Activities in Haldwani
Shopping: Due to the growing urban population in Haldwani, many malls and shopping complexes have mushroomed at Haldwani. There are plenty of markets, bazaars, shopping malls in Haldwani where one can indulge in shopping for virtually anything.
Picnicking: There are few picnic spots in Haldwani here one could spend leisure time with his family and friends. Gaula Barrage in Haldwani is a picnicker’s paradise and an ideal place to get lost in the lap of Mother Nature.
Nightlife: The city doesn’t sleep early unlike other small cities and does have nightlife. There are bars and movie theatres that open late where one can get a drink with his friends or catch a late night movie.
Staying in Haldwani
Known as ‘Gateway to Kumaon’, Haldwani is flocked with tourists all year round and hence plenty of accommodations mushroomed in Haldwani, which is the third most populous city in Uttarakhand. One can find luxurious hotels and resorts with all modern facilities and amenities. For budget travelers, there are plenty of budget accommodations as well.
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Haldwani Food Guide
There are many restaurants offering various delectable cuisines and dishes ranging from Indian and Mughlai to Greek and Continental cuisines.Popular fast food chains like McDonalds, KFC, and Dominoes are also available at Haldwani. Severed high-end hotels also have in-house restaurants at their premises. Smaller local roadside restaurants and eateries are also available in plenty at Haldwani.
History of Haldwani
Like other parts of Kumaon, Haldwani was also dominated by the Chand Dynasty. It later came into the hands of the Gorkhas and was soon snatched away by the British in 1816, when they defeated Gorkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-1816. When George William Trail became the Commissioner, he re-named Halduwani as Haldwani in 1834. Also, some of the British records suggest that Haldwani was established in 1834.
In 1882, Nainital was connected with Kathgodam by road and around 1883-84, the railway track was laid between Bareilly and Kathgodam. It was on April 24, 1884, that the first train arrived at Haldwani from Lucknow. It is third largest Municipal Council in Uttarakhand, after Dehradun and Haridwar.