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Kashipur [kaːʃiːpʊr] is a city of Udham Singh Nagar district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and one of its seven subdivisions. Located in the western part of Udham Singh Nagar district, it is Kumaun's third most populous city and the sixth most populous in Uttarakhand. According to the 2011 Census of India, the population is 121,623 for the city of Kashipur and 283,136 for Kashipur Tehsil.

Nagar Nigam
Hostel Campus of IIM Kashipur
Hostel Campus of IIM Kashipur
Nickname(s): उज्जैनी नगरी
Kashipur is located in Uttarakhand
Location within India and Uttarakhand
Kashipur is located in India
Kashipur (India)
Coordinates: 29°13′N 78°57′E / 29.22°N 78.95°E / 29.22; 78.95Coordinates: 29°13′N 78°57′E / 29.22°N 78.95°E / 29.22; 78.95
Country India
State Uttarakhand
District Udham Singh Nagar
 • Type Municipal Corporation
 • Body Kashipur Municipal Corporation
 • Mayor Usha Chaudhary (Independent politician)
 • Total 5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Elevation 218 m (715 ft)
 • Total 121,623 (388th)
 • Density 22,275.2/km2 (57,693/sq mi)
 • Official

Hindi (Kumaoni

Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 244713
Telephone code 915947
Vehicle registration UK18
Sex ratio 911 /

Historically part of Kumaun, Kashipur is named after Kashinath Adhikari, the founder of the township and governor of the pargana, one of the officers of the Chand Kings of Kumaun in the 16th and 17th centuries.[1] Kashipur remained under the rule of Chand Kings until the latter half of eighteenth century until Nand Ram, the then governor of Kashipur, became practically independent.

Kashipur was ceded to British in 1801, after which, it played a major role in the conquest of Kumaon during the Anglo-Gorkha war in 1815.[2] After Kumaun was ceded to the British under the Treaty of Sugauli, Kashipur became the headquarters of Terai district in the Kumaon division. The Municipality of Kashipur was established in 1872, and was upgraded to a Municipal Corporation on 26 January 2013.[3]



Vishnu Trivikrama, an 11th-century Pratihara stone sculpture from Kashipur
Ruins of the ancient city of Govisana

Kashipur was known as Govishana, during the time of Harsha (606–647 AD). The ruins of the large settlement of those days can be still seen near the city.[4] The famous Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang also travelled the city in the 7th century.[5]:174 He described it as "The Capital was 15 li in circuit. Its position was lofty, and of difficult access, and it was surronded by groves, tanks and fishponds".[6] Kashipur is believed to have a good historic trade of clothes and metal vessels.

The modern town of Kashipur was founded by Kashinath Adhikari, the governor of Tarai under King Devi Chand of Champawat. The exact date of the foundation of the town is disputed, several historians having expressed their own views on the matter. Bishop Heber, in his book Travels in India wrote that Kashipur was founded by a deity named Kashi 5000 years back (approx 3176 BC).[5]:175[7] Sir Alexander Cunningham invalidated his views in his book, The Ancient Geography of India, in which he wrote "the good bishop was grossly deceived by his informant, as it is well known that the town is a modern one, it having been built about AD 1718 by kashi-nath, a follower of Raja Devi-Chandra of Champawat in Kumaon".[8]:357–358 Badri Datt Pandey in his book Kumaun Ka Itihaas, contradicting Cunningham's views, claimed the town to be founded in 1639.[9]:41 Kashipur remained under the rule of Chand Kings until the latter half of eighteenth century until Nand Ram the governor of Kashipur became practically Independent and established his kingdom at Kashipur.

When the British arrived in Kumaun at the end of the 18th century AD, Kashipur was ruled by King Shib Lal, the second King of Kashipur. Kashipur was ceded to the British by Shib Lal in 1801 after which it became a revenue division. Bishop Heber visited here during his travel to Almora in November 1824.[10] Heber described Kashipur as a "famous place of Hindu Pilgrimage".[7] On 10 July 1837, Kashipur was included in the Moradabad district.[9]:445 The revenue divisions of muradabad district were rearranged in 1944 following which Bajpur, Kashipur and Jaspur were rearranged into one pargana named as Kashipur.[11] Bajpur was brought under Tarai district in 1859 followed by Kashipur in October 1870.[11] Kashipur was later made the headquarters of Tarai district in the Ceded and Conquered Provinces.


The Dronasagar Lake during sunrise

At 29°13′N 78°57′E / 29.22°N 78.95°E / 29.22; 78.95,[12] and 180 kilometres (110 mi) northwest of New Delhi,[13] Kashipur is located in the south-west of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in the Terai – an area of relatively low-lying land, ranging between 500 and 1,000 feet (150 and 300 metres) above sea level and crossed by Kumaun's main north-south watershed between the basins of the Rivers Ramganga and Kosi. To the north of the city lies the Bhabar tract of Ramnagar, which separates the area from Shivalik Hills. Kashipur is drained only by minor rivers and lakes, primarily by Dhela river, a tributary of River Ramganga.[14][15] Several rivers and stream cross the region transversely and leave their deposit making the land fertile. However, these also dissect the region which renders it unfit for agriculture. Kosi is the master stream flowing in the western part with its broad course from north to south.



Geologically, Kashipur is dominated by the Terai tract, which runs horizontally through the city from Jaspur in the west, passing through the city center, to Bajpur and Rudrapur in the east. Terai formation consists of clays, sandy clays, fine to medium sand and occasional gravels.[16]:14 In this formation there is a dominance of clayey successions over sandy horizons.[16]:14 There are damp and marshy tracts in places. It is the zone of seepage where fine sand, silt and clay are deposited by the emerging streams. Almost level and fertile soil along with high water table has rendered the belt useful. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the town falls under seismic zone 4, in a scale of 2 to 5 (in order of increasing vulnerability to earthquakes).[17][18]:27


Clouds hovering over the city

Kashipur has a humid subtropical climate, like much of the Indo-Gangetic Plains to its south, with average maximum temperatures in summer (June) being around 31.6 °C (88.9 °F); and in winter (January) around 14.5 °C (58.1 °F).[19] The driest month is November, with 5 mm of rain. With an average of 374 mm, the most precipitation falls in July.[19] There is a difference of 369 mm of precipitation between the driest and wettest months.[19] During the year, the average temperatures vary by 17.1 °C. The main seasons are summer from March to June, the monsoon season from July to November and winter from December to February.[18]:13

The climate of Kashipur is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. In summer, Kashipur is largely under the influence of moist, maritime airflow from the western side of the subtropical anticyclonic cells over low-latitude ocean waters. Temperatures are high and can lead to warm, oppressive nights.[18]:13 Summers are usually somewhat wetter than winters, with much of the rainfall coming from convectional thunderstorm activity; tropical cyclones also enhance warm-season rainfall in some regions.[18]:13 The coldest month is usually quite mild, although frosts are not uncommon, and winter precipitation is derived primarily from frontal cyclones along the polar front. The Köppen climate classification subtype for this climate is "cwa".[19]

Climate data for Kashipur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.5
Average low °C (°F) 8.2
Average rainfall mm (inches) 43


Year Pop. ±%
1871 13,113 —    
1881 14,667 +11.9%
1891 14,717 +0.3%
1901 12,023 −18.3%
1911 12,773 +6.2%
1921 10,576 −17.2%
1931 11,276 +6.6%
1941 13,223 +17.3%
1951 16,597 +25.5%
1961 24,258 +46.2%
1971 33,457 +37.9%
1981 51,773 +54.7%
1991 69,870 +35.0%
2001 92,967 +33.1%
2011 121,623 +30.8%
Source: 1871, 1881 – The Imperial Gazetteer of India[20]:82
1891 – Kumaun Ka Itihaas by B.D. Pandey[9]:116
1901–2011 – District Census Handbook: Udham Singh Nagar[21]:369

As per provisional data of 2011 census Kashipur had a population of 121,623 roughly equal to the nation of Kiribati,[22] out of which males were 63,625 and females were 57,985. Since 2001, the population has grown by 28,656, or 30.8%.[23][24] The population density is 57,693 inhabitants per square mile (22,275/km²) compared to the 490 inhabitants per square mile (189/km²) for Uttarakhand. In 1881, Kashipur had a population of around 14,000 people. By 1981, this had increased to 50,000 as a result of hill people migrating to the area in search of jobs and education.

Population of children with age of 0–6 is 14835 which is 12.20% of the total population of Kashipur. In Kashipur, the female sex ratio is 912 against the state average of 963. The child sex ratio in Kashipur is around 862 compared to the Uttarakhand state average of 890. The literacy rate of Kashipur city is 82.45%, higher than the state average of 78.82%. In Kashipur, male literacy is around 86.88% while female literacy is 77.63%.

Religion in Kashipur (2011)[25]

Hinduism is the largest religion within Kashipur, with 62.37% of residents identifying as Hindus in the 2011 Census. The city's religious profile is highly diverse, Kashipur has a large number of people from Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities. Islam is second most popular religion in city of Kashipur with approximately 35.06% following it. In Kashipur city, Christianity is followed by 0.34%, Jainism by 0.11%, Sikhism by 1.87% and Buddhism by 1.87%. Approximately 0.25% of the population were either atheists or followed 'no particular religion'. The major language spoken in the city is Hindi with a Kumaoni influence.

The Kashipur Tehsil had a population of 283,136 in 2011.[26] In addition to Kashipur itself, the tehsil includes the towns of Mahua Kheraganj and Kachnal Gosain, along with 73 other villages.[27]

Government and politicsEdit

The Kashipur Nagar Nigam (Kashipur Municipal Corporation) is in charge of the civic administration of the city.[28] It was formed in 2013, by upgradation of the erstwhile Kashipur Nagar Palika Parishad. The Municipality of Kashipur was constituted in 1872.[29] Kashipur is divided into 20 wards for election purposes.[30] The Kashipur Nagar Nigam is run by a city council composed of 20 Councillors, representing each of the wards of the city. Elections to the council are held once every five years, with results being decided by popular vote. Members contesting elections to the council usually represent one or more of the state's political parties. The mayor is also elected from among the elected members of the council; the seat being reserved for a female belonging to the Other Backward Class.[31] Elections to the Kashipur Nagar Nigam were held in 2013, and Usha Chaudhary, an Independent politician was voted into power. Chaudhary defeated Ruksana Ansari from Congress by 7418 votes.[32]


Agriculture is the main economic activity in the region. Fertile land, coupled with water availability, makes the region an intensively cropped area. Apart from Rice and Wheat, major produces are sugarcane, mango, guava, jamun, jack fruit and litchi. Large number of farmers in this region are actually settlers from outside, having land holdings in excess of five acres. government has allotted agricultural plots to refugees around Garhi Negi village and to the hill people at Maldhan village.

Historically, Industrial activities in the region were very small scale and agriculture based. Later, with administrative encouragement and support, rapid industrial development took place around Kashipur town. About 603 industrial units were functioning in the town, as reported by the Kashipur 2011 Master Plan. These included 163 Cottage industries, 415 small scale industries, and 25 medium (or large) Industries. Industrial development coupled with rich agricultural cash crops practices made this area more prosperous, relative to other parts of Kumaon region.

The region accounts for almost 50% of the medium and large scale industries in the district. Major Industrial units, mostly located on Kashipur-Thakurdwara road, include Surya Roshini Limited (Bulbs and Tubes), India Glycols limited, Kashi Vishwanath Steels limited, Jindal Solvents extraction limited, DSM Sugar mills limited, Naini Papers limited, SRF limited and Shriram extraction private limited etc. Large industrial houses such as Flexituff International Ltd, IGL, HCL Technologies, Videocon, Pasupati Arcylon Limited etc. also have branch establishments in the city. Kashipur is becoming a thriving industrial center, as the city is suited for industrial park projects with cost of living compared to metros. Because of cheap and abundant raw materials available, several paper and sugar mills already have a presence in the city.


Shree Bheem Shankar Moteshwar Mahadev Mandir

Tourist attractionsEdit

Major tourist attractions in the city include:

  • Drona Sagar Lake
  • Shree Moteshwar Mahadev Mandir
  • Maa Balsundari Mandir
  • Chaiti Mela
  • Gurudwara Shri Nankana Sahib
  • Tumaria Dam
  • Giri Sarovar
  • Arya Samaj Mandir


Kashipur is a major transport hub in Uttarakhand, acting as a gateway for the cities of Ranikhet, Pauri and Gairsain. The city is served by the National Highways NH 309 and NH 734. The NH 734 (formerly NH 74) connects to Najibabad via Jaspur and Nagina,[33] while the NH 309 connects Kashipur to Rudrapur in the east, and the cities of Ramnagar and Srinagar to the north.

Pantnagar Airport (IATA: PGH, ICAO: VIPT),[34] located 72 kilometres (45 mi) east of the city in the University town of Pantnagar, is the only major airport in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It has a single runway, which is 4,500 feet (1,400 m) in length and is capable of handling a turboprop aircraft.[35] Airline services exist to Delhi and Dehradun.[36] The nearest international airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi which is 214 kilometres (133 mi) away.

Kashipur Junction railway station (KPV) is connected to Ramnagar, Kathgodam, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Agra, Jaisalmer, Haridwar and Delhi by rail network. Kashipur Railway Station is under the administrative control of the Izzatnagar division of the North Eastern Railway zone of the Indian Railways which currently serves the city. Several new Rail links have been planned for the city. The Kashipur-Najibabad rail line has been surveyed by Indian Railways.[37][38] This line would be used to connect Tanakpur with Dehradun.[39] Another important line is the Ramnagar-Chaukhutia rail link, which will be critical in bringing Gairsain to the rail network.[40]

Local public transport in Kashipur is co-ordinated by Uttarakhand Transport Corporation. Inter-City Bus routes are mainly operated from the Kashipur Bus Station by UTC, UPSRTC K.M.O.U and G.M.O.U, though there are several other, smaller registered bus companies. Auto rickshaws serve during the fairs and fates in large numbers. E-Rickshaws, also known as Mini Metro, have now established themselves as the leading source of travelling within the city.


Kashipur is home to four colleges affiliated to the Kumaun University, Nainital: Radhey Hari Government P.G. College, Chandrawati Tewari Girls P. G. College, Sriram Institute of Management and Technology and Kashipur college of Education.[41][42] The city also hosts the campus of an Indian Institute of Management.

The Indian Institute of Management Kashipur,[43] also known as IIM Kashipur, is a public business school located in the Escorts Farm area of the city. It is one of the thirteen Indian Institutes of Managements the government has set up during the Eleventh Five-year Plan.[44] The foundation stone was laid by the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on 29 April 2011.[45][46]

As of 2011, Kashipur had a total of 88 Government financed educational institutions, consisting of 48 Primary Schools, 21 middle schools, 9 secondary schools, 9 senior secondary schools and 1 degree college.[21]:375 Schools in Kashipur are run by the state government or private organisations, many of which are religious. Hindi and English are the primary languages of instruction. Schools in Kashipur follow the "10+2+3" plan. After completing their secondary education, students typically enroll in Inter Colleges that have a higher secondary facility and are affiliated with the ICSE, the CBSE or the UBSE.[47] They usually choose a focus on liberal arts, business, or science.

Major schools and colleges in Kashipur include Rajputana college, Shemford Futuristic School, Army Public School, The Gurukul school, Krishna Public Collegiate, Gyanarthi Media College, Delhi Public School, Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Kendriya vidyalaya, Little Scholars School, Maria Assumpta Convent School, Samar Study Hall, St. Mary School, Templeton College, Tularam Rajaram Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College, Vision Valley School, Udayraj Hindu Inter College and Roots Public School.

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