Diverse in topography, the district of Pauri
Garhwal varies from the foothills of the Tarai of
Kotdwar to the soul- lifting meadows of Doonhatoli,
sprawing at an altitude of 3,000mts., Which remain
snowbound during the winter months. Pauri Garhwal is
ringed by the districts of Chamoli, Nanital, Bijnor,
Haridwar, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal.
Filled with places of tourist interest, most locations
in Pauri offer a breathtaking view of the snow - laden
situated at an elevation of 1814mts. above sea-level on the northern
slopes of Kandoliya hills, Pauri is the headquarter of
the district Pauri Garhwal and the Garhwal Division.
Pauri provides a panoramic view of the snow clad
Himalayan peaks of Bandar Poonch, Swarga-Rohini, Jonli,
Gangotri Group, Jogin Group, Thalaiya- sagar, Kedarnath,
kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth,
Ghoriparvat, Hathiparvat, Nandadevi & Trisul.
: 20,397 ( 1991 census)
: Cold in winter, Pleasent in summer and
heavy rainfall in
: Round the year.
Summer :Cottons/ light woollens,
Winter - Heavy Woollens
Languages : Garhwali, Hindi & English.
| The snow-covered mountains of Khirsu
offers a panoramic view of the Central Himalayas and
attracts a large number of toursits. From here one can
get a clear view of many named & unnamed peaks.
19 kms. away from Pauri at an altitude of 1,700 mts.,
Khirsu is a peaceful spot, free from pollution. The
tranquility of the adjoining thick Oak and Deodar
forests and apple orchards, is broken only by the
chirping of birds.
The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is
well worth a visit. Accommodation is available at the
Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House
Doodhatoli situated at an altitute of 3100 mts., is
covered with dense mixed forests. Thalisain is the last
bus terminus (100 kms. from Pauri), from where
Doodhatoli is at a distance of 24 kms. by trek. One of
the most pictureque places, it commands a panoramic view
of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding area.
The indometable freedom fighter of Garhwal, Veer Chandra
Singh Garwali, was enamoured by the place. As was his
last wish, a memorial in his name has been erected here
after his death. A humble but bold memorial in his name
creates a 'never say die' atmosphere under the tall Oak
It is one of the well known religious places of the
entire division and a large number of devotees come here
round the year for darshan. It is 34 kms. from Pauri on
the main Pauri-Kotdwar road. Every year during
a special religious festival is held at Jwaladevi.
Binsar is situated at an altitute of 2480 mts. and is at
a distance of 114 kms. from Pauri. Set amidst dense
forest of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron, it is a
celebrated place of worship. The temple dedicated to
Lord Shiva is of archaeological significance. The
central room of the temple is beautifully adorned by the
idols of Ganesh, Har Gauri and Mardini. Thalisain, 100
kms. from Pauri, is the last bus stop. From here a 22
kms. bridle path leads to Binasar.
Connected by a well maintained 17 kms. long road from
Pauri, Adwani is an ideal picnic spot, as it is
surrounded by thick forest and devoid of the hustle
& bustle of the town. There is a Forest Rest House
one can stay.
Situated at a height of 2,200 mts., Tara Kund is a
picturesque spot amidst lofty mountains in the Chariserh
development area. A small lake and an ancient temple
adorn the place. The Teej Festival is celebrated with
great gaiety when the local people come here to worship
and pay homage to God.
Situated at a distance of 14kms. from Kotdwar, Kanva
Rishi Ashram is an important place from the historical
and archaeological point of view. 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 in diverting Vishwamitra's
attention. After birth to a girl she went back to
heaven. The girl later became Shakuntala who got married
to the prince of Hastinapur and gave birth to Bharat,
the prince after whom our country is called
Bharat.Accommodation is available at tourist complex,
Wildlife Sanctuary a heaven for animal watchers is just
8 kms. from Hardwar and 21 km from Risikesh. Located on
the banks of river Ganga in the heart of Shivalik hills,
Chila is a part of the famous Rajaji National Park. The
fauna include elephants, spotted Deer, Stag deer,
Neelgai bull, Wild beer, Fox, Porcupine, Jungle fowls
and Peacocks. Beside these, migratory birdsare also seen
on the river Ganga. There is a Tourist Rest House in
addition to a Forest Rest House.
32kms. from Rishikesh via Barrage and 22kms. via Ram
Jhoola, this place abounds in religious fervour,
| mythological significance and picturesque surroundings.
According to a legend, this place derived its name from
Lord Shiva.It is believed that it was here that Lord
Shiva consumed the venom which emanated durimg the
' Samudra Manthan ' due to this, His throat became blue
in colour, thus
giving Shiva the name of Neelkanth. Centuries old
temples here reserve in their fold the celestial aura
and legendary ambience.
926 meters, amidst three valleys (vishnukoot, Brahmakoot
and Manikoot ) and on the confluence of Madhumati and
Pankaja rivers awaits Neelkanth mahadev. Neelkanth
Mahadev is 22kms. from Swargashram. The 12 kms.
trekkable road is surrounded by dense forests, a sight
every trekker would love to behold.
at a distance of 48 kms. from Kotdwar, Kalagarh is an
ideal places for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga
river is also worth visiting. Accommodation is available
at the irrigation & Forest Rest Houses.