Haldwani "Gateway of Kumaon"
Haldwani, known as ‘Gateway of Kumaon’, is the third most populous city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Located in Nainital district, Haldwani is the largest city of the Kumaon region. The population of this city was 156,078 in 2011. Haldwani gets it’s name from the tree of ‘Haldu’ found in this region. Perched at an elevation of 425 m above the sea level, the city is situated on the foothills of Himalayas.
Mughal historians have written that, Gyan Chand was the king of Chand dyansty in 14th centuary. He visited the Sultanate of Delhi and Mughals gave him the regions of Terai-Bhabhar to rule.
But later, Mughals were trying to expand their kindgdom and they tried to capture the hills of Uttarakhand. But they did not succeed because of the difficult terrain and they were not habitual of hill areas.
In 1856, the Britishers captured this area and Sir Henry Ramsay became the Commissioner of Kumaon. During the historic Indian Rebellion of 1857, the rebels of Rohilkhand were able to capture the area for a very short period of time. But Commissioner, Sir Henry Ramsay declared martial law and the region again came under the Britishers in 1858. Sir Henry Ramsay constructed railway track from Bareilly to Kathgodam. On 24 April 1884, the first train was arrived at Haldwani from Lucknow. The railway track was further extended up to Kathgodam.
on September 21, 1942, Haldwani-Kathgodam Municipal Council was established. It is the second largest Municipal Council in Uttarakhand after Haridwar Municipal Council.
Reasons to Visit:
Haldwani is a one of the major cities of Uttarakhand. The city has some prestigeous educational institutions, restaurants, hotels and hospitals. Nainital, ‘the city of lakes’ is only 40 kms away from here. The days in this city are warm but the temperature remains under control in the evenings and nights.
Haidakhan Ashram is a popular pilgrim site which is around 35 kms east of Haldwani. This place is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy trekking in the nearby Himalayan region, hiking or relish the beautiful views of the great Himalayan valleys and hills.
Situated in Seesh Mahal, National Highway 87 in Thapa Colony, Walkway mall is a nice and decent place to hangout with friends. It is a good place for movies, food, gaming and shopping. It is the one and only mall in Haldawni.
Haldwani is a well developed city. There are plenty of options available when it comes to food. There are number of restaurants offering various delectable cuisines and dishes ranging from Kumaoni, Indian and Mughlai to Greek and Continental cuisines. Other than this you will love street food here such as Momos, spring rolls, kathi rolls and Chowmin. International food chains such as Domino’s, McDonalds and KFC are available here.
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Places to see:
Government Medical College, Haldwani:
Recognised by the Medical Council of India and Government of India, it is one of the fastest growing residential and co-educational medical colleges in Uttarakhand. Established in 1997, the college is affiliated with Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Medical University.
Staying in Haldwani:
The city has a large number of low to high budget hotels and lodges to stay. Most of the high budget hotels are situated on Kaladhungi. The budget hotels are available on Market area, Rampur road, around railway station and bus station.
Geo Location: North
Average temperature: 3°C to 35°C
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Famouns for: Bussines and educational hub, tourism
STD Code: 05946
How to Reach:
Pantnagar Airport is closest airport to Haldwani. There are regular flights available from Delhi and Dehradun. The road distance between Pantnagar to Haldwani is 26 kms. There are many buses and cabs to this city are available from airport.
Haldwani Railway Station is well connected to all major cities. From railway station cabs, buses and auto rickshaw will take you to the desired location.
Haldwani is well connected to all the major cities of India by motorable roads. Regular and luxury buses are available from Anand Vihar ISBT, Delhi and ISBT Dehradun to Haldwani.
Haldwani Distance Chart from Various Cities:
- Delhi : 280 kms
- Meerut : 220 kms
- Moradabad : 102 kms
- Chandigarh : 454 kms
- Shimla : 553 kms
- Jaipur : 537 kms
- Bareilly : 100 kms
- Lucknow : 351 kms
- Kanpur : 369 kms