About Kathgodam

Located at the foothills of the mystic Himalayas in Kumaon region of Nainital district, Kathgodam is a small town in the hill state of Uttarakhand. Serving as the entryway to all the major tourist spots in the vicinity, Kathgodam is the last railway terminus in Uttarakhand after which tourists have to take buses or hired cabs to reach their destinations like Nainital, Sattal, Kausani, Naukuchiyatal, Bhimtal, Almora, Ramgarh, Ranikhet and Mukteshwar. Kathgodam originated from the phrase timber depot; i.e. Kath=timber and Godam=depot, thus, the small village remained as a popular trade and commerce route in the Himalayas since 1901 and even before that.

Kathgodam Town

History of Kathgodam

According to history books, the region (Bhabhar –Terai) originally was gifted to Gyan Chand belonging to the Chand ruling clan by the Delhi Sultanate. Since 1909, Kathgodam housed in Bhabhar region in Uttarakhand flourished as a popular tourist gateway to the picturesque Himalayas due to the initiation of railway line till here by the British. Prior to that the railway line was only extended till Haldwani. Hence, tourists travelling to Nainital have to cross Kathgodam, situated 35 kilometers from the hill station at the base of the Himalayas. Kathgodam railway station also connects Delhi, Howrah and Dehradun railway line in the North Eastern Railway.

Kathgodam Town

Geography of Kathgodam

Kathgodam is positioned at an angle of 29.27° N and 79.53° E at 1,483 feet above sea level. Its vibrant beauty in the foothills of Himalayas is breathtaking. Due to the cool air flowing in from the mountains, Kathgodam experiences moderate climate even during the summer when the temperature hardly crosses 30° centigrade while the minimum temperature stays around 15° centigrade. The region experiences mostly dry climate during monsoon while winter can be extremely harsh with temperature dipping to 0°centigrade. Hence, the weather remains temperate and comfortable in the village town which tourists can visit throughout the year.

Culture of Kathgodam

Uttarakhand is known as ‘land of gods’ and the people of this region in Kumaon including Kathgodam worship nature in all its forms, religious and spiritual. The locals worship the holy River Ganga flowing through neighboring places and float diyas in the river at night. The vibrant culture, folklore and traditions of the locals make Kathgodam especially a treasured place worth visiting. Shaukas, Tharus, Buxas and Jaunsaris are the local tribes and inhabitants residing in the area. Hindus, Muslims and other communities live in peace and participate in each other’s festivities including music and dance.

Popular cuisine of Kathgodam and Kumaon region is Jhangora ki Kheer, Lesu, Aloo ke Gutke, Aloo Dal Pakore, Singodi, Sisunak Saag, Madua ki Rot, Wada, Kumaoni Raita, Kaapa, Gahat ki Daal, Mixed Dal Salad, Singal, Bhangak Khatai and Bal Mithai.

Administration in Kathgodam

Situated on the banks of Gaula River at an altitude of 554 meters, Kathgodam is also a part of twin township of Haldwani and forms a division of Haldwani-Kathgodam Municipal Corporation established on September 21, 1942. Kathgodam-Haldwani twin municipal corporation is considered the second largest after Haridwar. After the British set foot in the region, Commissioner of Kumaon, Henry Raemjay linked Kathgodam with Nainital via road in 1882 following which in 1883-1884 a railway line was built between Kathgodam and Bareilly.

Kathgodam was a small village with a meager population of 400 till 1901, after which due to the settlement of British and expansion of trade and commerce the town started to grow in area. At present the town has a population of 129,140.

Kathgodam does not have hospitals or nursing homes, hence, the residents of Kathgodam go to Haldwani and Nainital for treatment. Given below is a list of hospitals near Kathgodam town:

Kathgodam Town

Hospitals in Kathgodam

Krishna Hospital and Research Center
Address: 3-136, Guru Nanak Pura, Subhash Nagar, PO Bhutia Padav, District Nainital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand -263141
Ph no: 05946284816

Brij Lal Hospital
Address: Anandi Tower, Nainital Road, National Highway 87, Haldwani, Uttarakhand -263139
Ph no: 05946 284 816

Sai Hospital
Address: Kaladhungi Road, Heera Nagar, Haldwani, Uttarakhand- 263139
Ph no: 09759414887

Bombay Hospital
Address: Thapa Colony, Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand- 263139
Ph no: 05946284949

Soban Singh Jeena Base Hospital & Blood Bank
Address: Banbhoolpura, Haldwani, Uttarakhand -263139
Ph no: 04946251088

Kandpal ENT Hospital
Address: Amravati Colony II, Heera Nagar, Haldwani, Uttarakhand -263139
Ph no: 05946219916

Places to Visit in Kathgodam

The pristine beauty of Kathgodam is a paradise for tourists who prefer to stopover at the village town before heading for the hills. There are quite a few tourist spots in the vicinity like Sheetla Devi Temple and Kalichaud Temple which attracts a lot of devotees throughout the year. Devotees and tourists also throng the holy ashram at Hairakhan on a trip to Kathgodam. Gaula River which flows through Kathgodam town originates in Sattal region of Nainital is a scenic picnic spot and the dam across the river is a wonderful sight to behold. The charming view of the mountains from the foothills at Kathgodam free from chaos and the clean air which prevails there is a blessing for the tourists.

Other tourist spots close to Kathgodam are Corbett National Park, Corbett Falls, Corbett Canal and Choti Haldwani. Accommodation is not a problem in this small town for tourists visiting the hill stations.

How to Reach Kathgodam

The easiest way to reach Kathgodam is via railroad from Delhi, Howrah and other parts of India via Uttar Samparkkranti Express, Ranikhet Express, Shatabdi Express, Bagh Express and Kathgodam Garib Rath. Besides these, there are several connecting trains. Tourists can also travel to Kathgodam via car and local buses through NH-87 from Delhi which is 275 kilometers away, an 8-9 hours drive. The nearest airport to Kathgodam is in Pantnagar.

Utilities and Services in Kathgodam

Public services and utilities are essentials which are required for proper survival and livelihood in an individual’s life. Hence utilities like water supply, electricity supply, internet and broadband service, post offices, petrol pumps, couriers, banks etc. are requisites in every locality. Kathgodam town is equipped with these amenities and public services for its residents and tourists visiting the place. However, since Kathgodam and Haldwani, the twin towns, are located at the foothills of Himalayas in Nainital district certain amenities are not directly available in the town. For accessing those utilities and services residents of Kathgodam can easily visit Haldwani or Nainital, a stone’s throw from the small town.

Given below is a list of utilities and services in and near Kathgodam:

Post Offices in Kathgodam
Kathgodam Post office
Address: NH-87, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 1800 11 2011

Electricity Service Provider in Kathgodam
Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd
Address: 132 KV Kathgodam, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 05946 621008

Banks in Kathgodam
Uttarakhand Gramin Bank
Address: Kathgodam, Sheesh Mahal, Nainital Road, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 09219407765

State Bank of India
Address: Kathgodam, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 05946-266193

Gas Connection in Kathgodam
Indane Gas Service
Address: Nainital Road, Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
Ph no: NA

Petrol Pumps in Kathgodam
HP Petrol Pumps
Address: NH 87, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand
Ph no: NA

Indian Oil Petrol Pumps
Address: NH 87, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand
Ph no: NA

Laundry service in Kathgodam

Jugmug Laundry
Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 074175 67234

Marriage Halls near Kathgodam

Shaadi Junction Marriage Hall
Address: Kaladhungi Road, Krishna Vihar, Heera Nagar, Haldwani, Uttarakhand -263139
Ph no: NA

Sankalap Marriage Hall
Address: Pilikothi Road, Heera Nagar, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263139
Ph no: NA

Hotel Utsav Palace
Address: Nainital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand 263139
Ph no: 09837320172

Internet Service Provider in Kathgodam
Skynet Broadband
Address: First floor, Nagar Palika Complex, Near Tikonia, Nainital Road, Uttarakhand -263139
Ph no: 096906 82103

Emergency Services in Kathgodam

Kathgodam town in Nainital district of Uttarakhand serves as the pathway to the Himalayas in Kumaon region. The town surrounded in lush greenery and scenic landscape at the foothills of the mountains is an attractive tourist spot with endless sightseeing opportunities in its neighborhood. However, as small as it might be, Kathgodam is well-equipped in dealing with emergencies. Hospitals, Blood Banks, Ambulance, Chemists, Police Stations; all these emergency dealing mechanisms are present in and around Kathgodam. Given below is a list of emergencies in Kathgodam town :

Police Stations in Kathgodam

Here is the list of police stations in Kathgodam.

Haldwani Police Chowki
Address: Heera Nagar, Haldwani, Uttarakhand- 263139
Ph no: 05946 220 052

Police Station
Address: NH 87, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand 263126
Ph no: 05946-266744

Fire Stations in Kathgodam

Fire Brigade
Address: Hydel Gate, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: NA

Ambulance Services in Kathgodam

Here is a list of ambulance services in Kathgodam.

Ranu Ambulance Sewa
Address:  Main Road, Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263134
Ph no: 08909230090/09756025531

Pappu Ambulance Services
Address: Linepaar, Sanjay Nagar, Hathikhana, Lal Kuan, Nainital, Uttarakhand– 262402
Ph no: 009627227860/09568367874

Chemists in Kathgodam

Ashu Medicos
Address: Nariman Point, Bypass Road, Kathgodam, Haldwani, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263126
Ph no: 09837701501

Indra Pharmacy
Address: Bara Bazar, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand-263001
Ph no: NA

Nischay Medical Store
Address: 11/84, Haldwani HO, Chowk Bazar, Uttarakhand-263139
Ph no: 05946-219924/09412036170

Kavita Medical Store
Address: Kaladhungi, Chaurah, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263139
Ph no: 05946-254001

Sourabh Medical Store
Address: Kaladhungi Road, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263139
Ph no: 05946-254811

Bhasin Medical Store
Address: Patel Chowk, Haldwani, Uttarakhand-263139
Ph no: 05946-251326

MS Suryavansh Medical Store
Address: Opposite Female Hospital, Nainital Road, Haldwani-263139
Ph no: 09412981432

Also Read: Tourism in Kathgodam

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