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About Dharchula

Located on the Indo-Nepal border, Dharchula is an amazing town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state. The town has been a famous trading centre since medieval times. The town is known to be a place surrounded by mountains and lies at a distance of 90 km from the town of Pithoragarh. Dharchula hill station is separated from the Johar Valley by the snow covered Panchkuli peaks. The place offers spectacular views of the mighty Himalayas. Dharchula got its name from two words and also the shape of the town is similar to that of a stove; Dhar and Chula where dhar means peak whereas Chula means stove in Hindi.

Dharchula is also known as a Nepali town as it shares borders with Nepal and is separated from Nepal by the Kali River. It also shares its border with China and is located on the Indo-Nepal border. Thus, Dharchual is considered to be a strategically sensitive area. It would be one of the best trekking excursions as Dharchula is the base of Namik, Ralam and Milam Glaciers. The place hosts many breathtaking tourist spots and is famous for its picturesque beauty.

Dharchula Hill Station in Uttarakhand

Geography of Dharchula

Dharchula is located at an elevation of 2298 meters above the sea level which offers a splendid view of the Himalayan peaks. The geographical coordinate of Dharchula is 29.88°N longitude and 80.54°E latitude. The climate of Dharchula has allowed the vegetation in the region to flourish. The town of Dharchula is covered beautifully with trees of pine, deodar, apple and oak. The animal kingdom of the region is also quite rich with a wide variety of wild animals such as monkeys, leopards, deer, foxes and bears.

Climate of Dharchula

Dharchula is one of those hill stations that have a pleasant climate for most of the year. However, it would not be advisable to visit during the monsoon season. The town remains wet and trekking activities are closed during this time. Summer months are quite pleasant while the winters are blessed with snow. The months from October - November remains quite pleasant.

Snow Capped Mountains in Dharchula

Summers in Dharchula
Summers in Dharchula are the months from March till June. The maximum temperature during summers is 27° C while the lowest temperature would be around 7° C. It is advisable to carry light winter clothing to Dharchula during summers.

Winters in Dharchula
Winter season in Dharchula can be bone chilling and one can enjoy the snow clad mountains. The temperature falls down to around -3° C while the maximum temperature that you can expect during winters is 15° C. The winter season in Dharchula starts from December till February. Heavy woolens should be carried during your trip to Dharchula in the winter season.

Monsoons in Dharchula
Dharchula experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon months which is from July till September. Most of the trekking activities remain closed during this time. The rainfall is highest in the month of August.

Population of Dharchula

As per the census records of 2011, Dharchula had a total population of 3738. And the sex ratio of the town is 51% males and 49% females. Dharchula town had an average literacy rate of 64%. According to the survey of India census, Dharchula had a population of 17% below the age of 6 years.

Economy of Dharchula

The town of Dharchula was a famous ancient trading centre on the Trans - Himalayan trading routes. Trading which was based on the barter system was the only source of income for the local folks of Dharchula. The inhabitants used to exchange local handicrafts like carpets, popularly known as “Dan” with the Tibetans for food and clothing. However, after the Indo - China war in 1962, all businesses with the Tibetans came to an end. This brought a lot of hardship in the lives of the people and they were compelled to get themselves engaged in other alternate means of earning like farming, small businesses and cattle farming. Though now with Government intervention, the locals have been provided with many good tourism facilities.

Culture of Dharchula

Fairs in DharchulaDharchula is a beautiful hill station that shares its borders with both Nepal and China. The people of Dharchula, Nepal and China have common lifestyle, culture and tradition. The inhabitants of Nepal and China can cross the border without any check of passport and visa. They can move in quite easily without any hassle but for large goods there is a customs checkpoint. The official languages of the town are Kumaoni and Dotiyali languages. The inhabitants of Dharchula are people of the Rung Tribe who are known for their culture, resilience, dynamism and attachment. Dharchula is also an important point for camps on the routes of Kailash - Mansarovar, Chotta Kailash and Narayan Ashram. Tawaghat is the town next to Dharchula from where the treks to most of the yatras start. Dharchula also has great cultural significance as it is the meeting place for the Kumaoni, Shauka and Nepalese during the Jauljibi International Mela. This Mela is celebrated every year in the month of November at the convergence of the Gori and Kali Rivers near Dharchula.

Places to Visit in Dharchula

Located in the northern state of Uttarakhand in the district of Pithoragarh, Dharchula is a beautiful hill station and a nagar panchayat. It is an ancient trading town on the Trans - Himalayan routes and is surrounded by snow clad high mountains. It is located on the banks of River Kali which is the western boundary of Nepal with India. There are many eye-catching spots in Dharchula. Here is a list of all the places to see in Dharchula


Jauljibi is a famous tourist spot as it is the meeting point of Gori and Kali Rivers. The inhabitants of Nepal and the local folks celebrate together the grand fair in the month of November every year. This well known spot is located 23 km from Dharchula.

Jauljibi Tourist Spot in Dharchula

Kali River

The river Kali is named after the Goddess Kali and it flows through the town of Dharchula. Mighty Himalayas at Kalapaani that is situated at an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level is the source of the river. The river flows through the state of Uttarakhand and shares the international border with Nepal.

Om Parvat

A famous Hindu pilgrimage site, Om Parvat is also known by many other names like Little Kailash, Baba Kailash, Adi Kailash, Chhota Kailash and Jonglingkong Peak. It also looks like the Mount Kailash of Tibet. The snow toppling on the mountain range looks similar to the word “Aum” which is considered sacred by Hindus. From here, tourists can also visit the Jonglingkong Lake and the Parvati Lake from here.

Narayan Ashram

The Narayan Ashram is a spiritual site that was established in the year 1936 by Sri Narayan Swami. The Ashram is situated at an elevation of 2734 meters above sea level. It can accommodate around 40 people at a time and the Ashram organizes many spiritual and social activities. It is close to Ogla, Tawaghat and Jauljibi. Due to heavy snowfall, the Ashram remains closed during the winter season.

Narayan Ashram in Dharchula

Askot Sanctuary

The Askot Sanctuary is perched at an average elevation of 5412 feet above the sea level. It is a popular place among wildlife enthusiasts and is the home of a wide variety of flora and fauna. Tourists can spot black bears, musk deer, snow leopards, chirs, pheasants, tahra, kaklas, bharals, snow cocks and chukors in the sanctuary.

Chirkila Dam

It is a popular picnic spot located across the River Kali. The Chirkila dam supplies water to the neighboring regions and is situated around 20 km from the town of Dharchula. Currently, the dam has the capacity of 1500 KW of power to generate.

Places to Visit Around Dharchula

Dharchula is surrounded by many amazing locations and cities. Here is a list of all the cities around the proximity of Dharchula which you can visit while your trip to Dharchula.

Berinag Town in Uttarakhand

  • Berinag
  • Lohaghat
  • Didihat
  • Pithoragarh
  • Bageshwar
  • Champawat
  • Almora
  • Ranikhet
  • Adi Kailash
  • Arjuneshwar Temple
  • Chaukori
  • Didihat
  • Gangolihat
  • Milam Glacier
  • Munsiyari
  • Nakuleshwar Temple
  • Panchachuli Peaks

Best Time to Visit Dharchula

Dharchula has a pleasant and calm temperature throughout the year. However, the best months to visit the town for trekking are from March - June and September - October. If you want to enjoy the snowfall in Dharchula, then it would be advisable to visit during December - February. Monsoon period should be avoided.

How to Reach Dharchula

Dharchula can be easily reached by taxi, luxury bus coaches and car. Here is a brief summary of how you can get to Dharchula by air, rail and road

By Air
Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of 249 km from Dharchula. It is a domestic airport and the nearest international airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Pantnagar is connected with Delhi by daily flights. From Pantnagar Airport one can easily hire a taxi to Dharchula and other nearby places like Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Almora. There is also a airport in Pithoragarh - Naini Saini Airport but flights are not quite frequent.

By Rail
Kathgodam and Tanakpur are the nearest railheads from Dharchula. The distance from Kathgodam and Tanakpur Railway Stations to Dharchula is 217 km and 218 km respectively. You can easily get a taxi or bus from Kathgodam and Tanakpur to Almora, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Dharchula. Both, Tanakpur and Kathgodam railway stations are well connected with all the major cities of India.

By Road
Dharchula is connected very well with the whole of northern India and also with the major destinations of Uttarakhand. Buses are available from Anand VIhar ISBT to Tanakpur, Champawat, Almora, Haldwani and many other cities from where you can easily take a taxi to Dharchula. The road to Dharchula is also very decent.

Hotels in Dharchula

Yash Hotel in DharchulaThere are not many stay options in Dharchula but the few ones available are very neatly and well maintained. You can also book KMVN Guest House at a reasonable price. Here is a list of the hotels and guest houses in Dharchula

Hotel Yash
Address: Tanakpur Road, Ancholi,
Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India
Tariff: 500 INR onwards

KMVN Guest House
Address: Dharchula,
District - Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
Tariff: 600 INR onwards

Restaurants or Dhabas in Dharchula

Dharchula has many eating options in roadside dhabas where you can get traditional and delicious food. The options of eating places in Dharchula are listed here

Kaman Da Dhaba
Address: Delhi - Dharchula National Highway,
Chami Garkha, Uttarakhand

Atithi Griha Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Delhi - Dharchula National Highway,
Contact Number: 09458270517

Distance from Dharchula to Nearby Cities

Delhi to Dharchula - 543 km
Khatima to Dharchula - 241 km
Almora to Dharchula - 180 km
Kausani to Dharchula - 170 km
Haldwani to Dharchula - 268 km
Nainital to Dharchula - 243 km
Bageshwar to Dharchula - 140 km
Ranikhet to Dharchula - 219 km
Haridwar to Dharchula - 448 km
Moradabad to Dharchula - 384 km
Champawat to Dharchula - 159 km
Champawat to Dharchula - 159 km
Lohaghat to Dharchula - 147 km
Pithoragarh to Dharchula - 83 km
Didihat to Dharchula - 64 km
Tanakpur to Dharchula - 219 km
Munsiyari to Dharchula - 38 km
Abbot Mount to Dharchula - 142 km

Things to Do in Dharchula

Here is a list of all the adventure activities one can explore in Dharchula

Mountain Biking in Dharchula

  • Skiing
  • Trekking
  • Rafting
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding

You can contact the District Adventure Sports Officer for these activities. The details are given below

Name: Mr. Khushal Singh Negi
Designation: District Adventure Sports Officer
Address: District Tourism Development Office, Uttarkashi
Contact Number: 01374 - 223130, 09412320157 (Mobile)

Emergency Services in Dharchula

The emergency services in Dharchula will consist of all the important numbers that you will need in situations which require immediate help or action. This list will have contact numbers of Police Helpline, Important Police Officials, Fire Helpline and Ambulance Services. These numbers will help you in getting around the city without hassle.

Dharchula Police Station

The contact details of Dharchula Police Station is given below
Contact Number: 05967 - 222204

Important Police Contact Numbers in Dharchula
Superintendent of Police: 05964 - 225539
Deputy Superintendent of Police: 05964 - 225539
Police Wireless Office: 05964 - 225402
Police Lines: 05964 - 225130

Dharchula Fire Services

Fire Services in Dharchula comes under the Fire Station of Pithoragarh. The contact details are mentioned here
Contact Number: 05964 - 225314

Ambulance Services in Dharchula

Air ambulance service is the flying helicopter that has all the ICU facilities. The Air Ambulance Service in Dharchula serves both in domestic and international sectors. Dharchula has the Air Ambulance Services and the hospitals in Dharchula works with the Air Ambulance Services. The service team in Dharchula remains ready to fly and are equipped with also the space program, advanced trauma life support systems, advanced cardiac life support systems to serve the ones who are in need.

Air Ambulance Service in Dharchula

The air ambulance service in Dharchula has the following features:
  • Medical Escort 24/7
  • Transplant recipient
  • Babies and children needing emergencies
  • Multi trauma cases
  • All the multi specialty
  • ICU to ICU transfer (inter hospital intensive care patients)
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Spinal cord/ head injury
  • Ventilator-dependant patients
  • Medical attention, ACLS, ITLS care
  • Medical equipments transport high density infusion pump, cardiac monitor, ventilator, defibilter
  • Advance ICU support
  • Doctor and aero nurse will be available in air ambulance

Contact Number: 09540161344, 09845446634, 09645744117
International Line: 0091-9540161344
Email: airambulance@airambulanceaviation.com, info@airambulance.co.in

Hospitals in Dharchula

There is only one District Hospital in Dharchula where they serve to the needs of the patients at times of emergency situations. The details of the District Hospital is given below

District Hospital
Address: Kailash Mansarovar Road,
Dharchula, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
Contact Number: 05964 - 225687

Utilities and Services in Dharchula

Dharchula has recently gained importance as a tourist attraction. The Government has also rolled out many provisions and is under the process of development. Yet there are many utility services in the town starting from Banks, ATMs, Electricity Supply, Post Office etc. All these services of Dharchula are summarized below for your convenience.

Utility Services in Dharchula

Banks in Dharchula

The Banking sector has quite flourished in Dharchula. There are two nationalized banks and one private bank in the town of Dharchula. The branch details of all the Banks in Dharchula are listed here:

State Bank of India
Branch: Dharchula
District: Pithoragarh
State: Uttarakhand
IFSC Code: SBIN0001376
Branch Code: 001376
MICR Code: 262002033
Address: Dharchula,
Pithoragarh District,
Uttaranchal - 262545
Contact Number: 05967 - 222213, 222747, 222911

Punjab National Bank
Branch: Dharchula
District: Pithoragarh
State: Uttarakhand
IFSC Code: PUNB0675000
Branch Code: 675000
MICR Code: 262024851
Address: Dharchula,
Pithoragarh District,
Uttarakhand - 262545
Contact Number: 05967 - 222125, 09411335757 (Shri Pushkar Garbyal)

IDBI Bank Ltd.
Branch: Dharchula
District: Pithoragarh
State: Uttarakhand
IFSC Code: IBKL0768P05
Branch Code: 768P05
MICR Code: 262813005
Address: Main Market Dharchula,
Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand - 262545

ATMs in Dharchula

There is only one ATM in Dharchula, the details are given below

State Bank of India
Address: Delhi - Dharchula Highway,
Jauljibi, Far - Western Region,
Dharchula, Pithoragarh - 262545

Dharchula Post Office

The Post Office in Dharchula is under the operation of Indian Postal Services. Though the wolrd of internet has changed the way and mode of communication for most of the people yet people from remote areas still believe in the old way of communication through posts. Thus, the postal services in Dharchula is still quite active:

Pin Code: 262545
State: Uttarakhand
District: Pithoragarh
Taluk: Dharchula
Office: Dharchula S.O.
Sub Office: Sub Office (Delivery)
Head Office: Pithoragarh H.O.
Location: Dharchula Taluk of Pithoragarh District
Division: Pithoragarh Division Dehradun Region Uttarakhand Circle
Postal Department: Pithoragarh - 262501
Contact Details: 05967 - 222210

Petrol Pumps in Dharchula

The old design petrol pump machines can still be seen in Dharchula now where one rotates the pump while the other fills the car tank. The other petrol pump in Dharchula is:

Punera Filling Station
Address: Dharchula, Pithoragarh - 262545

Gas Connection in Dharchula

There is only one Cooking Gas Connection centre in Dharchula. The details are given here

Dharchula Gas Service
Address: KMVN Unit, Cannel Road,
Dharchula, Pithoragarh,
Uttarakhand - 262545
Contact Number: 05967 - 222067

Electricity Services in Dharchula

Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) is the services provider of electricity in the district of Pithoragarh. UPCL has its electricity spread in 13 districts which are known as sub - stations and Pithoragarh is one of them. UPCL is the first electrical utility in India to employ women and has initiated women empowerment through Self Help Groups, franchisees for revenue collection, meter reading and bill distribution.

Dharchula at a Glance

District: Pithoragarh
State: Uttarakhand
Famous For: Hill Station
STD Code: 05967
Pin Code: 262545
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi, English, Nepali
MLA of Dharchula: Harish Rawat

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