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Didihat is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Pithoragarh
Elevation 1,725 m (5,659 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,805
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 262551

Didihat is a town and a nagar panchayat in Pithoragarh district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.


  • Etymology 1
  • Demographics 2
  • History 3
  • Geography 4
  • Administration 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Didihat is named after Kumauni language word 'Dand' means a small hillock.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Didihat had a population of 4805. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. Didihat has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84% and, female literacy is 75%. In Didihat, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Sherakot temple
A priest at the Sherakot temple

Historically this region was ruled by feudal Raika Malla kings of Sirakot. Till the time of King Hari Malla, this region was under Doti Kingdom of Nepal. Later on in 1581 AD at the time of Chand dynasty ruler Rudra Chand, this region came under the control of Chand rulers defeating Raikas of Doti. Still today some remnants of ancient fort and temples are present to tell the tale. Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is administratively situated in Didihat Tehsil.

Clear view of Himalayan snow-capped peaks is observed from this place, especially Panchachuli and Trishuli. Didihat is famous for ancient Shirakot Temple of Lord Malay Nath, built by Raika Kings. Nearby ten km from here, Narayan Swamy Ashram at Narayan Nager is worth visiting. Regional Headquarters of ITBP is situated at Merthi at 6 km from Didihat. Didihat falls on the pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar.


Didihat is a deep Himalayan tourist destination situated 54 km from Pithoragarh. The small hilly town is full of pure natural beauty with lush green flora at an altitude of 1725 m. Didihat is situated on the hill top plain of 'Digtarh' and river Charamgad or Bhadigad streaming below. Below the town there is a fertile 'Haat valley'. In Didihat the famous temple (mandir) is known as Sirakot (Malaynath Mandir) of Lord Shiva (Bholenath). The another famous mandir is situated in the top hill of the nanpaupu village is well known as dechula.

About 53 km from Didihat, the small hilly town Berinag is well known for its pure natural beauty. Berinag is well known for its nag mandirs. One small tea garden also there. The one of the most famous gufa is known as "Pataal Bhuwneshwar", this is related to "Pandavas" dwaparyug. Didihat is under pithoragarh district in uttarakhand.


Administratively it is a tehsil and subdivision of the Pithoragarh district. Tehsil Didihat is divided into three developmental blocks—Didihat, Kanalichhina, and Berinag.


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External links

  • Didihat, Official website
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