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Things to Do in Kathgodam

Best things to do in Kathgodam are numerous and that is what makes the place special. Kathgodam, also known as the ‘Gateway of Kumaon Hills’ is a city in Uttaranchal, which is situated on the riverside of the Gaula at an altitude of 554 meters from the sea level. The city is developed in the foothills of the Kumaon Hills. Since the city is a hub of commerce and trade in its district, it got the name ‘Kathgodam’ meaning ‘timber depot’. The city is famous for two major temples devoted to the Hindu Goddesses Kali Chaud and Sheetla Devi. Devotees have been visiting these temples to take God’s blessing for over decades now. This city has a rich cultural and historical heritage as it was once ruled by the king of Kumaon.

Being located close to the Himalayas, Kathgodam has become an adventure activity base camp. Many treks and camping expeditions originate from this city. Adventure enthusiasts visit throughout the year to enjoy the various hiking and trekking activities. The trek to the Roopkund lake via Lohajung is one of the best treks to embark upon as the view of the lake amidst the backdrop of snow covered mountains is breathtaking. The avid trekkers can take the ten-day long trek to the Nanda Devi East Base Camp or the Pindari Glacier trek. These experiences will definitely be once in a lifetime experience for you and your friends and family.

The city Bhimtal is just a stone’s throw distance away from Kathgodam. Activities like boating, kayaking, paragliding etc. can be done here. The city Nainital is also located close to Kathgodam and is a famous hill station in Northern India. Boating in Naini lake is a must do activity. Nainital also houses a lot of viewpoints that provide a spectacular view of the mountain valleys. When with family one can always visit the parks there and have a picnic to have fun. These are just a few of the best things to do in Kathgodam. We have tried to answer some FAQ’s below; hope they help you in making your holiday trip to Kathgodam successful.

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What activities can I do in Kathgodam?

Kathgodam has a plethora of activities to offer for people of all ages. Below is the list of activities one can do in Kathgodam.

  •       Have a picnic with family at the dam at the river Gaula.
  •       Visit famous temples like the Kali Chaud and the Sheetla Devi temples.
  •       Go on treks like Roopkund trek, Nanda Devi East Base Camp trek, Pindari Glacier trek etc. and enjoy time in mother nature’s lap.
  •       Visit Nainital and enjoy sightseeing, boating in the lake, and visit viewpoints.
  •       Visit Bhimtal to enjoy activities like kayaking, boating, camping, and trekking.
  •       Take the Jungle camping trip to Binsar to experience rappelling, bird watching etc.

Which are some famous treks in Kathgodam?

Since Kathgodam is located in the foothills of Himalayas, it has become a hub of adventure enthusiasts who enjoy activities like hiking, camping, trekking etc. Many trekking tours are available in and around Kathgodam. One can choose from weekday or week long treks. The weeklong treks cover many fascinating places in the Himalayas like Brahma Tal, Rubin Pass, Roopkund Lake, Nanda Devi etc. some close by locations can be covered in the weekday treks. Few famous camping treks in Kathgodam are:

  •       Roopkund Trekking
  •       Trekking in Pangot
  •       Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek
  •       Skeleton Lake Trek in Roopkund
  •       Trekking in Rupin Pass
  •       Panchachuli Base Camp Trek
  •       Pindari Glacier Trek
  •       Om Parvat Trek

Which are some famous sites for camping in Kathgodam?

Due to its proximity to the Himalayas, Kathgodam has become the base hub where all camping treks initiate from. Camping in the hills is an amazing experience that connects one to mother nature. Kathgodam is home to many camping treks and one can even customize them based on their requirements. There are many beautiful and tranquil locations where one can camp overnight on holiday trip. Few of them are:

  •       Nainital – One of the famous hill stations in Northern India, it is home to many beautiful camping locations that provide stunning view of the mountain valleys.
  •       Auli – It is a famous skiing destination and camping here amidst oak trees, dense woods and mesmerizing valleys will leave you spellbound.
  •       Binsar – It is located close to the ancient Silk Route and surrounded by a large number of oak trees. Jungle camping, rappelling, bird watching, and riverside camping make it an ideal place for adventure enthusiasts.
  •       Bhimtal – It is one of the most common places to camp due to the tranquillity of this city. Paragliding, horse-riding, and boating are other activities that one can do during their camping trip.

Which are some famous temples to visit in Kathgodam?

Kathgodam was once under the kingdom of the king of Kumaon as it lies in the foothills of Kumaon hills. Many temples have been built in and around Kathgodam. Few of the temples are:
· Kali Chaur – this temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is built amidst scenic surroundings. The temple maintains a peaceful environment and hence people visit it to rejuvenate from mental stress.
· Shani Mandir – dedicated to Lord Shani Dev this temple was built in Ranibagh. Many devotees visit this temple to take blessings from Lord Shani.
· Shitla Devi Temple – this temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Shitala refers to “one who cools” in Sanskrit. She is worshiped by all Hindus and has been referred to Puranic Literature.

Which are some famous sites for sightseeing in Kathgodam?

Situated close to the scenic Kumaon hills, Kathgodam provides breathtaking scenic views. With mesmerizing hills and clouds on the backdrop, the panorama is gorgeous and attracts all the nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. Below are few places that one can enjoy visiting in Kathgodam:

  •       Sat Tal – an amalgamation of seven lakes Sat Tal is just 23 km from Kathgodam. Surrounded by Pine trees and flocked by migratory birds, this lake is beautiful in itself.
  •       Hanuman Garhi – this picturesque temple devoted to Lord Hanuman was constructed by Baba Neem Kiroli. This place is a famous sunset point in Uttarakhand.
  •       Ranikhet – Once a town of Queen Padmini, Ranikhet houses splendid valleys and spectacular mountain views. Trekking is one popular adventure activity here.

·       Naukuchia Tal – Located just 26 km from Kathgodam, this is a nine-sided lake where one can enjoy the profound beauty of the Himalayas.

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Kathgodam Things To Do Reviews

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Devadatt Panicker
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2015
5.0/5
Awesom views from the peak pount, everything was looking so tiny from the top and elegant as well, especially the dense forests around are virgin and provide picturesque beauty of the snow capped Himalayan ranges.
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Divjot Pillai
Reviewed: 13 Mar 2015
4.0/5
I wont recommend you to with your family, since ladies might have difficulty to hike on the rocky trek but the trek between Dudhatoli to Bhararisan is somehow easier than other routes.
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Rageswari Reddy
Reviewed: 14 Sep 2014
5.0/5
Wao it looks like a movie location of any Bollywood film , it has everything from beauty of nature of man made adventure... We loved to see the famous Himalayan peaks such as the Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Kedarnath Panchchuoli.
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Udit Sethi
Reviewed: 20 Nov 2014
4.0/5
This trek suits everyone, from beginners to experienced trekkers... since its a very short trek but no doubt this place is full of rich and dense forests of oak, pine and deodar along with wide variety of wildlife
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Puneet Sinha
Reviewed: 02 Oct 2014
4.0/5
But the beautiful views from the peak point won't let you feel any kind of tiredness . Our overnight camping was a very nice experience for me. There is a very beautiful temple of lord Shiva called the Binsar temple which can be a good visiting place.
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Gayatri Bhattacharya
Reviewed: 09 May 2014
5.0/5
i never saw such a fantastic place in my life, it feels like the entire himalayas has come to a single point. We started our trekking from Pauri which is actually a a beautiful hill station having surrounded by the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas.

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