Kathgodam Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2020

Kathgodam is the entry to numerous tourist spots in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand including Nainital. Like many parts of the state, it’s incredibly scenic and taking a walk through the town is the best way to explore it. Tourist places in Kathgodam doesn’t have a long list of attractions and for most visitors, it’s a transit point before heading off to other destinations. However, it has wonderful views of the hills, is located along the banks of the Gola River, and if you head out a little you can visit the famed Nainital Lake that’s located in the center of Nainital town.

If you’re planning a holiday in the Kumaon region, whether it’s Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet or Almora, Kathgodam is the last railway station. As you enter town, you get a feel for what to expect in the rest of Kumaon. This place will never disappoint you instead it will make you feel mesmerised. Kathgodam will give you so many memories which will remain etched in your heart forever.

With a climate that’s pleasant almost all year-round, temples that draw devotees, picturesque locales and numerous attractions a short distance from town, Kathgodam is where you should head to on your next holiday. The tourist places in Kathgodam will leave you spell bounded and make you yearn for the place even more. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning and packing for the trip of a lifetime. We are sure that you will make lot of happy memories to be cherished forever.

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02 February 2019
19th to 23rd January 2019 can’t forget, can’t explain the experience in my life !! The Brahmatal trek is unforgettable in this lifetime!! Yes, we faced some mighty powers of mountains and skies , when we were at Brahmatal camp at 12000feet severe snow storm was hit !! Yea we wanted live snowfall we were praying for it since we booked for the trek but the holy nature gave us so much snowfall that’s enough for one lifetime!! It was almost 4 to 5 feet snow outside our camps !!! we experienced temp of around -15 to -20 degree !! we took shelters in chacha ki dhukhan (small shop with wooden roof covered with tarpol)! The best part was our guides when all others trekking companies like India hike, trek the Himalayas team went down in snow storm our team stayed back up until the 36hours storm was gone and descended with a view that can be remembered every day in this lifetime !! Thinking about the hike up the mountain, right before the peak, the pain is unbearable. The trek has been long and the journey has been uphill against snow filled rocky terrain. Just before you reach the top, you feel as if you’ll never be able to take another step, yet you do. You forget ahead and just as the desire to give up becomes strongest, you reach the top. The light, the view is incredible, and you can finally see clearly what you’ve been fighting for. Suddenly, the next part of your journey is clear. It's beautiful, and its all laid out in the sight ahead and below. You are renewed, you know now where you are going. Today, if you are in a season where you are heading uphill and all you see is the mountainous terrain ahead, I hope to inspire you to keep going. Take small steps, but don't stop and don't dare go backwards. When it feels like you can't move, take a deep breath, and cry out for strength to just take the very next step. You will reach the top of your mountain and your joy will be great!! You are moving forward and your destiny awaits! After this trek, my confidence has boosted for sure !! I would like to thank my trek guides from bottom of my heart Raju bhayia, Praveen bhai who took very good care of us overnights and days in that severe snow storm and motivating on each and every step which was very difficult on the way back !! Again I Repeat this experience “Cannot be explained and cannot forget” in this lifetime!! Guys from experience I recommend you to carry all the trekking gears without fail or u gonna suffer REAL bad in those mighty mountains especially must if u are doing in peak winter ... (don't forget to see the forecast ) imp gears are Minus temp waterproof outer jacket, down jacket .thermal inners, lots of t-shirts at least 4, thermal pants, trek pants 2 , track pants , walking poles , WATERPROOF SHOES ( very imp ), 4 pairs of thermal socks , GATERS u can't walk without it in snow, in safer side carry one meter of tarpol that can be used in heavy snow as gaters (telling with experience) , woollen caps, glove inners, waterproof gloves .. Be mentally prepared for the worst !!!u will really enjoy it and ur confidence will be much more then what you were !! MUST DO TREK!
03 July 2017
Roopkunda, one of the most mysterious and surprising trek each and everyday a different surprise waiting for you on next turn. I have done this trek on May 2017. That trek contains everything from nature forest, meadows, snow, rain and hailstorm too. Trek begins from the day you land on Kathgodam. Its a 10 hrs long and beautiful journey passing via beautiful hill stations of Uttrakhand. Once you cover that part you reach WAN/Lohanjung, a small peaceful village where you will forget all your tiredness of 10 hrs long journey. You will meet your guide here and from next day the real adventure begins. Day 1: WAN - Ran bugad - Didina 4-5 hrs trekking - easy trek with gradual uphill and downhill through dense mountain forest. Campsite at Didina is amazing. We reach there by mid 2 PM and then enjoyed rest of the day here. Day 2: Didina - Ali bugyal - Bedini Begyal, 4-6 hrs, moderate day, very steep ascent in some part, most of the part is via dense forest, you need lots of stamina and water in first half, in later part you will trek on asia's largest green meadow with amazing view of snow capped mountains. When we reach Bedini it starts raining very hard for 2-3 hrs. It was thrilling as temperature is freezing during rain, 10C Day 3: Bedini - patharnachuni - easiest day. Trekking on almost a flat track and downhill. I enjoyed a lot on that day, singing, photography, everything we did during this part. No difficulties at all apart from height gain. So you need to be relax. It took 4 hrs to complete. Day 4: Patharnachuni - Kalu vinayak -Bhaguwabasa, One of the tough day. Trekking on Mud and snow at a very low temperature. Here we got really tested with our stamina and fear of height. Till Kalu vinayak its a difficult part as it was on mud and snow mixed slippery narrow and rough trek (steep climb) On kalu vinayak we felt relax and enjoyed Ganesha's arti. After kalu vinayak, till campsite trekking was on fresh snow, comparatively easy (descent only) but trek was narrow so you need to be very careful while stepping. When we reach baguwabasa it starts raining or I can say hailstorm which lasts for 3 hours. Out campsite got completely covered in snow. I haven't seen that much snow in my life. Once hailstorm stops, we came out from tents and started playing on snow, you will fall in love with this campsite. However you will feel headache here, fortunately we didn't face this for a long time. Only precaution drink as much water as you can and cover your self with woolen temp is 0C and below here. Day 5: Bhaguwabasa - Roopkunda- Bhaguwabasa - Patharnachuni - Bedini Summit day, for which we were awaiting for a long time, a very long day almost 10 hrs of trekking. Started very early at 4 AM on that day our guide provided us crampon to wear on shoes as it was slippery and soft snow on trek. Crampon helped us a lot, without that it was almost impossible to trek from bhaguwabasa to ropkunda it took 3 hrs most difficult part of trek as it was on narrowest edge of mountain covered with snow, very sharm turn where you have to be very very careful, without guide it is pretty difficult on some turns I thought to moving back but our guide motivate us and finally we were able to complete. I was speechless when I saw roop kunda, lost in its beauty and peace for 10 mins and was senseless, I wasn't that much excited and emotional when India won world cup, finally all the efforts were paid a beautiful result. we enjoyed there for 30 mins and then started back to reach Bedin. We covered maximum distance and reach Bedini in late afternoon at Bedini we were welcome with a massive hailstorm which turn the entire green meadow in white layer it starts raining from patharnachuni, raincoat is must here. Day 6: Final day: Bedini - Neel ganga - Wan - steep descent via forest and then 2 km gradual ascent - easy day, lots of walking, enjoyed a lot during forest pass you can hear birds singing. Once you finish downhill part you will reach Neel ganga river, we had a break and rest in neel ganga river water. Freezing cold but relaxing. After that gradual climb for 2 km and then 1 km downhill to reach WAN. Best part of entire trek: Quick weather changes and maggie at every point. Must carry: raincoat, woolen and drink lots of water About me: I am 31 year old guy with normal physique, not a regular gym guy with normal stamina, but I must say that you should practice lots of walking and running before hitting this trek, it was my first trek and I enjoyed this a lot.
04 July 2017
Our first trek was exciting. It was Roopkund. One of the best treks in India. Thanks thrillophilia for suggesting us. Trek was organised in a very professional way and thoroughly enjoyed out trek all 6 days. Now this is becoming addictive. Planning for rupin pass soon with Thrillophilia again.
"perfect trek to starters , helps gain confidence really enjoyed lot ,management was perfect nothing to suggest. . . Thanks Thrillophilia\n"
18 January 2014
Roopkund was something that I wanted to visit and see since the time I read about the rumours on it. However, as time went by, the rumours subsided and so was my eager. Recently, when my friends and I were thinking of out of the box places to visit, one girl suggested this, and we ended up visiting here. It is a nice vacation spot to take with your gang.
02 March 2020
Our whole trip went superb, right from the starting we were well picked up from Kathgodam, then stay at lohajung. The Bekaltal was very beautiful and we also explored it a bit. The journey to the Brahmatal was excellent. Every arrangement was done perfectly and we had an awesome time there. Highly recommended as this place gave me the best memories.
10 January 2020
We booked our whole trek from Thrillophilia and it was great experience. It was completely safe except Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar, the guide will help you regarding that, just follow him, he is best guide I ever had in so many years of experience. Recommended for all adventure lovers.
04 February 2020
The location of the camping is good, the view was just mesmerising and it really fells so good and relaxed, the guide was a super knowledgeable and experience person and he helped us a lot during this entire trip.
25 May 2018
Very decent place with lots of snow to see. We visited in this peak season, there were many tourists but our group was leading as we had the best guide, the food and the stay were well managed and timely given. There is not a single casualty felt, this is great and good to go.
14 July 2019
It is a very nice location for all types. Coupes, families, and especially the friends group, we were 4 and had an amazing trekking experience here. Khabekhal Lake was my personal favourite .big yes to this trek.

People Also Ask About Kathgodam

  1. What is the best time to visit Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam enjoys pleasant weather all year-round like much of Uttarakhand. Even so, July to November is the ideal time to visit as the weather is cool. Winter can get cold with temperatures dipping to below 5 degrees Celsius. However, the town takes on a fresh, crisp look and the chilly weather is rejuvenating.

  2. How to reach Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam is well-connected to tourist destinations in Uttarakhand. It’s about 24 kms from Nainital and can be reached by air, road and trail.

    Air: Kathgodam does not have its own airport. However, Pantnagar Airport is located just 32 kms away. Flights are available from Delhi.

    Road: Bus services are available from major cities of the country to Kathgodam. However, the easiest way to get here by road is to catch a bus from Delhi. It takes approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes via NH9.

    Rail: Kathgodam has its own railway station known as Kathgodam Railway Station. It’s connected to cities like Dehradun, Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Kanpur.

  3. Which are the best places to visit in Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam has a few tourist hotspots but the majority lie at a short distance from the town. If you’re in Kathgodam, these are the places to head to –
    - Jim Corbett National Park
    -Gola River
    -Gola Dam
    -Nainital Lake
    -Bhimtal Lake
    -Jama Masjid Kathgodam
    -Kalichaud Mandir
    -Sheetla Mandir

  4. What things can I do in Kathgodam?

    For many visitors, Kathgodam is a stopover before heading to other towns in Nainital and neighboring regions like Pangot, Sattal and Ramgarh. However, it does have its own attractions and before heading to any of these places, take a time to explore this pretty town.

    You can go on a picnic to the dam over the Gola River, which is a popular spot for the same, and visit temples such as the Sheetla Devi and Kali Chaud mandirs as well as the lovely Jama Masjid Kathgodam. The town is best known for its scenic beauty and a walk through the streets is a great way to appreciate it.

  5. Which are some best resorts to stay in Kathgodam?

    While luxury resorts are few in Kathgodam, there are several resorts that provide good service and facilities at reasonable prices. They include –
    -KMVN Tourist Bungalow Kathgodam
    -Relax Inn
    -Lemon Park Hotel & SPA
    -Lords Eco Inn
    -Dolmaar Resort
    -Leena Holiday Home

  6. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam has numerous eating joints including popular restaurant chains like Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. However, when in town, you can’t miss out on delicious local cuisine that you won’t find elsewhere. There are a few places you can sample it such as Woodpecker Restaurant, Royal Spice Restaurant and Vatika Restaurant.

  7. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kathgodam?

    A taxi is the best way to get around Kathgodam. You can take your time visiting places and don’t have to contend with the crowds. However, buses are cheaper and are a great option when cutting travel costs.

  8. Which are the best places for shopping in Kathgodam?

    Kathgodam has a few malls where you can pick up fashion items and brand name products. Walkway Mall located in Haldwani is the main shopping center here. Aside from shops, it features a multiplex and a food court.

    Vishal Mega Mart is another shopping point. Like many of other stores in the chain, it sells a mix of items like clothing, accessories, household items and electronics.

  9. Which are the famous treks in Kathgodam?

    Being the gateway to popular trekking destinations, visitors need to travel farther to access these places. Famous treks include the likes of –
    -Nanda Devi East Base Camp
    -Roopkund Trek
    -Brahmatal Trek
    -Panchachuli Base Camp Trek
    -Pindari Glacier Trek
    -Om Parvat Trek
    -Brahmatal Trek

  10. Which are the famous camping destinations in Kathgodam?

    Uttarakhand’s natural beauty lends itself to some terrific camping spots, a few of which are located near Kathgodam. They include Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, villages along the banks of the Kali River and Dolmaar Riverside Camp.