"The Gateway of Kumaon". It is one of the biggest business center of Uttarakhand, Haldwani (distt. Nainital ) is the last edge of the plains and Kathgodam is the last stop for rail travel.
Ealier, Haldwani was known as Haldu-Vani, the name was derived after the tree name "Haldu".The State Uttarakhand is carved out of Uttar Pradesh on 8th (Midnight 12:15) November 2000. Since then Haldwani (under district Nainital) is one of the major city of Uttarakhand. First Chief Minister was Shri Nityanand Swami in November 2001.
. Because of the increase in population, Haldwani is spreading through some sub-urban areas like Kusumkhera, Uncha Pul, Bithoria, Damuadhunga, Bhotia Parao, Kathgaria etc. The Gaula river that passes nearby is the major source of drinking water for the area. Haldwani at Ranibagh is Chitrashila Ghat, the venerable Hindu cremation ground.
The area is also notable through university of agriculture and technology called GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Sidcul (Pantnagar), and a newely made medical college Sushila Tiwari Memorial Hospital (Uttarakhand Forest Hospital Trust - UFHT). Haldwani is home to the schools which provide an exceptionally high standard of pre-college education, without the elitism and expenses associated with the residential hill schools of Uttarakhand.