Askot, also written as Askote is a town loacated in Kumaon Himalayan hills in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in India. It is located nearly 50 kms from Pithoragarh. This town is also famous for the Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of Musk deer.
Brief History Of Askote:
Historically, this place has imprtance in history of Uttarakhand. The area was ruled by the many rulers such as Doti Kings of Nepal, Katyuri, Rajwar, Chand, Gorkha and British rulers, though Rajwars continue to be its ceremonial Head.
Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage route from Delhi – Kathgodam – Didihat – Dharchula, passes through Askot. The town lies between Pithoragarh to Dharchula road.
Van Rawats – an endangered tribe of Uttarakhand, inhabits around Askot.
Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary:
Askot Wildlife sanctuary is set up with the mission of conserving the musk deer (Moschus leucogaster) and its habitat.
Other animlas that are found in this sanctuary include the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Himalayan jungle cat, civet, barking deer, serow, goral and Himalayan brown bear.
Many species of rare Himalayan birds are also found in Askot sanctuary. Government has taken many efforts to conserve this rare species of musk deer.
Location Of Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary:
Askot Musk deer sanctuary covers almost 600 km2 (230 sq mi). The River Kali flows at the end of it and forms the international boundary and separates it from Nepal in the east. To the west it is bounded by West Almora Forest Division, to the north by Tibet and the south by Pithoragarh Forest Division.
Nearby Places to Visit:
Mallikarjun Mahadev Temple Askot: This temple has its own importance in Hinduism. Many devotees cover a long way to worshiip here. The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
The famous peaks such as Panchchuli, Neodhura, Naukana, Chhiplakot, Najirikot are visible from Askot and are part of the sanctuary.
The Dhauli(Gori) and Kali ganga rivers originate from the area and Gori Ganga passes through it.
The passes such as Lipu lekh, Lumpiya lekh and Mankshang lekh lie near Askot. These passes are also part of the Askt sanctuary.
Some religious places and temples such as Bhanar, Chiplakot, Niirikot, Panchachuli, Kalapani and Chota Kailash (Adi Kailash) form a part of the Sanctuary.
How To Reach Askot:
Askot is about 50 kms from Pithoragarh. There are many buses and taxi services from Pithoragarh to Askot.
By Air :
Nearrest airport is Naini Sani airport in Pithoragrah, At a Distance of 50 kms.
By Train :
Nearest railway station is Tanakpur ,Distance 204 kms. Or You can choose Kathgodam railway station, which is 230 kms.
By Road :
From Pithoragarh at a distance of 55 kms, From Almora at a distance of 150(approx.) kms.