Activities in Kotdwar
Shopping: Being an industrial and commercial hub, there are shops and markets at Kotdwara where one can purchase handicrafts, souvenirs, religious idols and other artifacts. Malni market and District Board Shopping Centre are famous markets in Kotdwara.
Temple Visit: Kotdwara is home to revered temples and shrines that are visited by large number of devotees. Siddhabali temple, Durga Devi temple and Koteshwar Mahadev are some of the revered temples at Kotdwara.
Staying in Kotdwar
Known as the ‘Gateway to Garhwal’ region, Kotdwara is located at the foothills of Shivalik hills of Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its importance as being a commercial town, plenty of accommodations have mushroomed in the city. There are semi-deluxe as well as budget hotel and guesthouses with limited amenities at Kotdwara. However, finding a luxury accommodation could be little difficult.
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Kotdwar Food Guide
There are abundant road side dhabas and local restaurants at Kotdwar where one can find North Indian cuisines and popular Chinese dishes at affordable prices. Being a small town, it is hard to find good restaurants that serve delectable choices of cuisines. Tourists travelling to Kotdwara must taste the iconic Bal-mithai and Singauri that is available at every sweet shop.
History of Kotdwar
Kotdwara remained isolated for many years and was known as the lesser known place of Uttarakhand. Later it came into the eyes of the people when Kotdwara was connected by rails to the major parts of Uttarakhand. Not many people know that Kotdwara Railway Station, established by the British in 1890 is among the oldest railway stations in India. This rail-head was used for transporting timber from the Himalayan region. After this, an industrial revolution was seen in Kotdwara as many big and small scale industries were established in Kotdwara.