Munsiari, also spelled Munsiyari, is a small town located in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Once upon a time it was a popular outpost on the ancient salt route from Tibet. Today, the town, with its unspoiled beauty, has become famous as a tourist destination. Many trekking trails also start from here; consequently, it has also become a popular hub for adventure seekers. In addition, the headquarters of Munsiari tehsil and Munsiari Sub Division is located in this town. As a result, it has now become very important from the administrative perspective as well.
Geography of MunsiariMunsiyari is located at the entrance of Johar Valley in the foothills of Great Himalayan Range of mountains. The town is located at an altitude of 2200 meters, which is 7200 feet. The geographical coordinate of the town is 30.06° N and 80.23° E. District headquarters Pithoragarh is located at a road distance of 127 km from here. For more details, click here
Climate of Munsiari
Munsiari, which literally means ‘a place of snow’, falls under Cold Temperate Climatic Zone. The weather is naturally cold here. In spite of that, the region experiences four distinct seasons. The summer season is very short. It starts from the end of March and continues till the beginning of June. The maximum temperature during this period hovers around 27 degree Celsius. The monsoon, which sets in the middle of June and continues till August, sees a dip in the temperature. The maximum temperature during this period remains around 15 degree Celsius. The winter sets in after a brief post monsoon period. It starts in the beginning of November and continues till the middle of March. The area experience subzero temperature during this period. The maximum recorded temperature is minus 3 degree Celsius during this season.
Consequently, the best time to visit Munsiyari is between March to June and September, October. However, many people choose the winter season to enjoy the snowfall.
History of MunsiariSince time immemorial the area in and around Munsiyari have been inhabited by Shauka tribe. Before 1960, the town was part of Almora District under Kumaon Division of Uttar Pradesh. On 24th February that year, a sizeable portion was carved out of Almora District to form Pithoragarh District and Munsiyari became a part of this newly formed Pithoragarh. However, both Almora and Pithoragarh remained with Kumaon Division under the state of Uttar Pradesh. When Uttarakhand was carved out of UP, they became a part of newly formed Uttarakhand. For more details on the history of Munsiari, click here
Administration in MunsiariAs we have already mentioned, Munsiyari is the administrative headquarters of a tehsil and a sub division of the same name. Just in anywhere else, the District Magistrate is the head of the administration in Pithoragarh District. Although he has his headquarters located at the district headquarters Pithoragarh, he is responsible for the safety and welfare of the people living in the entire district. In case of necessity, he can be contacted at the following numbers.
Contact Details of DM PithoragarhOffice Phone No: 05964-225201, 05964-225301
Residential Phone No: 05964-225201
Email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Block Development Officer Munsiyari, you may write to email@example.com
Police in MunsiyariThe Police force in Munsiyari functions under the Superintendent of Police, posted at district headquarters Pithoragarh. In case of any emergency, you can contact him at the following numbers.
Contact Details of SP PithpragarhOffice Phone No: 05964-225539
Residential Phone No: 05964-225023
Email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Details of DIG Kumaon DivisionFor contacting the DIG, posted at Divisional Headquarters Nainital, you may call at the following numbers:
Office Phone No: 05942-235456
Residential Phone No: 05942-235323
Fax No: 05942-233044
Police Station, MunsiariHowever, if you want to contact the local Police Station at Munsiyari you may call at 9411112898.
Disaster Management in MunsiyariPlaces like Munsiyari are prone to different kinds of disasters. Excessive snow fall, avalanches, landslides, flash floods etc can play havoc with the life and property of the people. The District Administration has set up a Disaster Management Control Room to monitor such a situation. If you find yourself in the middle of any kind of natural or manmade disaster you may call at the following numbers:
Disaster Management Control Room Numbers: 05964-226326/228050,1077
How to Reach Munsiyari
Munsiyari does not have any airport or railway station. Kathgodam, located at a distance of around 278 km from the town, is the nearest railhead. From there, one can reach Munsiari in around 7 hours via Almora-Bageshwar- Munsiyari Road.
Tanakpur, another railhead for Munsiyari, is located in Champawati District. It is around 292 km away from Munsiari and can be reached via NH 125 and NH 309A.
Pantnagar Airport, located in Udham Singh District, is the nearest airport to Munsiyari. It is located at a distance of 312 km and can be reached via Almora Bageshwar Munsiari Road.
If on the other hand, you are travelling from district headquarters Pithoragarh, you need to take Jauljibi – Madkote Road. The distance to be covered is around 127 km and it will take around 3 hours to reach Munsiari from there.
Munsiari Facts FileTehsil: Munsiyari
Geographical Coordinate: 30.06° N and 80.23° E
Altitude: 2200 meters
Vidhan Sabha Constituency: Dharchula
Lok Sabha Constituency: Almora
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