Kotdwar is situated at the altitude of 395 mts and it is spread over an area of 5 sq. Kms. Kotdwar is a tehsil in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Kotdwar is located on the bank of river Khoh, named as Kotdwar and its old name was Khohdwar, which means the gateway of the river Khoh. It is situated in the lush valley of lower hills of Garhwal. It is one of the rail terminus for Gharwal and one of the routes to the hill, which was established by the Britishers in 1890 for timber transport from Himalayan Region. There are few sightseeing places in Kotdwar like Durga Devi temple, Charekh Danda, Siddhbali temple, Kanvashram, St. Joseph Church, Devi Mandir, Kotdwar Railway Station.
Kotdwar is famous for different handicrafts like bags, purses and caps made of a special quality of bamboo(Rambans) are the special attraction among the tourist. There are many shopping centres like Malni market, District Board Shopping Centre. Kotdwar is the famous Business hub amoung the tourist.
Kotdwar is the biggest business center and the only railway terminus of the district, enroute the all items for the necessities of the hill region of the district. Kotdwar has two major industrial areas, ‘SIDCUL’ and ‘BEL’. Kotdwar is only plain town of this mountainous district having most of the industrial potential. The Garhwal Rifles has its base in Lansdowne, around 37 km from Kotdwar. Kotdwar also has a cantonment area called Gabbar Singh Camp.
The best attractions of Kotdwar are Durga Devi temple, Siddhbali temple, Kanvashram, Bharat Nagar, Koteshwar Mahadev. Kotdwar Tourism is a piece of Garhwal Tourism and it offers great tourist places in Kotdwar namely Koteshwar Mahadev, Siddhbali temple, Charekh Danda etc.
The famous religious places around the city are Siddhbali and Durgadevi Temple. Siddhbali temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman and is visited by numbers of devotees and it is 2 kms. from Kotdwar. Durgadevi temple is very famous temple which is situated at the distance of 2 kms. from Kotdwar. The nearby places of interest are ancient Kanvashram were Shankuntala gave birth to prince Bharat, after the name of whom the country is called Bharat which is 14 kms. from Kotdwar. The places you can visit to Kotdwar are Siddhbali temple, Durga Devi temple, Koteshwar Mahadev, Budhha Park, Charekh Danda, St. Joseph Church, Jagdev Temple, Bharat Nagar etc.
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Some of the major activities that can be carried out in Kotdwar are visiting some famous ancient temples and shopping centres for souvenir, artifacts and specially various handmade bags and purses etc.
Bal-mithai and Singauri are the famous sweets of Kotdwar which is available at every sweet shops. Most of the restaurant and dhabas serves the mouth watering north Indian dishes at affordable price.
There are many Hotels located in Kotdwar city offering great discounts and decent amenities. Some of the Hotels are located at such height from where the guest can admire the magnificent views of the surroundings and the glorious Himalayan Mountains.
It was ruled over by the Mauryan Empire under the great ruler, Ashoka since years. Later on, the Katyuri Kingdom took over the charge and then the Panwar dynasty of Garhwal and the Gorkhas of Nepal.
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. Kotdwar is famously known as the Yoga Capital of the World. From time to time, several yoga-based festivals are organized here. The chiefest among them is the International Yoga Festival.