Haldwani - The Gateway of Kumaon

Known as the ‘Gateway of Kumaon’, Haldwani is the third most populous city in the entire Uttarakhand. The place has been named after 'Haldu' or Haldina Cordifolia, a tree which was once found in abundance here. 

Haldwani has an average elevation of 424 metres and serves as an important Business centre. The city of Haldwani along with its twin township of Kathgodam forms the Haldwani-Kathgodam Municipal board in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. 

Why Visit Haldwani?

Haldwaniis a well-developed city that features some of the prestigious educational institutions, lively cafes, and restaurants where one can spend a leisure evening with their loved ones. The days are warm but the evenings are cool here, you can stroll at the markets, have a shopping spree or explore the nightlife of the city. 

One can also visit the Haidakhan Ashram; a popular pilgrim site located about 35 km east of Haldwani. The adventure enthusiasts can enjoy trekking in the wilderness, hiking or relish the bewitching views of the imperial Himalayas and the quaint valleys.

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.


More About Haldwani

Haldwani is idyllically situated between the hilly terrain of the Kumaon region and the Indo-Gangetic plains. It is also known for being the former trading point of Kumaon. The city has the biggest food, vegetable, and grain market of Kumaon region. Owing to its favourable location, Haldwani is an important revenue centre of Uttarakhand and serves as the base depot for goods in transit to the hills. 

  • The strategic location of Haldwani makes it a possible for one to visit Nainital which is just 30 kms as well as Jim Corbett Park which is 60 kms away.

Haldwani is famous for?

Haldwani is famous among tourist as Business Hub, Markets, Gateway to Kumaon.

Haldwani is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Business Hub, Others.

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