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About Askot

The Himalayan town of Askot lies on a ridge on the route between Pithoragarh and Dharchula. An erstwhile princely state, Askot has been ruled by several rulers in the past, such as Doti Kings of Nepal, Rajbars, Chands, Gorkhas, Katyuris and the British. At an elevation of 3,629 ft., Panchuli and Chiplakot peaks form the backdrop for Askot and attract hundreds of skiing enthusiasts every year. The town has Almora to the west, Nepal to the east, Tibet to the north and Pithoragarh to the south. The name of the town ‘Askot’, originates from ‘Assi Kot’ which means eighty forts that once stood in the region. Most of these forts are now in Dharchula district of Nepal. There are many expedition opportunities near the town like Pithoragarh, Munsiyari and Mount Abbott. Ascot is popular for the Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, an important site for the conservation of the musk deer. Some of the places one must visit while in Askot include Chiplakot or Najurkot, Dhanlekh, Ghangdhura, Narayan Ashram and Askot Polymetallic Deposit tunnel Mines. Other tourist attractions include the ever beautiful rivers and lakes like Bhadigad River, Chhipladhura lake, Gurjigad River, Rauntishgad River, and the merger river i.e. Gori Ganga river with river Kali at Jauljibi. The best time to visit Askot is between the months of April and September.


How to Reach

By Air
Nearest Airport - is Naina Sani in Pithoragrah (60 kms).

By Rail
Nearest railhead - Nearest railway station is Tanakpur (204 kms).

By Road
The park is accessible by road through Pithoragarh at a distance of 55 kms from Tanakpur - Pithoragarh, or through Haldwani - Almora at a distance of 150(approx.) kms from Kathgodam.

Best Time to Visit

Only summers are the season to visit as most access routes are closed in winters.

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Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Ascot Sanctuary, also known as the Ascot Muscat Sanctuary is located 54 kms from Pithoragarh near Ascot in Uttarakhand. It was originally set up to protect

Jauljibi Dhanlekh
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Dhanlekh is a small town in Hawalbag Tehsil in Almora District of Uttarakhand. This place is the confluence of Gori Ganga and Kali rivers. Dhanlekh is the famou



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Apsara Bhojnalay
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Pal Restaurant
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Camping is a recreational activity popular since 20th century where people set up a small portable tents, caravans, motor homes, etc to stay. Primitively campin

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Safari is an adventure that takes any adventurer who likes to explore the unexplored trails and unspoiled natural horizons of desert or country side or forests.

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