This quaint town situated on the hilltop plain of Digtarh with the Charamgad or Bhadigad river flowing below is indeed a tourists delight. It is a tehsil and subdivision of the Pithoragarh district. It is divided into three developmental blocks- Didihat, Kanalichhina, and Berinag.
Once in the medieval age, Didihat was ruled by feudal Raika Malla kings of Sirakot. Till the time of King Hari Malla, Didihat was under Doti Kingdom of Nepal. Later, in the year 1449 AD at the time of Chand dynasty ruler Bharti Chand, this region came under the control of Chand rulers, when his son Ratna Chand defeated Raikas of Doti. Didihat also possess some remnants of ancient fort and temples. Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is administratively situated in Didihat Tehsil.
Rich in flora it is situated at an elevation of 1,725 m above sea level, it is a very picturesque and beautiful valley surrounded by green and attractive ridges. It is presently the pilgrim route to Kailash Mansarovar. Didihat offers marvelous views of Panchchuli and Trishuli peaks. The ancient Shirakot Temple of Lord Malay Nath, built by Reika Kings is situated here. Narayan Swamy Ashram at Narayan Nager is another attraction in the vicinity.
According to the 2001 census report, Didihat has a small population of 4805 inhabitants. Males constitute 55% of the population and females 45%. In Didihat, 12% of the population is less than six years of age. Didihat has an average literacy rate of 79%, which is higher than the national average literacy rate of 59.5%. The male literacy rate is 84% and, the female literacy rate is 75%.
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(Last Updated on : 19-05-2014)
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