists who travel here, come to witness the unique culture and diversity of the people.
Bounded by the KUMAON Region's mountains and high peaks and glaciers of PANCHCHULI range on the west, this town lies on the way to a very famous pilgrimage of India namely KAILASH MANSAROVER.
Situated on the banks of River Kali on Indo-Nepal border, DARCHULA follows same traditions, customs and lifestyle just like its counterpart in Nepal. Blessed with large variety of flora and fauna, from Oak, Pine, Apple and Deodar trees to animals such as dears, fox, leopard and bear, this area can also be spotted with plenty of dry fruits. A peaceful place adorned with very few attractions, DARCHULA is a good place to go only if you are looking for solitude or get away from tourists or city life. A remote town of Uttaranchal, DARCHULA is a place with lots of scenic beauty.
The fair is held here in the month of November which attracts people from different places. The people of Nepal also visit this place during this fair as the river holds great importance for them. JAULJIBI is situated 23kms from DHARCHULA at a scenic location. JAULJIBI is located at the confluence of GORI River and Kali River.
NARAYAN ASHRAM –
This spiritual-cum-socio educational centre is set at an altitude of 2734 metres amidst scenic surroundings. It has a school for local children's and imparts training to local youth. There is also a library, meditation room and SAMADHI-STHAL. It has a school for local children's and imparts training to local youth. There is also a library, meditation room and SAMADHI-STHAL. The ashram was established by Narayan Swami in the year 1936. It is situated 44kms from DHARCHULA.
ASKOT SANCTUARY –
ASKOT Sanctuary is located at an elevation of 5412ft above sea level. This sanctuary is not only rich in varied flora and fauna but it also affords the charming vistas of nature’s beauteousness.
You can see BHARALS, MONALS, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, CHIRS, KOKLAS, pheasants, musk DEERS, snow cocks, TAHRA, and CHUKORS. CHIRKILA DAM -
CHIRKILA is situated 20km ahead of DHARCHULA. The dam has a capacity of producing 1500kW of energy. The dam is adjoined by an invigorating lake which is 1km in length. This lake will soon be facilitated with water sports by UTTARAKHAND Government. CHIRKILA dam is built on Kali River at CHIRKILA
By Air: PANTNAGAR is connected to Delhi with daily flights. Pant Nagar Airport is well connected by metalled road with DHARCHULA. It is a domestic airport and its nearest International airport is New Delhi. NAINI Saini Airport is situated near Pithoragarh but it is not very active. The nearest airport to DHARCHULA is PANTNAGAR Airport. PANTNAGAR airport is situated 317kms from DHARCHULA in the NAINITAL district of UTTARAKHAND state. Taxis are available from PANTNAGAR Airport to Pithoragarh, CHAMPAWAT and DHARCHULA.
By Rail: The nearest rail-head to DHARCHULA is TANAKPUR. The distance from TANAKPUR Railway station to DHARCHULA is 218kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from TANAKPUR to DHARCHULA and Pithoragarh. TANAKPUR is well-connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to TANAKPUR are frequent with major destinations of India.
By Road: Taxis and buses are easily available to DHARCHULA from major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state. DHARCHULA is well connected by metallic roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND and northern India. Buses from ISBT ANAND VIHAR are available to CHAMPAWAT, ALMORA, TANAKPUR and many other destinations from where you can easily hire a local cab to reach DHARCHULA.