Dharchula is a town in the Pithoragarh district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. Dharchula is a major trading center for the trans-Himalayan trade routes since medieval times. Situated at an elevation of 940 m above sea level, Dharchula is surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. The snow-clad Panchachuli peaks located on the west of Dharchula separates it from the Johar valley and Om Parvat in the East which it shares with Nepal. Dharchula is situated on the bank of river Kali which originates from a place called Kala Pani as it separates and forms the border between India and Nepal. The hill station gets its name from ‘Darchyo’ and ‘la’; Darchyo is a white-colored traditional holy flag and la is an honorific term in Runglwo. Thus got its name Darchyola later the word changed with time as Dharchula in India and Darchula in Nepal. Hence both of the regions have the same name but different sounds in India and Nepal (Dharchula in India and Darchula in Nepal, but have the same meaning). It is situated in a valley, on the banks of the Kali River.