Kalagarh Town


Kalagarh is a small town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is located on the banks of the Ramganga River, which is also known as the Ganges of Kumaon.

Kalagarh has been mentioned in several Hindu scriptures and texts, such as Mahabharat and Ramayana.

It is located at an altitude of 248 m above sea level. It has a lot of attractions including natural beauty, adventure activities and cultural heritage.

Kalagarh elephant hospital

Kalagarh was originally called Kalaguru and it was founded in 1689 AD by Bhagwan Singh Bisht who was also known as “Guruji”.

Kalagarh has a population of around 3,000 people.

Kalagarh lies on the bank of the Ramganga River which flows through Kalagarh city and provides it with water for irrigation purposes. Kalagarh experiences an arid climate with hot summers and cool winters. The average annual rainfall is around.

Kalagarh dam
kalagarh dam

According to researchers, the Kalagarh region of Uttarakhand’s Pauri district can shed light on the evolution of primates, including early humans.
A researcher from the nearby Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology discovered a primate fossil in Kalagarh in 1983 that dates back 11 million years. A primate is a member of a group of mammals that includes early humans, apes, and monkeys.

Ramesh Kumar Sehgal, a scientist at the Wadia Institute, said, “We have asked the Anthropological Survey of India in Dehradun to include Kalagarh in their investigations so that details regarding the evolution of early primates can be discovered.” “This (Kalagarh) may be the ideal location in Uttarakhand to research the evolution of monkeys.”

ramganga dam
ramganga dam

Studies have been done in the Kalagarh region, which is a part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, and fossils have been unearthed. However, few research excursions have been performed in recent years, according to Sehgal.
Scientists from the Wadia Institute have also requested that the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) research at Ramnagar in Jammu and Kashmir because a 13 million-year-old fossil has been discovered there.

According to scientists from the Wadia Institute, studies will be carried out in Kalagarh and Ramnagar, according to ASI office head Harsh Vardhan.

According to Vardhan, the Kalagarh site may be significant for us because our research primarily focuses on social behaviour, environmental factors, and species evolution.

He mentioned that the Shivalik hills in the outer Himalayas are where ASI scientists have been gathering fossils. “They (fossils) are being investigated to learn more about the prehistoric environment and the species’ eating and behavioural routines.”

leopard in jim corbett national park
jim corbett national park kalagarh leopard

Motives to Visit Kalagarh

Kalagarh provides travellers with a different entry point (Kalagarh Range) into Corbett National Park because it is located between Ramnagar (Corbett) and Kotdwara (Lansdowne) (Open all through the year)
Due to its proximity to the Sonanadi area (home to 500+ bird species), Kalagarh is a top spot for bird watching.

Kalagarh Dam

The Ramganga Dam often referred to as the Kalagarh Dam, is an embankment dam on the Ramganga River in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India, three kilometres (two miles) upstream of Kalagarh. The Jim Corbett National Park contains it.

Distance from main cities

Pantnagar (115 km), Bareily (177 km), and Dehradun are the closest airports (192 km)
Nearby are Kashipur (51 km), Ramnagar (78 km), and Moradabad (94 km)


With a population of 31156, the Pauri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand contains the Pincode 246142 for Kalagarh. There are 15826 females and 15330 males, respectively, in the population. The area is around 549.08 square kilometres in size.

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Halduparao Forest Rest House

The 1890-built Halduparao Forest Rest House is 50 kilometres away from Kotdwara. After entering through the Vatanvasa gate, a 10-kilometre drive on a woodland road is required. It offers tourists a panoramic view of the river and the surrounding trees because it is at an elevation of 385 metres on the right bank of the Palain River. The FRH is older than a century. However, the new structure was created so that tourists may remain there. The entire area has impressive wilderness. Nearby to FRH is where the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden river) river runs. You may get a clear river view from the little watch tower on the FRH property. Most animals can be seen consuming liquids, gazing, and playing around the Palain (Sonanadi/Golden) river.

halduparao forest rest house
halduparao forest rest house old one

Mobile Network at Halduparao Forest Rest House

There is no cellphone network (Forest Department Wireless is available in case of emergency)

halduparao forest rest house
halduparao forest rest house New one

Electricity Facility at Halduparao Forest Rest House

Only solar light, typically utilised in the evenings, is powered by electricity.

How to Reach How to Halduparao Forest Rest House

Firstly you must reach Kotdwar city, which is well connected with a road and Train network from all major stations including the national capital Delhi. The Gypsy is mandatory to go to Halduparao FRH. However, you can take your vehicle to Vatanvasa Gate and park at the entry gate. Gypsy (Jeeps) are provided for transfer and jungle safari from Kotdwar city. Click on the below link for Gypsy booking.

Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park
Sonanadi zone of jim corbett national park

Both the Domunda Tourism Zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary in the area have FRHs. The Vatanvasa gate leads to Halduparao, the sole FRH in the Sonanadi Sanctuary. Within Corbett National Park is the FRH at Kanda. On the outskirts of the Sonanadi Sanctuary, the FRHs of Morghatti and Pakhro are accessible from Kalagarh and Kotdwar. The Domunda Tourism Zone of the CTR, which can be accessed via the Durgadevi gate ahead of Ramnagar, is home to the FRHs of Lohachaur, Rathuawadhab, and Mundiyapani. While Mohaan is 30 kilometres in advance of Ramnagar, the FRH of Kalagarh can be reached close to that city. Shiwalik Terai’s excellent forests, covering 301.18 sq km, are the home of Sonanadi Sanctuary. The name Sonanadi means “river of gold” in Arabic. Before the region was designated as a sanctuary, gold panning was done in the river.

machan at jim corbett national park

Halduparao Forest Rest House Booking

Halduparao Forest Rest House can be booked online and as well via an agent. This FRH can be booked 1 week before the visit and most of the time Saturday and Sunday are not available before 15 days also due to heavy demand on weekends.

jeep safari from vatanvasa gate
jeep safari from vatanvasa gate

Hi, I am Subhash Chaudhary I am a Youtuber who Record Videos Of Jim Corbett national park and jeep safari. you can also find the link of my youtube channel and video i recoded during my haldupurao frh night stay.

i went there from dehradun so i started my journey in the morning and reached vatanvasa gate of sonanadi wildlife sanctuary which is also a part of Jim cobett national park. there i met one jeep driver name sushil ji from near by local village called doundiyal village. he pick us and show permit at vatanvasa gate of jim corbett which leads towartds haldupurao FRH.

but before we start out journey to haldupurao i want to tell you we have purchased some rashan food for out dinner, lunch and breakfast as tourist have take there own raw materials to hand over it to the cook there at FRH. This happens only with few FRH inside jim cobett like mundiyapani, rathudhab, halduparao etc but not with DHIKALA FRH, bijrani or GAIRAL FRH.

we directly went to our halduparao frh and take some rest before we start out evening safari . we have done 3 hours of evening safari and also saw some elephant ground and all king of deers and birds.

and had such an amazing peaceful sleep as there is no disturbance but tiger roaring and night jar sound whole night from nearby forest.

next day we again take early morning jeep safari and than breakfast before we chack out from Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. after we get outside from park and reached back to doundiyal village where we get down from jeep. we suddenly start checking our mobile signals as we were without it since 2 days.

this trip was unforgettable and really a life time experience for us. i suggest you to have a look on my videos too and i you wish to book this night stay you can contact me also CLICK HERE TO CONTACT



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