About DugaddaDugadda is a city and municipal board in Pauri Garwhal district of the state of Uttarakhand. The headquarters of the district are at Pauri. The district encompassed an approximate area of 5200 sq. km. It is divided into 9 tehsils and 15 development blocks.
This small picture perfect town is a great getaway destination from the concrete mesh. Surrounded by lush green forests and magnificent Himalayas in the distance, Dugadda is a great place for rejuvenating and spending quality time with friends and family. Dugadda is surrounded by Ekeshwar Tehsil, Riknikhal Tehsil, Yamkeshwar Tehsil and Pokhra Tehsil. The nearby cities include – Kotdwar, Najibabd and Lansdowne. Dugadda is certainly one of the hidden gems of the region. It is serene, calm and very beautiful.
Kotdwar, which literally translates to the door to Garwhal has become the hub of all activity in the region. But before the emergence of Kotdwar, Dugadda was the commercial center. Kotdwar got connected to other parts of the state via railways in 1953 and ever since it started developing. In the past decade there has been tremendous growth and development.
Geography and Weather of DugaddaDugadda is located at 29.80°N 78.62°E and has an average elevation of about 932m above sea level.
Summers commence in March and continue till the end of June. The temperature ranges from 32 to 36 degree Celsius. Post summers, it is time for monsoons from July to end of September. October to February is winter season. The temperature ranges between 10 and 15 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Dugadda and the neighboring region is from September to March.
Demographics of DugaddaAccording to 2001 census, the total population of Dugadda was recorded to be 2690. 54% of the population constitute male, while 43% of the population constitute females. The average literacy rate was 78%, way higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy rate was 82% and female literacy rate was 74%. In Dugadda 13% of the total population was below the age of 6 years. The official language is Hindi, but the most commonly spoken language in the region is Garhwali.
Tourist Attractions around Dugadda
Durga Devi TempleLocated just 11km from Kotdwar town on Dugadda Road is the beautiful Durga Devi Temple. Durga Devi Temple is one of the most popular temples in the region. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is situated on a magnificent hill. The temple is very popular among locals and attracts a lot of devotees each year. It is believed that if you worship with true dedication and devotion, Maa Durga would grant your wish. Devotees also tie red colored chunari at the temple. There is a small cave with a shivling at the temple.
KotdwarLocated at a distance of about 14.4km from Dugadda is Kotdwar. Kotdwar is a perfect blend of traditional and modern. It is still connected to its roots and gives insights into Garhwali culture and traditions.
If you are in or around Kotdwar, don’t miss these tourist attractions.
- Medanpuri Devi Temple
- Bhulla Lake
- Koteshwar Mahadev
Lansdowne is located just 25 km from Dugadda and it is a spectacular place to be. Give your romance a new high or sit back and soak in the cozy mountain feel, Lansdowne will never disappoint you.
Some of the most popular places to see in and around Lansdowne include the following –
- Garhal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
- St. Mary’s Church
- Bhulla Tal
- Tip In Top
HaridwarHaridwar which literally translates to ‘Gateway to God’ is one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus. The beautiful evening arrti at the banks of Ganges River is a sight not to be missed. The distance from Dugadda to Haridwar is 80.5km via NH 119 and NH 74.
When in Haridwar don’t miss visiting the following places –
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Har ki Pauri
- Chandi Devi Temple
- Daksha Maahadev Temple
- Rajaji National Park
- Parad Shivling
PauriWhether it is the majestic Himalayas, the stretches of Rhododendron and Pine forests or array of temples, there is something for everyone in Pauri. It is located at 91.7km from Dugadda via NH 119 and would be a great destination for a short trip.
Some of the most popular places to visit in and around Pauri town are –
- Kyunkaleshwar Temple
- Kandoliya Temple
- Nag Dev Mandir
- Jwalpa Devi Temple
- Methodist Church
RishikeshThink of white water rafting in north India, and the first name that comes to mind is Rishikesh. It is a favorite among both domestic and international tourists. Rishikesh is located 109.3 km from Dugadda. The best way to reach Rishikesh from Dugadda is via taxi or state run buses. Tourists can enjoy rafting, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, cliff jumoing, trekking, kayaking, meditation, yoga, and nature walks in Rishikesh. It is a great destination for nature admirers, solace seekers and photographers.
The top tourist attractions in and around Rishikesh are –
- Laxman Jhula
- Jumpin Height
- Triveni Ghat
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
- Beatles Ashram
- Ram Jhula
How to Reach DugaddaBy Road
Dugadda is well connected to major cities in the state and neighboring states. Hiring a taxi or travelling through sate run bus service is safe and convenient. Travelers can also reach Dugadda via NH 119 through their private vehicles as well. Buses to Dugadda are available from ISBT.
The nearest railway station to Dugadda is at Kotdwara, about 15km. Kotdwar is well connected to other major cities of the state. There are regular trains to Kotdwar from all major destinations across North India. Travelers can also reach Dugadda from Rishikesh station which is situated at a distance of about 109.3 km from Dugadda.
The nearest airport to Dugadda is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun at a distance of about 88km. One can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Dugadda.
- Lansdowne to Dugadda - 25km
- Kotdwar to Dugadda - 14.5 km
- Haridwar to Dugadda - 80.5km
- Corbett National Park to Dugadda - 108km
- Pauri to Dugadda - 91.7km
- Najibabad to Dugaadda - 38.8km
- Rishikesh to Dugadda - 109km
- Dehradun to Dugadda - 133.4 km
Fact File of Dugadda
- Tehsil - Dugadda
- District - Pauri Garhwal
- Official Language - Hindi
- Elevation - 932m
- STD Code - 01386
- Pin Code - 246127
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