Best Tourist Places in Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarkhand, India
Haldwani is a city as well as the famous tourist destination situated in Nainital District of Uttarkhand state in India. It is the 3rd most populous city in Uttarakhand situated about 270 kms southeast of the state capital Dehradun.
Haldwani falls under Haldwani-Kathgodam Municipal Corporation and the city is located between 29.22° N latitude and 79.52°E longitude. The Postal code of Haldwani is 263139 and Haldwani is positioned about 424 meters from the mean level of sea.
Haldwani is a major industrial centre of the state and home to several fruit and food grain markets. Also Haldwani houses Uttarakhand Open University and other top educational institutions like Govt. Shusila Tiwari Medical College, Guru Tek Bahadur Public School and DAV Centenary Public School.
Origin and History of Haldwani:-
Haldwani was earlier known as Halduvani. Haldwani derives its name from the larger existence of Haldu Trees in this region. After British beaten Gorkhas Kingdoms in 1816, Commissioner George William Trail renamed Halduvani as Haldwani in 1834. Also Haldwani witnessed the rule of Chand Dynasty, Mughal Empire and Delhi Sultanate.
Food, culture and shopping in Haldwani:-
Haldwani is widely popular for variety of sweets and Chinese Foods. One can easily find the famous Indian and International Restaurants in Haldwani. Biryani, Gajar Ka Halwa, Gajak, Paye, Madwe ki roti and Gaderi ki sabzi are the popular food items of Haldwani.
One can find diversity in all features from dishware to fashion and from language to architecture in Haldwani. The locals have great knowledge about both Indian and Western style of music and dance.
Haldwani is highly emerging in shopping sector houses numerous international branded cloth centres, footwear shops, electronic and electrical showrooms, vehicle showrooms and local handicraft shops.
Connectivity to Haldwani:-
Haldwani has good connectivity with national capital Delhi and other major cities of the state through bus and railway transport. There are ample numbers of luxury buses plying between Delhi and Haldwani regularly and it takes nearly 6 to 7 hours to reach Delhi from Haldwani.
Haldwani City Bus Stand is the major bus head of the city and the trains are accessible at Haldwani Railway Station & Kathgodam Railway Station (7 km away from Haldwani). Ranikhet Express, Sampark Kranti and Anand-Vihar-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express are the major trains that depart from Haldwani. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Haldwani situated at a distance of 26 kms.
Places to see in and around Haldwani:-
Gaula Barrage is one of the best picnic spots in Haldwani located on the banks of Gaula River. This barrage was primed for the reason of irrigation, gives a great feel to tourists from its stunning beauty.
Hedakhan Ashram is an ancient place with the picturesque beauty and cool environment. It lies on the banks of Gaula River and is located few kilometers away from Kathgodam city. Hedakhan Ashram is in near proximity with several attractively built temples and caves.
Sanjay Van is a situated in Pantnagar and is widely popular for sightseeing and beautiful birds. It is placed about 22 km from Haldwani city and is a division of Tanda Range Forest.
Corbett National Park:-
Corbett National Park is one of the chief national parks of the country home to great numbers of Indian Tigers, chital, nilgai, elephants, and sambar. The project of the park was completed in the year 1973 and the park occupies an area of 500 sq. km.
Govind National Park:-
Govind National Park is covered by dense forest and houses numerous therapeutic plants, 150 species of bird and fifteen species of mammals. The medicinal plants those in this park have been used in the manufacture of life saving medicines.
Other tourist places near Haldwani are as follows:-
- Nanda Devi Temple
- Naini Lake
- Panchachuli Glacier
- Narayan Ashram
- Mayawati Ashram
- Bhimtal Lake
Ideal time to visit Haldwani:-
The best time to visit Haldwani is from March to November. Also December and January is also great time to visit Haldwani because of snowfall.
Accomodation options in and around Haldwani:-
The major hotels and resorts in Haldwani and Pantnagar (26 km away from Haldwani) are as follows:
- Hotel Happy Home
- Ginger Hotel
- Taradale Cottage
- Hotel Kanta
- Jai Guru Hotel
- Hotel Blue Saphire Clarks Inn
- Hotel Lemon Park
- Hotel Ok
- Green Leaf Hotel
- Rosewood Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
- Hotel Rudrapur – Radisson Blu