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Altitude1347 m


Gangolihat is a small Himalayan hill town situated in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state and is known for its rich culture of folk and ancient myths. 


The main town is at a hill top. The region is surrounded by two rivers Saryu and Ramganga which meet at Ghat at the foothill of the region. These two rivers make it like a Garland on the shoulders of mighty Himalaya. These two rivers gave the name to the region Gang (River in local dialect) + Awali (Garland) making Gangawali which became Gangoli later on. Hat were the main markets/ gathering place for local people in the past. Thus the name Gangolihat.


The village is an important pilgrimage centre due to the presence of numerous hill shrines such as Haat Kalika, Ambika Dewaal, Chamunundi Mandir and Vashnavi Mandir. The Vashnavi Mandir is special because it offers a clear view of the Himalayas. The temple is situated on the Shaila parvat which is notable for the Hindu holy books. The legend says that the Haat Kalika mandir was chosen by Adi Shankarachariya himself for the installation of Maha kali Shakthipeeth.

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