Pithoragarh is a town with a Municipal Board in the Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was carved out of the Almora district in 1960. The district is named after its headquarters town, Pithoragarh. Tradition has it that during the reign of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon, one Piru, also called Prithvi Gosain, built a fort here and named it Prithvigarh which, in the course of time, got changed into Pithoragarh.
Pithorgarh is known for its unique culture. Saradotsav has played a significant role in conserving and sharing this culture. It is an important event that draws a huge crowds and showcases local culture through music and dance, often featuring performances in the Kumaoni language. Schools from the district perform folk dances and songs. Competitions are also held.
Pithoragarh is connected by road, and it has a seldom-used airstrip.
Haldwani and Tanakpur are two entry points for entering Pithoragarh. Both are connected by railway services. Regular state bus transport services along with private taxi services are available at both places.