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Overview of Gangolihat
Gangolihat is a small hill station located in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district. This place is quite sacred as it is contains the Sakthi Peedams of Hat Kalika, belonging to Goddess Kali. Another remarkable feature of this place is the presence of many underground caves here. This is a scenic place that offers a spectacular view of the Nanda Devi and Panchchuli Peaks.
In the local language, Gang refers to river. The hill station of Gangolihat is bordered by two rivers – Sarayu and Ramganga. These rivers intersect at the base of this hill station. It is mainly due to the presence of these two rivers that this hill station resembles a garland on the majestic Himalayan Mountains. This explains the second part of the name Awali, which means garland. Hat denotes the markets and bazaars that have been existing in this place for quite a long time.
Situated in Pithoragarh district of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, Gangolihat is located at a height of 1347m above sea level. This has an inclination of 29.67 degrees towards the North and 80.05 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Indira Gandhi international airport at New Delhi, at a distance of 312km, is the nearest to Gangolihat.
Rail – Kathgodam Railway station, at a distance of 200km, is the closest to Gangolihat.
Road – Many buses ply from various important places like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Chamoli, Almora and many more cities to Gangolihat on a daily basis.
Local transport – Walking or trekking is the best local mode of transport to get around this place.
Tourist Attractions and things to do
Hat Kalika (place where Adi Sankara installed the Maha Kali Shakti Peeth), Chamunda Mandir, Vaishnavi Mandir (from where a beautiful view of Himalayas is available) and Ambika Dewaal are some of the famous temples dedicated to the Goddess Kali here. The underground caves of Patal Bhubaneswar found near Gangolihat are another major crowd-puller. Some other minor caves in the vicinity of the same area are Mukteshwar Caves, Shaileshwar Caves and Bholeshwar Caves. All these caves have temples dedicated to Lord Shiva deep inside them. Lankeshwar is the tallest peak of Gangolihat and is an ideal place for family picnic spots. Trekking is probably the only activity that tourists can indulge in when they come here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Joshis’ Restaurant, situated within 2km radius of Gangolihat, is one of the good places to eat. This is a religious hill station, therefore, non-vegetarian food is not available here. Rotis, moong dhal curry, and other vegetable dishes are some of the safe to eat foods here
Places to stay
Sailasha Resort is a 2-star accommodation facility in Gangolihat that offers perfect relaxation to its guests. One of the best budget accommodation options is KMVN Tourist Rest House at Gangolihat.
STD, PIN and Emergency Contact numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Gangolihat are 05964 and 262522 respectively. The usual helpline numbers that apply all over the country can be availed here too. They are 100 for Police, 101 for Fire and 102 for Ambulance services.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
State Bank of India
Gangolihat branch, Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand – 262522, Ph: 05964 242242
Baba Ramdev Patanjali Arogya Kendra
Chodhiyar, Gangolihat, Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand – 262522, Ph: 09458138845
District Tourism Development Office, Pithoragarh
Contact person – Mr. SS Yadav (Assistant Tourism Officer in Charge),
Ph: 05964 225527, 09412998518