Tanakpur is a town in Champawat district of Uttarakhand located on riverside of Sarda River with an average elevation of 255 metres (837 feet) and touched to Nepal border. It is in the foothills of Himalayas in the northern part of India as the gateway for Purnagiri Temple (around 30 km from here) as well as the 'Gateway to the Kumoun Himalayas'.
Tanakpur was a major trade mart of the Kumaon division in British India.
The town was formed in 1880 to replace the Brahmdeo mart in Nepal, that was washed away by floods.
Tanakpur is linked by direct bus service with Lucknow, Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Kanpur and other Districts.
The nearest airport to Tanakpur is Pantnagar Airport situated 98 km away in the Nainital district.
1. Tanakpur is famous for Devi Purnagiri temple which is situated 21 km from Tanakpur.Tunyas is 17 km and from there 3 km trek leads to Purnagiri Temple.
2. Shyamlatal is a natural lake located in a beautiful tiny village at 30 kms from Tanakpur town. Shyamlatal Lake covers an area of more than 1.5 sq km area and has a a famous Swami Vivekananda Ashram.
3. Sharda Ghat is also Famous As Ma Purnagiri Ghat And Is Located Near Tanakpur Bus Stand. Many people bathe to cleanse themselves before visiting the revered Maa Purnagiri Temple.
4. Panchmukhi Mahadev Temple is a famous Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in his panchmukhi or five faced form.Large Numbers Of Devotees Arrive for aarti at 7:30 Am and 7:30 Pm on all days.