Kashipur was known as Govishan during the time of Harsha (606-647 AD). The ruins of a large settlement of those days are still seen near the city. Kashipur is named after Kashinath Adhikari, the founder of township and one of the officers of the Chand rulers of the Kumaon in the middle age. Girital and Drona Sagar are well known spots and are associated with the story of Pandvas. Today Kashipur is an important industrial township. The Chaiti mela is the best-known fair of Kashipur. In autumn and after monsoon one can see the snow clad peaks of Trishul and it's surrounding.