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Dharchula Town: Spread Across & Connecting India and Nepal

During last self drive trip to Uttaranchal in October; we stayed for a day at Dharchula which is a valley town in Pithoragarh District of Uttaranchal State. It is one of those rare towns on the earth where people can cross to other country over a foot-over bridge without showing any document whatsoever. It might be only town spread across two countries: Dharchula in India and Darchula on Nepal side.

Dharchula has gained its popularity because it’s a famous base camp to most revered Kailash-Mansarovar yatra for Hindus and also a base camp to many treks and hikes such as Adi kailash, Om Parvat and Panchachuli etc. Dharchula is around 600 km from Delhi and 80 Km from Pithoragarh and entire route from Pithoragarh to Dharchula is enriched with scenic beauty along the River Kali which is also a natural boundary between India and Nepal.

We stayed at KMVN in Dharchula which is located right on the Kali River near border check point. After checking in, first thing we wanted to do was to visit Nepal. After crossing foot-over suspension bridge we entered Darchula on Nepal side. People, culture, tradition and custom, everything was same on both side of Kali River. Though shops on the Nepal side were more vibrant and were offering fancy stuff but we preferred to exchange Indian currency for Nepali currency as souvenir. While crossing back to India through bridge we spent quite a time at the middle of the bridge absorbing the glimpse of two country from one point. Rarest of rare occasion!!

In the evening we strolled through the only road of the town and enjoyed the rustic and woody smell of the town and also spent time on the banks of the River Kali during sunset.

In the evening, we had our lunch under the starry sky amidst the roars of the Kali River on the open verandah of the KMVN property. It was really a memorable dinner and will be engraved deeply in our mind for years to come.

In August i did a self drive to Chhitkul in Himachal which is on Indo-Tibet border and in October Dharchula which is right on Indo-Sino-Nepal border.  More to come!!

Photos of Dharchula

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Pithoragarh to Dharchula-Along Kali River

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Dharchula: An ancient trade and commercial centre

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Middle of Suspension bridge Dharchula: Nepal on left and india on RIght

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Kali River under the foot over brdige to Nepal

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Dharchula: Surrounded by Mountains

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Kali River: Natural Boundary between India and Nepal

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Sunset at Kali River, Dharchula

Next day we left early in the morning with an aim to explore the unexplored route to Munsiyari via Jauljibi and Madkot along the Kali and Gauri River.

48 thoughts on “Dharchula Town: Spread Across & Connecting India and Nepal

  1. trablog says:

    Your self drive trips are always amazing! And of course the picture.
    Yes, indeed it is a rarest of occasion to stand at a point which do not belong to any country, as you are in the middle of the bridge 😀

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  2. Mel Jones says:

    I’d be a little nervous to self-drive somewhere I didn’t know (confession though I’m not a great driver haha!) but when you get photos like this it’s looks well worth it 🙂 The Kali River looks stunning, so cool to think that it creates such a beautiful natural border between the two countries.

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  3. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan) says:

    Beautiful photos – so interesting that you can cross over from India to nepal just like that. Reminds me of when we were in Switzerland and we walked over into France for dinner just because we could!! Always love that – it’s not the same but in Australia we have a street which is QLD on the one side and NSW on the other – it’s always amusing when it’s daylight savings because one States changes their time zone and the other doesn’t. So shops on one side of the street are open for an hour later than the other. Crazy right!

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  4. Chris says:

    I love these posts from the less tourist ridden parts of India!

    I also love novel border crossings! 🙂

    I’m pretty sure there are a lot of EU borders (at least the Schengen countries) you can cross without papers/passports, however I’m not sure if there are as many stunningly located border crossings…

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  5. theglobewanderers says:

    This is definitely the route I can’t wait to take when we get to that part of the world. To see the difference between each country as you cross borders is always fascinating. Not only do the faces so often change but the scenery too. Talking of scenery, your photos are awesome. Beautiful landscape 🙂

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  6. The Lavish Nomad says:

    I’ve been very close to that place but now I feel sad that I didn’t get to see the Kali river. Those are some beautiful pictures!

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