Dharchula is surrounded by high mountains and is situated in a valley, on the banks of the Kali River at 915 m (3,002 ft) elevation. The city lies about 83 km (52 mi) northerly of Pithoragarh along the route of the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage tour. The name of the town may originate from the Hindi words for “mountain peak” (dhar) and “stove” (chulha) because the valley in which it lies resembles a stove.
The town is dominated by and Rung and Shauka people, the two words often being used as synonyms. They have sharp features and are of short height. The people are quite hospitable and simple in their living.
Nepal has a town with a similar name, Darchula, across the river Mahakali – which acts as the natural border between India and Nepal over a long stretch. People of both towns have similar traditions, culture, and lifestyle and move across the border without hindrance and without passport or visa. The area has a mixture of Kumaouni and Tibetean language, traditions and culture.
How To Reach Dharchula By Air
Naini Saini is the closest airport about 70 km away from Dharchula. Regular flights connect Naini Saini (Pithoragarh) to Delhi, Dehradun to Naini Saini. Delhi is well connected to most cities within the country as well as major cities across the world. Taxis are available at the airport to reach Dharchula from Naini Saini airport airport.
How To Reach Dharchula By Train
Tanakpur is the nearest railhead, located at a distance around 150 km from Pithoragarh. This railway station is well connected to major cities of North India like Delhi, Jammu, Ranikhet, Kanpur, Kolkata and Dehradun. Taxis and regular buses are available from the station to Dharchula.
How To Reach Dharchula By Road
Dharchula is well connected by road to most major neighbouring cities. State-owned buses connect Dharchula to Pithoragarh, Almora, Kathgodam, Munsiyari, Tanakpur, Lohaghat, etc. Daily buses ply between Delhi and Almora.