Modern day Rudrapur town came into existence in the year 1960, as a refugee camp for people coming from Burma, West Punjab and specially Pakistan after the partition. Refugees were permitted here to settle by the Govt. of India. Having 500 years old rich history, Rudrapur is located at the Tarai region of Uttarakhand which boasts of people from all faiths and professions. Also known as the 'Gateway to Kumaon Hills', Rudrapur is the district headquarter of Udham Singh Nagar district. The town has become a hub of commerce in recent years.
In the contemporary times, it's one of the fastest developing and beautiful towns with all basic modern facilities. In vicinity of Nainital, this is one of the most prosperous towns of Uttarakhand. Rudrapur is an agriculture prime area with at least 70% of the population relying on farming and related business for livelihood. Rudrapur is also famous for its premium quality rice.
The industry majors like Dabur, Bajaj Auto, Britannia, Nestle, Ashok Leyland, Zhandu Pharma, and Tata Motors are setting up their base here and the town is all set to become an industrial hub in the times to come. Rudrapur has also become one of the major hubs for real estate development with large Real Estate giants like Omaxe and Alliance Nirmaan Limited having setup residential projects in Rudrapur. As per the 2010 census, Rudrapur had a total population of 1,88,720. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%.
Places of Interest in and around Rudrapur
The Atriya Temple
There are many tourist spots that can be visited in the city. The Atriya Temple that is located here, has many legends surrounding it and it is a popular tourist destination in the region. The folktale goes that when king "Rudra" was passing through, his chariot, got stuck into marshy land, so he decided to build a temple and well at that place. The very same temple is now known as Atariya temple, located at a distance of 2 kms. from the bus stand and half kilometer away from the Rudrapur-Haldwani motor route. Every year a large fair is held during the 'Navratras' when thousands of devotees congregate to seek the blessing of Goddess Atariya.
There are some monuments that age more than 500 years, are still surviving in and around the town and these may be a good option for sightseeing. The main attraction of the hill town is its rustic atmosphere and the peaceful environment. The town is surrounded by lush green hills and excellent scenery and there are many vantage points that are located in the place.
Chaiti Devi Temple
The Chaiti Devi Temple is another tourist site in the town and the temple is considered extremely sacred by the local population and is a must see site while visiting the place. The temple is situated at a distance of 2.5 km from Kashipur bus stand and lies between Kashipur and Bajpur. This temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims and devotees every year during the Navratri festival. Tourists can reach the temple through local buses and taxis available in plenty in the destination. Your visit to Rudrapur can be said incomplete if you don't have the darshana of Chaiti Devi.
The Giri Sarovar Lake
The Giri Sarovar Lake is also a popular place and it is located around 2 km from Kashipur Bus Stand. One can also visit the nearby hill station of Nainital that is located around 72km away. Giri Sarovar is located in the gateway of Kumaon hills, Udham Singh Nagar. Owing to the lake and peaceful atmosphere, this place has emerged as an ideal picnic spot. In addition to this, the weather conditions remain favourable throughout which makes the experience of this sarovar much more exciting. Tourists can reach this place through buses as it is only 2 km from Kashipur bus stand.
How to reach Rudrapur ?
Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar, 14 km from Rudrapur.
Rail: Trains plying from Dehradun to Kathgodam, Kathgodam to Howrah, Kathgodam to Delhi pass Rudrapur daily. Apart from this local trains run between Moradabad, Kashipur, Rudrapur and Lalkuan.
Road: Rudrapur is well connected by road through NH 74 (Delhi-Nainital Highway) and NH 87 (Khatima-Panipat Highway)