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Dharchula is a town and a nagar panchayat in Pithoragarh district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. Dharchula is an ancient trading town for the trans-Himalayan trade routes. It is surrounded by high mountains and is situated in a valley, on the banks of the Kali River at 4000m elevation.Dharchula lies about 83km north 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 and stove because the valley in which it lies resembles a stove.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 the two towns have similar traditions, culture, and lifestyle, and can move across the border without a passport or visa. The area has a mixture of Kumaouni and Tibetean language, traditions and culture.DemographicsAs of 2011, the population of Dharchula Nagar Palika was 7,039, 3,797 males and 3,242 females, with a female sex ratio of 854 compared to the state average of 963. Children of 0-6 years represent 12.64% of the population with a child sex ratio of 824 compared to the Uttarakhand state average of 890. The literacy rate of Dharchula city is 88.68%, higher than state average of 78.82%; literacy in males is around 95.10% and in females is 81.20%.Put Dharchula at the heart of your travel plans by using our India sightseeing site.
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