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Haldwani is a city, which along with its twin township of Kathgodam forms the Haldwani - Kathgodam Municipal Corporation (since May 2011) in Nainital District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Haldwani is the third most populous city in Uttarakhand, and is known as the "Gateway of Kumaon". In Kumaoni, the local dialect, the place is called "Halduvani", literally "forest (vana) of Haldu", after the tree named "Haldu", often referred to as "Kadamb" (Haldina cordifolia), which was found in abundance prior to deforestation for agriculture and settlement.
In 1816, after the British defeated Gorkhas, Gardner was appointed the Commissioner of Kumaon. Later George William Trail took over as Commissioner and renamed Halduvani as Haldwani in 1834. British records, however, suggest that the place was established in 1834, as a mart for hill people who visited the Bhabhar (Himalayan foothills) region, during the cold season.
List of key historical and âMust visitâ sites in the vicinity.
Gaula Barrage: Gaula Barrage is an ideal spot for camping, sightseeing & picnicking. This attractive tourist spot with scenic views is located on the Gaula River. This barrage was made for the purpose of irrigation & now this place is a tourist spot.
Hedakhan Ashram: The scenic beauty of Hedakhan Ashram & the calmness of this area has made it a popular must visit destination of Haldwani. It is situated a few kilometres from Kathgodam on the banks of Gaula river. You can spend whole day here without getting bored as there are numerous artistically constructed temples and caves across the river.
Sanjay Van: Sanjay Van is a part of Tanda Range Forest located in Pantnagar. It is a picturesque place situated at a distance of 23 Km from Haldwani. Sanjay Van is popular for picnicking, and bird watching.
Sat Tal: Sat Tal is a cluster of mysteriously interconnected 7 freshwater lakes situated 22 kms away from Haldwani on the road to Bhim Tal. Sat tal is set at an altitude of 1370 mts above sea level. The group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak & pine trees. These lakes are paradise for migratory birds as they stay for some time here during their migration. Sattal is one of the few unspoiled & unpolluted fresh water biomes in India. The names of the 7 lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal & Garud Tal. Sattal is often compared with Westmoreland of England by Britishers.
Bhim Tal: It is situated at a distance of 28 kms from Haldwani at an altitude of 1,375 mts above sea level. The main attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake which has a small island at its centre. Bhimtal is an ancient place named after the legendary Bhima of Mahabharata when Bhima visited the place during the exile period of pandavas. Bhim tal is older than the town of Nainital & is considered as one of the best excursions of Nainital. Bhim Tal is well connected with Kathgodam & all Kumaon regions & Nepal. It is an unsolved mystery but this place might have been the part of the ancient silk route of China.
Naukuchia Tal: The name literally suggests Nine-Cornered Lake. It is situated 47 kms from Haldwani. Naukuchia Tal is set at an altitude of 1,220 mts above sea level. The lake is around 1 km in length, 0.6 km in width & approximately 40m in depth. It is the deepest of the lakes in the greater Nainital area. According to myth, if one takes a glimpse of all nine corners at once, one can disappear in a cloud of smoke. Naukuchia Tal is within an enchanting valley providing ample scope for rowing, paddling and yachting. Naukuchia Tal is also famous for angling and bird watching.
Ranikhet: Ranikhet is a hill station in Almora District of Uttarakhand state. Ranikhet is also the home for Kumaon regiment & Naga regiment of Indian Army. Ranikhet offers invigorating views of the snow capped peaks of the prodigious Himalayan range. Ranikhet literally means âQueens Meadow or Queensâs fieldâ. Ranikhet hosts a vast bio-diversity of flora & fauna. Ranikhet is situated 84kms from Haldwani set at an altitude of 1,869mts above sea level.
Mukteshwar: It is situated at a distance of 60 kms from the town of Haldwani set at an elevation of 2,285 mts above sea level. Mukteshwar got its name from a 350 year old temple Mukteshwer Dham whose presiding deity is great Lord Shiva. The top of the mountain on which Mukteshwar Dham is stood offers stupendous views of Himalayan range. Mukteshwar was developed by the Britishers as research & education institute (IVRI) in 1893.
Jim Corbett National Park: It is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett National park is situated 55kms from Haldwani. The park contains 488 different species of plants & wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin & around 600 species of birds. Corbett National Park covers an area of 521 square kilometers.
Nainital: Naini, a word that brings the cool air with its name, is a secret hide out of the tourists each year. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 M, this dreamland town with its beauteous splendour is one of the most popular summer resort destinations of the country. The nucleus of Nainital's exquisite beauty is her lake which is a haven for water sports like Yachting, Kayaking, Canoeing & Boating. The lake in the middle of the city is the main attraction of Nainital. The lake at south end is called Tallital & at north end is called Mallital. The lake offers yatching & cool boat rides in its waters. An evening walk on the road, on the banks of the lake, gives an unforgettable experience.
Road Distance:42 kms (26 miles.) Travel Time:0 hrs 44 mins.
Other important places that can be visited are the various big industries, the shopping malls & the stadium of Haldwani. One can also make a visit to the grain, fruit & the vegetable market of this place because it is said to be the largest of its kind in the whole country.