Insignia of Sacred Confluence
The Garhwal Himalayas is regarded as one of the finest creations of the Mother Nature and the whole place is blessed by an inexplicable notion of spiritualism. Even if you are not a spiritualist even so this place is going to attract the people at large just because of its astounding scenic beauty. My visit to Haldwani, one of the most populated towns in the northern state of Uttaranchal in India was a part of an eternal quest of the confluence of nature and spiritualism. The very place is also known as the "Gateway of Kumaon". The greatest significance of Haldwani is its presence as one of the five sacred confluences in the hills and in addition the site is highly acclaimed as a perfect blend of natural forces as well as spiritual forces. My humble advice is that there is the need of spiritualism in every life, of whatever form may be, but to ascertain it deeply you must visit very site since it essentially marks the beginning of the sacred Ganges River. It is at an elevation of 2265 ft. on the slope of a hill and a stoppage of the 'pandas' of the Badrinath Dham. There is also the presence of a metallic road running from Rishikesh to Badrinath and is at a distance of 87 km from Narendra Nagar. On each year large contingents of pilgrims set out on tour to Haldwani.
There are several attractions in and around Haldwani. From the beginning I was sure to touch the sacred abode or temple of Raghunathji, the shrine is believed to be built at least ten thousand years ago by gigantic un-cemented stones. It is one of the chief destinations of the site and the entire stands at the top of a terrace in the upper part of Haldwani town attracting numerous devotees for centuries. There are also site of attraction that include Dasharathachal Peak, portraying a peak known as Dashrathshila supposed to be the site of Raja Dasharath when hue used to led a life of penance.
In respect of rail connection the nearest station is Kathgodam and is terms of road Haldwani/Kathgodam is connected to National Highway No. 87. and regular buses ply on road running from Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Haridwar and Lucknow.