Chamoli is a district that comes under Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state set at an elevation of 960mts above sea level. Chamoli and its nearby region offer splendid vistas of nature’s beauty. Chamoli region is surrounded by the Tibet region to the north and districts of Kumaon region like Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Almora. Chamoli is connected with Pauri Garhwal, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts of Garhwal region. The administrative headquarters of Chamoli district is situated in Gopeshwar. Chamoli is a divine place because there are several pilgrim destinations here of different gods. Chamoli has successfully tempted tourists and adventure lovers providing ample adventure sports facilities. Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers and Auli are the popular destinations of Chamoli District.
During winters the climate of Chamoli is very cold and pleasant during summers. The holy Panch Badri temples of Lord Vishnu are situated in the Chamoli district. The place reverberates with spirituality and is strongly associated with the hindu mythology and legends. It is believed that Hanuman found the Sanjeevani herb here to revive the unconscious Laxman. Ved Vyas composed his immortal and legendary epic, the Mahabharata here. Guru Gobind Singh is also believed to have meditated here at Hemkund saheb. Chamoli is untouched and unaffected by the pollution and incoherence of urban life.
Location of Chamoli
Chamoli is a district situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state surrounded by Tibet in North, and seven other districts of Uttarakhand. Chamoli is situated in the heart of Uttarakhand state at an elevation of 960mts above sea level. Chamoli is located 448kms from Delhi, 228kms from Nainital and 207kms from Rishikesh. Chamoli is set around Alaknanda River with forest on the backdrop.
Places to see in Chamoli
Badrinath : Badrinath is set at an altitude of 3,133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu and the temple was established in the 9th century by Adi Shankaracharya. Badrinath Temple is the main attraction of the town and it is visited by every tourist. The temple has a height of approximately 15mts with the top covered with a gold gilt roof. The temple is situated on the right bank of the sacred Alaknanda River with the colorful ‘Singh-Dwara’ at the entrance. The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.
Hemkund Sahib: Hemkund Saheb is the place where Guru Govind Singhji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs mediated for years. The word Hemkund means 'Lake of snow', the water of this lake is as cold as snow and the water is pristine. Devotees take holy dip in the sacred water of this lake. Hemkund Saheb is nestled at an altitude of 4329mts above sea level amidst several snow clad peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. Along with the sacred star shaped gurudwara near the lake, a temple dedicated to Lord Lakshman is also located here. To reach Hemkund Saheb one must complete a trek of 19km starting from from Govindghat. The best time to visit this place is from July to November.
Gopeshwar: The view of Gopeshwar from Chamoli is very picturesque. The town of Gopehswar is the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli district. There are many ancient temples here with great religious importance. The main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund and the splendid views of the Himalayas.
Chopta: Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of India. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years. Tungnath the highest temple of Lord Shiva is only 3.5kms away from here which should be covered on foot. Chopta is situated 64km from Rudraprayag.
Okhimath: Okhimath is an important destination in Rudraprayag district as it is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Rawal’s also live here in large numbers who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Okhimath is situated 40km from Rudraprayag. Snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range can be easily seen from here.
Auli: Auli is situated 29kms from Vishnuprayag. Auli is popular for skiing and paragliding. This tourist destination offers stupendous views of the snow clad peaks of the majestic Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath.
Nandprayag: It is situated at the confluence of sacred water of the Alaknanda River and Nandakini River. Nandprayag is situated at an altitude of 914mts and it is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River. Do visit Nand Temple and take a sacred bath in the pristine water of the Nandprayag. Nandprayag is situated 73km before Vishnuprayag.
Vishnuprayag Hydro Electricity Project: This project is owned by Jaypee Industries and is around 12kms in length. The project is capable of producing 400MW. Mutual understanding has been done between the government and Jaypee industries regarding consumption of energy and selling it. The project is located at Hanuman Chatti near Vishnuprayag.
Panch Kedar: Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar are five kedars and to reach upto them you should have to trek for at least 4kms. Tungnath is the highest Panch Kedar set at an elevation of 3680mts above sea level, but it is also easily accessible. Tungath is situated 4kms from road, Kedarnath is situate 14kms from road, trek to Madhyamaheshwer and Rudranath is of 22kms and kalpeshwar is 12kms away from motorable roads. Only kalpeshwar remains opened throughout the year amongst the five kedars.
Joshimath: Joshimath is one of the four ‘math’ created by Adi Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the home of Shri Badrinath during winters. Joshimath is connected with a cable car upto Auli and this is the longest and highest trolley of Asia.
Valley of Flowers: Valley of Flowers National Park can be reached by a trek of 16km from Govind Ghat. It is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50sqkms. The valley is entirely covered with the sheets of snow during winters and the flowers bloom here from June to October only. This place is rich in varied and unique flora and fauna. Valley of flowers national park is the home of many endangered animals like brown bear, black Asiatic bear, blue sheep and snow leopard. The valley of flowers was declared as the national park in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The valley of flowers is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers.
What to do in Chamoli
Enhance your photography skills by capturing pictures. Explore the pastoral life of the villages near Chamoli and travel to its nearby places and popular excursions. Walk in the woods. To adventure activities like paragliding, trekking and mountaineering.
Accomodations Hotels in Chamoli
GMVN rest houses is the best option to stay at Chamoli, you can also stay in lodges there. Other good hotels in the Chamoli district are available at Gopeshwar, Joshimath and Auli.
Best time to visit Chamoli
Chamoli is visited by tourists throughout the year. Even though the monsoon offers beautiful greenery, people try to avoid this season because of the chances of blocking and breaking of roads due to landslides. During winters the region is blessed with snowfall. You can visit Chamoli throughout the year but try to avoid monsoons.
How to reach Chamoli
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport situated 228kms from Chamoli. Taxis are available from the airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway stations from Chamoli are Rishikesh and Kotdwara where Kotdwara is situated 235kms and Rishikesh is located 207kms from Chamoli.
Road: Chamoli district is very well connected by motorable roads from all the major towns of the Uttarakhand state like Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Ukhimath, Nainital, Rudraprayag etc. Taxis and buses are easily available to Chamoli. Chamoli is situated 448kms from Delhi and 207kms from Rishikesh.