Tanakpur is a small town and a municipal board falls under the Champawat district of Uttarakhand in the Tarai-Bhabhar region of Kumaon. It is a calm and small town located on riverside of Sarda River. It is located at the foothills and is the last plain area on the road to Kumaoun zone of Uttarakhand. It acts as a junction for the Kumaon District's mountainous part. It is also the first point in the Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage. Gradually benefitting from the nationwide progress, Tanakpur is growing steadily into a buzzing town.
Tanakpur is just 3 Km away from the Indo-Nepal border. Being on the Indo-Nepal Border Tanakpur is very important on the security perspective of India as a nation.
Situated at an elevation of 245 meters above the sea level, Tanakpur is a beautifully laid out town by the banks of river Sharda. The roads and pavement of this town are wide and one can comfortably explore Tanakpur on foot.
In terms of things do here, one can choose from a variety of activities like visiting places of worship, taking a stroll by the river side or just walking through the town. Tanakpur is also the doorway to the venerated Purnagiri temple and offers interesting excursions in the areas close by.
As per the 2001census, Tanakpur had a population of 15,810. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Tanakpur has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 58%. In Tanakpur, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Tanakpur is well connected to Delhi through Bus Route, and via train to Bareilly.
Location: 29.08°N 80.12°E.
Average elevation: 255 metres (837 feet).