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Kathgodam- Gateway to Kumaon
Sited on the banks of river Gaula, in the Nainital District of Uttrakhand, Kathgodam is perched at a height of 554m above the sea level. The town got its name from two Hindi words, Kath and Godam, which literally means, “Timber Depot”. This name was given as from years it is the centre of trade and commerce in the district.
Earlier an unnoticed hamlet, today it has become one of the main tourist attractions of India. River Gaula is the main attraction of Kathgodam, which has a dam on it and is known by the name Gaula Barrage. This place is a renowned picnic spot not only for visitors but for locals as well.
There are a number of other interesting places in and around Kathgodam. The town has a number of beautiful sacred shrines. Most of the temples here are devoted to Goddess Sheetla Devi. Kalichaud during the festival time allures visitors not only from India, but from all over the world.
On your visit to Kathgodam, you can also explore the nearby small town, Bhimtal, which is at a distance of around 21 Km from here. This lake has a number of things to offer, most renowned among which is the Bhimatal Lake. It is also considered as a paradise for nature lovers. Old Shiva temple, Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple positioned on the bank of this lake, is also another attraction.
The whole region is marvellously placed at the foothills of the great Himalayas. It offers immaculate views of snow-capped peaks of Himalayas and indeterminate cliffs. It is definitely a picture perfect hill station which assures amazing refreshment and exults.