Friday, 19 August 2011

Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Also known as the Abode of Gods, Chamoli is a must visit for anybody who is stressed and needs a vacation. This place is a perfect destination for someone who is looking to unwind in the lap of nature, away from the maddening crowd. Two of the most important pilgrimages in India - Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib - are located in the Chamoli district. Chamoli is a visual delight with all the snow clad, sky touching mountains, the olive green grass, the dense forests and the right nip in the air. 

Chamoli is well connected to almost all the major cities in Uttarakhand through road. Chamoli rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with the spreading of the Chipko Movement. It is a place of nature lovers and tranquility seekers who come here in large numbers just to feel their souls in unison with Mother Nature.

Places to See:

Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi National Park along with the nearby Valley of Flowers was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Nanda Devi National Park is a forest reserve cum national park (established 1982) in the area surrounding the Nanda Devi peak and covers an area of 630.33 sq kms.

Also known as Auli Bugyal, Auli is a recently developed Ski resort to the Chamoli territory. Auli can be reached by road (by hiring a private taxi) or taking a ropeway from Joshimath. The months of January to March see the place covered in thick blankets of snow. This snow blanketed destination then becomes the perfect place for a Skiing holiday.


Gopeshwar, located at the elevation of 1, 308 m in Uttarakhand, is the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli District, famous especially for its pleasant weather and temples. Gopeshwar is surrounded by major Hindu Pilgrimage such as the Tungnath, Rudranath and Badrinath on its sides.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib is one of the holiest Gurudwaras in India. Hemkund Sahib is located at a very high altitude amidst snow clad gigantic Himalayan crests in Uttarakhand. Hemkund Sahib gets its name from the nearby Hemkund Lake.

Vasuki Tal

Located at an altitude of 14,200 ft, Vasuki Tal can be reached by an eight kms trek through the Vyas Gufa, Ganesh Gufa, Bhimpul and Vasudhara Falls. All these places are important in Hindu mythology and form a part of the Badrinath pilgrimage.


Joshimath is an ancient rest house cum praying hall established by Adi Shankaracharya. It is located at an elevation of about 6, 150 ft and 14 kms from Helang, a town on the way to Badrinath. 

Tapt Kund and Surya Kund

This place is the meeting point of two natural hot water Sulphur springs. Both have an innate temperature of 550 C . though they are supposed to purify the soul and body before reaching the temple, this train of thought probably originated in the various medicinal properties hot Sulphur springs have with them.


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