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In 1841 Pilgrim (Barron), while passing through Pithoragarh, wrote : "............. The first view of Pithoragarh is striking, in one instant, when you reach the top of the pass (Chandak) which overlooks it, a wide valley bursts on the view, with the small neat military cantonment, fort and scattecyan villages, and meandering streams, which distribute fertility to thousands of well cultivated fields....... I was apprehensive, too, that the beauties of Nainital had exhausted the store, and found that I was never in my life more mistaken."
After its conquest by the Rajwar of Ukko Bhartpal in the year 1364, Pithoragarh was for the whole of the remaining 14th century by the three generation of Pals and the kingdom extended from Pithoragarh to Askot. According to a tamrapatra dating back to 1420 the Pal dynasty was uprooted by the Brahm dynasty of Nepal but subsequently following the death of Gyan Chand in a conflict with Kshetra Pal, the Pal supre- macy was restored. It is believed that Bhartichand, an ancestor of Gyan Chand, had replaced bums, the ruler of Pithoragarh, after defeating them in 1445. In 16th century the chand dynasty again took control over Pithoragarh town and in 1790 built a new fort on the hill where the present Girls Inter College is situated. Subsequently after the British domination, Pithoragarh remained a Tehsil under Almora district until it was elevated as a district in the year 1960. To a tourist it will unfold its unique charms as a combination of the rural and the urban, the former scattered around in abundance and the latter in forms out lined below :
Hospitals : B.D. Pande Govt. District Hospital, Govt. Female Hospital, Sitapur Eye Hospital, Police Hospital, Ayurvedic Hospital, T.B. Hospital, Military Hospital Kasni, Bisht Nursing Home, Jivan Jyoti Hospital [With ICU & Ambulance facility].
Filling Stations : M/S Harlal Shah Tanakpur road, M/S Harbans Motor works
Post Offices : General Post Office, Sub post office at Siltham, Shivalaya and degree college.
Entertainment : Natraj Cinema, Video Parlour : Krishna, Anamika, Sun video, Sony TV & Cable.
Shopping Centres : Simalgair , Naya Bazar, Dharamshala, Siltham, Cinema Line, Purana Bazar.
Information Centres : Regional Tourist Officer Tel. 25527, District Information Officer Tel. 25549.
Accommodation : Forest Rest House, P.W.D. Inspection bungalow, Tourist Rest House, N.H.P.C. guest house.
Adventure Club : Soar Adventure Club.
Hotels & Restaurants : Uttaranchal Deep, Samrat Hotel, Raja Hotel, Ulka Priyadarshini, Hotel Yash, Subham Hotel, Anand Hotel, Zara Residency / Mughal Darbaar restaurant near Naini Saini, Meghna, Satkar and Ruchi Sweets.
Railway Reservation: Computerized Railway Reservation Counter at Takana near Collectorate Pithoragarh.