Kotdwar or Kotdwara is a small, busy and beautiful town in the Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand India. It is now an upcoming centre of trade and commerce in Uttarakhand. It was also known as the 'Gateway to the hills'.
Kotdwara was once rules by was ruled by Mauryan Empire under Asoka the great, Katyuri dynasty, Panwar dynasty and the Gorkhas of Nepal. It is today a growing business and education hub and also one of the leading town of Uttarakhand..
Kotdwar Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism. It has a hot and humid climate during the summers and rainy season. The best time to visit Kotdwar would be from October - February.
Kotdwara is well - connected by bus and rail and can also be the starting point of the Char Dham Yatra. Transportation is not a problem here. It is well connected to major cities like Delhi and Dehradun by both road and railway.
Siddhbali Temple 2 kms from Kotdwara on the way from to Lansdowne this famous temple is dedicated to God Hanuman. It is a well known revered temple. The temple on top of the hill and a small trek is required to reach to the main temple. Recommended.
Durga Devi Temple ( 10 kms ) This beautiful temple lies on the banks of the Khoh river. The temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The temple is flocked by devotees during the Shivratri festival.
Bharat Nagar ( 22 kms ) The picnic spot offers a fantastic view of the Balawali bridge, on the Ganga, Kalagarh dam and Kotdwara.
Koteshwar Mahadev This beautiful temple is quite famous among childless couples. It is believed that childless couples who recite the Mahamrituyjaya mantra during the entire Shravan have their wish granted by Lord Shiva.
Corbett National Park ( ) Kotdwara is very near to Corbett National Park and one of the most famous and biggest tiger reserves of India. Must visit if in Kotdwara.
Kalagarh ( 48 kms ) Small and beautiful picnic spot famous for natural beautiful surroundings. The dam across Ram Ganga is worth visiting.
Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in Pauri Garhwal. Lansdowne is one of the most popular hill station of Garhwal region when it comes to weekend holiday destination..
Kanvashram ( 14 km from Kotdwara ) This is an legendary site and believed to be the site where legendary saint Vishwamitra meditated. Lord Indra sent Meneka here in order to disturb him and get him out of his mediation.
Meneka was successful and later gave birth to a girl child named Shakuntala. The son of Shakuntala and King Dushyanta was a brave prince named Bharat that our country got named after.
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Kotdwar town is the tehsil of Pauri Garhwal district in Uttarakhand with around approx 300 villages. The population of Kotdwar tehsil according to the 2011 census was 330,35. The literacy rate is about 70.36 percent.
Hindus form around 75 percent population of the people in Kotdwar. Garhwali and Hindi and the major languages spoken by the people. Other languages spoken in the region are Kumaoni, Punjabi and English. People of all religion live together in peace and close harmony with each other.
Almost all Hindu festivals are celebrated here in Kotdwar. As it falls in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand most of these festivals are celebrated following the Garhwali culture and traditions.
Chila is a wildlife sanctuary and part of Rajaji National Park in the Pauri Garhwal Uttarakhand.
It is a well known tourist place and wilderness area of Uttarakhand.
Haridwar is also one of the oldest cities in India. Pilgrims from all over the world visit Haridwar to learn the simplicity of Hinduism, experience various Hindu rituals and take a holy dip in the Ganga river.
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