Pauri Garhwal, district of Uttarakhand, is a melting pot of culture, nature’s quintessence and lifestyle. This Himalayan district of Garhwal region is endowed with meandering rivers, colossal valleys and snow-bound peaks. The benedictory pines and deodars sing songs of ecstasy here. One can savour the beauty of rich wildlife and rosy rhododendron jungles that surround this district. Lansdowne, Pauri, Srinagar, Rudranath are some of the famous tourist destinations here.
The district boasts some of the best educational institutions like Govind Ballabh Pant Engineering College at Ghurdauri, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Medical College and National Institute of Technology Uttarakhand. Some of the famous pilgrim sites such as Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Shoonya Shikhar Ashram and Tarkeshwar Mahadev of Pauri are also located here.
Festivals at Pauri Garhwal are celebrated here with gaiety. Some of the popular regional festivals like Uttarayani, Bhandara and Sharadostsav are celebrated with great fervour here.
Blessed with the splendid grandeur of snow-bound Himalayan peaks, the district lures many tourists to explore its ethereal beauty. The region boasts a diverse topography ranging from the foothills of the Bhabhar areas of Kotdwara to the velvety meadows of Dhudatoli. A hot spot for adventure lovers, the district boasts some of the popular treks such as the Binsar Mahadev trek, Tara Kund trek and the Dudhatoli trek.
The town of Pauri which serves as the headquarter of the district is equally amazing. It offers a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks like Bandarpunch, Swargarohini, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group, Thalaiya-Sagar, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Ghori Parbat, Hanthiparvat, Nandadevi and Trisul. For spiritual bliss visit the Kandoliya Temple located on Lansdowne road, Jwala Devi Temple on the main Pauri Kotdwar road or Medanpuri Devi which is considered to be a Siddha Peeth.
Pauri district experiences a sub-temperate climate which remains pleasant throughout the year. Many tourists visit here during winters as the region observes snowfall which makes it a hotspot for tourists. The district remains cold in summers, the district records the highest day temperature between 20 °C to 34 ° C. Average temperatures of January is 6 ° C, February is 8 ° C, March is 14 ° C, April is 18 ° C, May is 23 ° C.
District Headquarters: Pauri
The Geographical area: 5,399 km2
Coordinates: 30.15° N, 78.78° E
Total Population in 2011: 6,87,271
Literacy rate: 82%
Altitude: 1,814 metres
Language: Hindi and Garhwali
Pauri coordinates at Latitude-30.1, Longitude-78.7. The district shares its border with Bijnor district to the South, Almora district to the East, Chamoli district to the East and Tehri Garhwal district to the west. The district also shares its border with Uttar Pradesh state to the south. The region occupies an area of 5,399 sq. km and boats an altitude of 372 metres to 345 metres, belonging to the Hindi Belt India.
In the year 1960, Garhwal was divided into Pauri Garhwal and Chamoli districts. Later in 1997, an additional area was carved out of this district and was merged with parts of Chamoli and Tehri Garhwal districts to form Rudraprayag district. The district is administratively divided into 9 tehsils and 15 developmental blocks.
Apart from agriculture, the district is a base for industrial sector that is slowly growing here. Since the district has a rigid topography, there is lack of infrastructure as no major industries can be set up here. Employment started flowing at Pauri after several small and large scale industrial units were established around Kotdwara by the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand (SIDCUL).
The army and para-military are some of the major sources of employment for young people. Some of the renowned companies that work in the region are steelmaker Shree Sidhbali Industries, information technology company Wipro Ltd, pharmaceutical company Simpex Pharma and Ayurvedic medicine supplier Sri Ayurveda. Organic farming is also flourishing in the district. Banjos Enterprises has come up with the first integrated mushroom growing plant in Pauri Garhwal located at Sigaddi, having an installed capacity of 700 MT per annum.
Pauri district is connected by motorable roads with major cities and towns of Uttarakhand. One can easily catch a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Pauri. NH 119 connects this district with most of the towns of Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis to this district are available from cities like Dehradun, Haridwar, Kotdwar, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.
At Kotdwar you’ll find the nearest railway station to Pauri Garhwal. It is located about 107 km away from this district and is well linked with other cities in India. One can easily take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Pauri Garhwal.
Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest air connectivity to Pauri Garhwal district. The airport is well connected to Delhi by daily flights. Taxis to this district and other nearby destinations are easily available from Jolly Grant airport.