“Gateway of Kumaon”

Haldwani, known as ‘Gateway of Kumaon, is the third most populous city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated in Nainital district, Haldwani is the largest city of the Kumaon region.

The population of this city was 156,078 in 2011. Haldwani gets its name from the tree of ‘Haldu’ found in this region. It is one of the most important business and educational hubs in Uttarakhand.

Perched at an elevation of 425 m above the sea level, the city is situated on the foothills of Himalayas.

History of Haldwani:

Mughal historians have mentioned about Haldwani. They have written that Gyan Chand was the king of Chand dynasty in the 14th century. 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 kingdom. They tried to capture the hills of Uttarakhand. But they did not succeed because of difficult terrains. They were not habitual of hill areas.

In 1856, the Britishers captured this area. Then 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 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:

  • Haldwani is one of the major cities of Uttarakhand. The city has some prestigious educational institutions, restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
  • Nainital, ‘the city of lakes’ is only 40 km 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 km 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.

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  • Haldwani is a well-developed city. There are plenty of options available when it comes to food.
  • There are many 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:

  • This medical college is recognized 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 the railway station and bus station.

Haldwani Stats:

Geo Location: North

District: Nainital

Division: Kumaon

State: Uttarakhand

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 Haldwani:

By Road

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.

By Train

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.


By Air

Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport to Haldwani. There are regular flights available from Delhi and Dehradun. The road distance between Pantnagar to Haldwani is 26 km. There are many buses and cabs to this city are available from the airport.

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

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