Kotdwara, Uttarakhand

Kotdwara is a prominent business township, situated at the border of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, on the foothills of lush green Shivalik Range of Himalayas, locked by hills from three sides. The name Kotdwara indicates the gateway to the Abode of the Gods. It is situated on the banks of three seasonal rivers namely Khoo, Malini and Sukhro. This area was the place of meditation for many sages and rishis. Famous temples are Siddhbali Mandir and Durga Devi. People from all over India come to pay visit these temples.

Fast Facts

Height: 454 m

Climate: The summer is hot and light cottons are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are chilly and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens/cottons are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Kotdwara

Road: Kotdwara is well connected with all major destinations.

Rail: Kotdwara is well connected to major cities of India by an extensive railway network.

Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to Kotdwara and is at a distance of 110 kms from the town.

Tourist Attractions in Kotdwara

Siddhbali Temple: This temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated at a distance of 2 kms from the town. This temple is visited by hundreds of devotees all round the year.

Durga Devi Temple: The temple is situated on the banks of Khoh River and at a distance of 24 kms from the town. The temple itself is inside a cave. Deep inside is a Shivling, thronged by hundreds on the occasion of Shivratri.

Bharat Nagar: 22 kms from Kotdwara and at a height of 1400 m, Bharat Nagar abounds in immense natural beauty. It is mentioned in the ancient Hindu Texts that once this place was full of life saving herbs. One can have a beautiful view o the Balaali bridge on River Ganga, Kalagarh dam and Kotdwara town.

Kanvashram: Situated on the bank of river Malini. Kanvashram is at a distance of 14 kms from Kotdwara. It is believed that Sage Vishwamitra meditated here. Indra, the king of Gods, was scared by his intense meditation, and sent a beautiful heavenly damsel named Menka to disturb him. Menka finally succeeded on diverting Vishwamitra’s attention. After giving birth to a girl, she went back to heaven. This girl later became Shakuntala who got married to King Dushyant and gave birth to Bharat, the price after whom our country has got its name.

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