Pauri is situated in the northern slopes of beautiful Kandoliya Hill Ranges of middle Himalayas, at the height of 1650 meters above the sea level. Pauri became the headquarter of the district Garhwal in 1840 A.D., and the headquarter of the Garhwal Division in 1969 A.D. A panoramic view of snow clad Himalayan peaks of Bander Pooch, Gangotri Group, Kedarnth, Chawkhamba, Neelkanth, Hathiparvat, Nandadevi and Trisul etc. can be seen from any point of the city.
Pauri city is well connected by roads to all the major places within & outside the district. The nearest railway terminus is at Kotdwar at a road distance of 108 km., and the nearest airport is Jollygrant, a place near to Deharadun at a distance of 155 km. via Rishikesh – Srinagar. Area of the city is about 5 sq. km. Total populations as per 2001 census is 24743,397 with 13,238 male population and 11,505 female population. The literacy percentage of the city is 90.2. Topography of the city is mountainous. The climate of the city is pleasant in summer, very cold in winter and heavy rainfall in monsoon.
The main temples of the city are Kandoliya Devta, Laxmi Narayan, Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev and Hanuman mandir. Every year, a ‘Bhandara’ is organized in the premises of the Temple of the Kandoliya Devta and thousands of people from Pauri and near by villages participate in it. The city is blessed with a number of picnic spots surrounded by ‘Deodar’ forests and filled with natural beauty viz. Ransi, Kandoliya, Nag Dev, Jhandi Dhar etc. The excursions from the city can be made to Khirsu, Adwani, Dewalgarh, Dhari Devi, Jwalpa Devi etc. Every year ‘Sharadotsav’ is celebrated in the city since 1974, in which different culture programmes and games are organized.
List of the peaks that can be sighted from Pauri is given below
||Bhagirathi I, II, III
||6856, 6512, 6454 mts. (respectively)
||Chaukhamba I, II, III
||Gangotri I, II, III