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Kumoan Region
Udham Singh Nagar

In the vicinity of the spectacular Kumaon lies the district of Udham Singh Nagar which was a part of district Nainital before it gained the identity of a separate district in October 1995.

The district was named in memory of Late Shri Udham Singh who was a great freedom fighter and who killed General Dyre after the brutal Jaliyanwala Bagh massacre.

The district comprises of three main sub divisions Rudrapur, Kashipur and Khatima and is surrounded by the exotic Himalayan ranges.

General Information
Area: 1989 acre.
Altitude: 550mts.
Population: 61,280 ( Only town area, as per 1991 census)
Season: Round the year.
Clothing: Summer -Light cotton & in Winter - Woolen
Languages: Punjabi, Hindi & English

Pilgrimage
Atariya Temple
At a distance of 2 kms. from the bus stand and half a kilometer away from the Rudrapur - Haldwani motor route, is situated the famous temple of Atariya. Every year during the occasion of 'Navratras' a large fair is held here and thousands of devotees come to seek the blessings of Goddess Atariya. The fair is held for 10 days.

Nanak Matta
Situated at a distance of 56 kms. from Rudrapur on Rudrapur-Tanakpur motor route, Nanakmatta is a great pilgrimage centre of the Sikh religion. Guru Nanak visited this place. Thousands of pilgrims come here throughout the year.

Purnagiri
Situated at a distance of 21 kms. from Tanakpur the Purnagiri temple is a famous 'Shaktipeeth'. All over the year the temple is crowded with pilgrims who come to seek the blessings of the Goddess. The surroundings valley echoes with holy chanting of mantras as the people climb up to the temple, creating an atmosphere of spiritual charm.

Chaiti Temple
At a distance of 2.5 kms. from Kashipur bus stand on the Kashipur-Bajpur route, is situated the widely known temple of Chaiti Devi, Every year in the month of March during 'Navratras' a grand fair is held here and lakhs of pilgrims come here to worship the Goddess from various places.

Fairs and Festivals

Tharuwat Buxad Mahotsav

This fair is organised during December every year. A number of cultural events reflecting rich culture and traditions of Tharu and Buxad tribes, are organised on this occasion. Folk dances, handicrafts are the main attractions of this fair.

Ataria Fair
This fair is organised during March- April every year at Ataria during Navratras. The fair is marked by great festivities. Folk dances and local handicrafts are the main attractions of this fair.

Chaiti Fair
This fair takes place at Chaiti in Kashipur during Vasant Navratras. A large number of people including those from farflung areas participate in this fair.

Terai Utsav
An attractive fair is organised at Rudrapur to reflect the diversity of the culture and traditions of the people living in the Terai area.

Excursions

Kashipur

Kashipur was known as Govishan during the time of harsha (606-647 AD), when Yuan-Chwang (631-641 AD) visited this region. The ruins of the large settlement of those days are still to be seen near the city. Kashipur is named after Kashinath Adhikari, the founder of the township and one of the officers of the Chand rulers of Kumaon in the middle age.

Poet Gumani has written a poem on this town. Girital and Drona sagar are well known spots and are associated with the story of the Pandavas. The Chaiti mela is the best known fair of Kashipur. Today Kashipur is an important industrial township. In autumn (after monsoon) one can see the snowclad peaks of Trishul and its surroundings.

Accessibility
Air:
Nearest Airport - Pant Nagar,11kms
Rail: Udham Singh Nagar (Rudrapur) is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow and Calcutta by direct broad gauge line.
Road: Udham Singh Nagar (Rudrapur) is well connected to important towns & cities of the country and nearby area.

Distance in Km

Delhi - 254kms, Agra - 301kms., Lucknow - 343kms., Faizabad - 473kms., Ayodhya - 481kms., Gorakhpur - 620kms., Kashipur - 56kms., Tanakpur - 101kms., Haridwar - 228kms. & Dehradun - 285kms



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