Location and Weather
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Kotdwara is situated in the foothills of the Shivaliks at a distance of 101 km from Pauri. It is positioned at an elevation of 395m above sea level. Kotdwara means access to Garhwal. Apart from its religious significance, the town is also popular as the most important commercial center of the region. As per the history of the region, it was ruled over by the Mauryan Empire under the great ruler, Ashoka since years. Later on, the Katyuri Kingdom took over the charge and then the Panwar dynasty of Garhwal.
Kotdwar was called Khohdwara initially;–meaning a gateway to the Khoh;–after river Khoh on whose banks it is located.
Kotdwar is renowned for the presence of several temples such as the Siddhbali temple which is situated at a distance of 2kms from Kotdwar. Sidhbali temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman and is visited by numbers of devotees all throughout the year. The Durga Devi temple is also situated at a distance of 2kms from Kotdwar and is one of the most renowned temples in the area.
Throughout the year, Kotdwar is visited by a number of tourists. Therefore, accommodation service is well developed in the city. This is again one of the major reasons for the tourists traveling through the region to use this beautiful city. The cost of these hotels is also very nominal and hence, all can afford with ease.
It is a common start point for a pilgrimage to the two famous temples Kedarnath (Lord Shiva) and Badrinath (Lord Vishnu). It is situated on the banks of three seasonal rivers namely Kho, Malini, and Sukhro. This area was the place of meditation for many sages and rishis. The city is surrounded by many small villages and towns which are generally termed as Bhabar area such as Kanvashram (where Shankuntala gave birth to Prince Bharata (emperor), after the name of whom the country is called Bharat)
Temperate weather conditions
The climate of Kotdwar is generally temperate. The nearby hilly regions often get snowfall during winter but the temperature in Kotdwara is not known to fall below freezing. Summer temperatures can often reach 43 °C whereas winter temperatures are usually between 4 and 20 °C. During the monsoon season, there is often heavy and protracted rainfall.
Summers in Kotdwara starts from March and lasts until June. The season is very hot and the temperature ranges between 32 °C and 37 °C.
From July to September the monsoon season prevails over this beautiful town of Uttarakhand.
Winter is from October to February. The season is very cold and the temperature ranges between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius.