About Haldwani

Haldwani is the third most populous city in Uttarakhand, and is known as the "Gateway of Kumaon". In Kumaoni, the local dialect, the place is called "Halduvani", literally "forest (vana) of Haldu", after the tree named "Haldu", often referred to as "Kadamb" (Haldina cordifolia), which was found in abundance prior to deforestation for agriculture and settlement.

In 1816, after the British defeated Gorkhas, Gardner was appointed the Commissioner of Kumaon. Later George William Trail took over as Commissioner and renamed Halduvani as Haldwani in 1834. Though British records suggest that the place was established in 1834, as a mart for hill people who visited the Bhabhar (Himalayan foothills) region, during the cold season.

Geography

Haldwani is located at 29.22°N 79.52°E. It has an average elevation of 424 metres (1,391 feet). Geologically, Haldwani is settled on a piedmont grade (called Bhabhar) where the mountain rivers go underground to re-emerge in the Indo-Gangetic plain. It has historically been a trading post and then a hub between the hilly regions of Kumaon and the Indo-Gangetic Plain.

Demographics

As per provisional data of 2011 census Haldwani-cum-Kathgodam urban agglomeration had a population of 232,060, out of which males were 121,363 and females were 110,697. The literacy rate was 85.17 per cent. Religions in Haldwani Religion Percent Hindus 61% Muslims 28% Sikhs 8% Jains 0.7% Others 2.3% Distribution of religions †Includes Christians (0.2%), Buddhists (0.2%).

Medical college

Government Medical College, Haldwani was established in 1997. The college is affiliated with Kumaun University and residential & co-educational medical colleges.

Education

Haldwani is home to the schools which provide an exceptionally high standard of pre-college education, without the elitism and expenses associated with the residential hill schools of Uttarakhand. The best schools of Haldwani are Beersheba Senior Secondary School,Nirmala Convent Sr. Sec School, St.Theresa Sr. Sec School,Queen's Senior Secondary School, Aryaman vikram Birla institute Of Learning .. Few other local schools are Cynthia senior secondary school, A.B.M Senior Secondary School, S.K.M school, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Senior Sec. School, Naini Valley School, Kendriya Vidhyalaya,White Hall School, Unchapul. Maharishi Vidya Mandir, St. Paul's Sr. Sec. School,Inspiration public school, Little flower school, Amrapali Institute - Lamachaur. D.A.V. Centenary Public School, Scholars' Academic Home which provides education of the highest standards up to middle school level. The Heritage School which is one of the finest school in the town,Hargovind Suyal Sharashwati Vidya Mandir Inter college, Govt. Inter College Banbhoolpura, Govt. Girls Inter College Haldwani, Mahatma Gandhi Inter College, H.N. Inter College, M.B. Inter College. Having One Degree College Moti Ram Babu Ram Govt. (Post Graduate) College. It has a premier university of agriculture and technology nearby namely Pantnagar University. It also has Sikkim Manipal University, Learning Center providing Management & IT Programs under the distance education mode address IT Campus, Tikonia Haldwani,ARENA ANIMATION(NAWABI ROAD), NIIT Education centre which has been providing careers in the global IT industry to the local students.

Connectivity

Haldwani is well connected to the country's capital Delhi via road and rail. Regular buses are available from Delhi which takes around 8–9 Hrs to reach Haldwani. Some luxury buses including Volvo are also available but they have fix timing. All the buses leave from the Haldwani Bus Station for Delhi's Anand Vihar ISBT. Railway is another mode of transportation available for travelling between Haldwani and Delhi. Haldwani & Kathgodam are two railway stations. Ranikhet Express (10:45 pm from Old Delhi-Daily), Sampark Kranti (4:00 pm from Old Delhi-Daily) & Anand-Vihar-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express (6:00 am from Anand Vihar Terminal-All days except Thursday) are some other trains available. There are other seasonal trains too. The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport but one rarely gets any passenger flights.The national highways to Rampur and Haridwar have since widened and strengthened, so the road-route is now comfortable. A new I.S.B.T is to come up in Golapar area.

The connectivity to state capital Dehradun is also good. There are a number of buses for Dehradun- Haldwani route. Railway is planning shorter rail-track via Ramnagar-Kotdwar-Haridwar instead of via Rampur-Moradabad.

Trains from Haldwani

All trains start from Kathgodam Railway Station which is a terminal of North Eastern Railway's Izzatnagar Division and then reach Haldwani Railway Station and proceed towards Lalkuan Junction Railway Station the trains currently running from here are

Ranikhet Express

It runs from Kathgodam to Bhagat ki Kothi in Jodhpur, Rajasthan via Delhi, Jaipur and Ajmer Kathgodam Dehradun Link Express It Connects Haldwani with state capital Dehradun via Lalkuan, Rampur,[disambiguation needed] Moradabad, Najibabad and Haridwar

Bagh Express

From Kathgodam to Kolkata Howrah Junction via Bareilly, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Hajipur and Asansol
Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti
From Kathgodam to Delhi Junction
Kathgodam Anand Vihar Shatabdi Express
From Kathgodam to Anand Vihar Terminal in Delhi
Kathgodam Jammu Garib Rath
From Kathgodam to Jammu Tawi in Jammu which runs once in a week. every tuesday