Gangolihat is situated at the point, where the old Pithoragarh-Almora foot path meets with the new Ghat-Bageshwar motor road. In our ancient literature Gangolihat, which lies between the rivers Saryu and Ramganga, is referred to as Gangawali and is, today, the centre of the Gangoli region.
Gangolihat, at a distance of 82 km from Pithoragarh and 35 km from Chaukori, is called Hat. Close to the PWD Rest House is a temple dedicated to Kali, the priests of which make the usual boast that the ground is ever moist with the blood of goats and buffaloes offered in sacrifice.
The Chamunda Devi temple is just 2 km to the south-west of Gangolihat. 5 km away along Gangolihat – Chahaj foot route, Bhama – Pabhain is a Surya (Sun) temple, the Sahil cave and a fascinating view of Himalayas. The Mankeshwar caves and the Mukteshwar caves are also worth visiting. 2 km from Gangolihat near the Mankeshwar temple are the ruins of a fort which once belonged to the Mankoti kings. 2 km away is Uprara, the native village of poet ‘Gumani”, the first Kumaoni poet, who also wrote in Hindi, Sanskrit and Nepali with great dexterity and command. Accommodation is available at Tourist Rest Houses and few ordinary private hotels.