Chamoli is a district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is bounded by the Tibet region to the north, and by the Uttarakhand districts of Pithoragarh and Bageshwar to the east, Almora to the south, Garhwal to the southwest, Rudraprayag to the west, and Uttarkashi to the northwest. The administrative headquarters of the district is Gopeshwar. Chamoli, the abode of Gods, reputed for its shrines and temples & birth place of 'Chipko Movement ' .Special Holidays with very attractive and discounted packages and hotel bookings.
Chamoli hosts a variety of destinations of pilgrim and tourists' interest. Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers and Auli to name a few.
The district is largely inhabited by Tibetans of the Bhotiya ethnic group who adhere to Hinduism.
Places to Visit in Chamoli:
Badrinath : Badrinath, Protected by two mountain ranges 'Nar' and 'Narayan' on either sides is the holiest of pilgrimage place of Hindus, Badrinath. With Neelkanth peak forming a beautiful backdrop, Badrinath, the abode of Lord Vishnu is in the itinerary of every devout Hindu. It is one of the four pilgrimage places called Chardham which every Hindu must undertake to attain salvation. The place is called Badrinath because of the wild berries found here ('badri' means berries). The Badrinath temple here is the main complex where devotees seek blessings. Every year thousands and thousands of pilgrims pay a visit to this place in summers, since due to snowfalls, the temple remains closed during winters. At an altitude of 3,133 metres, it is a difficult journey to this place yet faith defies every hurdle on the journey to salvation. The temple stands facing River Alaknanda on its banks. Facing the temple near the river is Tapt Kund, a thermal spring where people refresh before going to the temple.
Other Attraction Of Badrinath:
These are the natural thermal springs on the bank of Alaknanda River where pilgrims refresh before visiting the temple. Believed to be infused with medicinal properties, Tapt Kund is also considered to be holy expereince. Tour Incredible India with Indian Travel agent.
This is a flat platform on the bank of river Ganga where devotees perform rites of their deceased ancestors.
Sheshnaga is a legendary character in the Hindu myhtological epics and tales of Lord Krishna. The palce has a boulder on which an impression is believed to be of the eye of this mighty serpent, netra in Hindi means eye.
It is a beautiful meadow on which footprints of Lord Vishnu are visible.
These are the pyramid shaped snow capped peaks which form the beautiful background to the temple of
Nanda Devi National Park : Three hundred kilometres north east of Delhi is Nanda Devi National Park. It lies in the vicinity of Nanda Devi Peak which is the second highest peak in India and very tough to climb. Nanda Devi National Park lies in the Upper Himalayas in the Chamoli district in the Garhwal division of Uttaranchal.
Hemkund Sahib : Hemkund or the 'Snow Lake' nestles at a height of 4329 m. amidst seven snow-covered mountains, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. The sacred star shaped gurudwara near the lake is one of the most important Sikh pilgrim centre and is visited by large number of Sikhs and Hindus from all over the world.
It is believed that Guru Govind Singh ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs meditated over here.
The Panch Prayag:
The five prayags are VishnuPrayag, NandPrayag, KarnaPrayag, RudraPrayag and DevPrayag, of which three are in Chamoli district.
1.Devprayag: It is the confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi and is famous for temples and river GHATS. It is believed that it was at DevPrayag where lord Vishnu begged for 3 steps of land from King Bali. Fairs are held on the occasion of Ramnavmi, Dussherra and Basant Panchami.
2.Vishnuprayag : It is the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli Ganga Rivers at 6000 feet above sea level. Joshimath is just 12 kms from Vishnuprayag.
3.Nandaprayag: It is the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, about 21 kms from Karnaprayag, on the main route to Badrinath. The famous Gopalji temple is situated here. NandaPrayag hosts fair on the occasion of Baisakhi and Janmasthami.
4.Karnaprayag: It is situated on the sacred confluence of Alaknanda and Pindari rivers and is known for the Karna Temple and the Uma Devi Temple. It is believed that Lord Surya gifted Kavatch, Kundal and Tuneer to Karna at KarnaPrayag . Incredible India Tours with Indian Travel agent.
5.Rudrapragay: It is the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers and is well known for LaxmiNarayan and Durga temples. In the north of RudraPrayag is Koteshwar where millions of Shivlings are believed to exist. Huge fair is hosted every year on the day on Mahashivratri. RudraPrayag is 32 kms from KarnaPrayag.
Joshimath : This important temple town is an important halt enroute to Badrinath and base for trekkers to the famous Valley of Flowers. It is said that Adi Shankaracharya gained enlightment here. Main attractions are - Narsingh and Garuda temple, the Shankracharya Math and amar kalp tree. During winters the head priest of Badrinath reside and carry on their pujas here.
Auli : This world-class winter games resort is 16 kms from Joshimath. The winter resort is run efficiently by Garhwal Mandai Vikas Nigam (GMVN), which provides equipm~nts as well as training to skiiers. The 3 kms long slope ranging from a height of 2519 mts. to 3049 mts. is a major attraction. There is a 500 mts. long ski-lift which carries skiiers back to the slope top. The best season is from last week of Dec. to Mar.
It is just three kilometres from Auli. Gurso is a huge beautiful meadow spread out and blessed with picture like beauty by nature. The place has mixed forest type, oak and conifer, and is 3056 metres above the sea level.
Skiing is the major tourist attraction. Auli skiing resort was set up here by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam to promote Auli as a skiing destination. With a vertical drop of 500 metres and snow fields inviting skiers from all over the country, Auli has emerged as a major skiing destination. All the facilities for skiing are available here on hire. You just have to be here to enjoy the fun. Not just that, for people interested in skiing but do not know how to begin with, GMVN organises skiing courses here, ranging from 2 days to 14 days.
Valley of Flowers : Valley of flowers was well protected and hidden from the world, only the locals frequented the place. It was in as late as 1931 that the place was discovered by Frank Smith, a mountaineer, botanist and an explorer who came across this valley accidentally. He introduced the place to world. He was so enchanted by the place which at that time was in its full bloom that he wrote a book here 'Valley of Flowers'. The book further popularised the place. Special Holidays with very attractive and discounted packages and hotel bookings.
The valley is bounded by peaks from all sides and an area of 8,950 hectares here was declared a National park in September 1982. It was only in July 2005 that the valley was added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The valley is so significant because of the rich diversified flora it has in its bounds. The valley itself is located at a transition point of Zanskar and Himalayan ranges and Eastern and Western Himalayas. This results in bringing together a rich diversified flora at one place, several of the flower species found here are internationally endangered. There are also many endangered medicinal plants here.