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Best 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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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting 7 days 6 nights trekking in Rupin pass and get a chance to explore the amazing beauty of this region.Start you get driven from Kathgodam to Bageshwar and explore the Bageshwar town.Visit the old Bagnath temple at the confluence ...

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    To Book Call @ 07737757778About the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek:Here is a 9-day Panchachuli Base Camp trekking package that begins after you reach Kathgodam and the first point of stay is Dharchula. The picturesque ways to Dharchula crossing the towns of Bhimtal, Almora a...

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    About the Activity:One of the not so popular yet difficult winter treks in the country is Brahmatal lake trek in Uttarakhand. The trek is known for offering the right amount of snow that makes a trek exciting. Here is a fun filled package of 6 days to relish the snow cov...

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Traveller Tales From Kathgodam


Shudhanshu Lodha

17 April 2015

The Panchachuli and Nandadevi peaks are sights I wish I could have seen long before, so I could come over and over again! This is a brilliant place! Highly recommended.


Baljinder Kaul

16 April 2015

‘Bliss giving goddess’ indeed! What a heavenly mountain! And we run off to the alps for triple the price you pay here. The trek is challenging and adventurous , but a lot of fun if you are with the rig...


Surya Shekhar

06 April 2015

The trek was amazing from the beginning to the end. It was truly a memorable experience with other trekkers and the guides who guided us throughout the trek and made the Panchachuli trek such an advent...


Arun Pandey

06 April 2015

I would rate this Panchachuli Trek as one of the best in Uttarakhand. Forget Uttarakhand, this can be the best in India as well. With not so much of difficulty, I completed the trek on an exciting note...


Peter Mehta

16 April 2015

Got to see the Panchachuli and Nandadevi peaks while on this trek last time. Trudged along paths that have been only recently explored and wow, what beautiful mountains and valleys stay nestled in ther...


Kunal Gupta

09 April 2015

Being a backpacker, I had the habit of jumping in for anything. But after I did the same with the Panchachuli trek, I really felt proud of my habit. All that I got see and discover in this trek made me


Gagan Jain

09 April 2015

The trek might sound a bit long, but once you start hiking from Mikla, everything you come across will make you fall for it. The most amazing part is the trek from Sundam Khal Pass to the main destinat...


Manish Ostwal

17 February 2015

Keep calm and take this Panchaculi trek of 10 days. Really, had amazing experieince in the Kumaon Himalayas.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Kathgodam

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.