is a small Himalayan
hill town in the Pithoragarh district
. It is tehsil
and sub divisional headquarter of the district. Gangolihat is famous for its Shakti Peethas
of Hat Kalika of goddess Kali
. Nearby at 'Patal Bhubneshwar', underground caves are major tourist attraction. Also nearby are the tiny hill stations of Chaukori
.From Gangolihat Panchchuli
peaks and Nanda Devi
are clearly visible.
Gangolihat is located at . It has an average elevation of 1,347 metres
). It is 44 km
Places of interest
Gangolihaat is famous for its ancient temples and underground caves. 'Haat Kalika', 'Ambika Dewaal', 'Chamunda Mandir', 'Vaishnavi Mandir' are some of the famous temples here. 'Vaishnavi Mandir' is a special one because from here one can clearly view the Himalayas. This temple is situated on a mountain that is called 'Shail Parvat', which is notable in Hindu holy books.
There are many beautiful underground caves in Gangolihaat. 'Patal Bhuvneshwar', 'Shailashwer Gufa' and 'Mukteshwar Gufa' are most notable ones. A new underground cave has been also found recently and that is called 'Bholeshwar Gufa'.
'Haat Kalika Mandir' was chosen by Sankaracharya for installation of Mahakali Shaktipeeth.