City : Chamoli
Location : North India
Language : Garhwali, Hindi and English
Best Time to Visit : Round the year
Know About Chamoli
Chamoli shot to fame for the famous Chipko movement in 1970's and 80's. The place had however for long been visited year after year by nature lovers and pilgrims. Over the years, it has 'maintained' its scenery and the blessings of mother nature. Chamoli looks straight out of a fairy tale book. The mountainous terrain, a blooming flora, valleys and adventurous landforms, all these make Chamoli incredible. At an altitude of 926 metres, Chamoli stands as a beautiful landscape dotted with temples and shrines.
The place is yet to be touched by the rigours of modern city life, for now it rests calmly and peacefully untouched by the urban life. An all season place, summers are pleasant here but winters are quite chilling.
Chamoli is an important tourist spot for being associated with Lord Shiva.
Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are the primary places of importance in tour to Chamoli, the foremost shrine being Badrinath. Chamoli region is rich of natural beauty and has been a source of inspiration for great poets like Kalidas.
Chamoli is known for its historical, cultural and religious importance. Referred in the epic story Ramayana, Hanuman was believed to have found Sanjeevani herb from Chamoli.
It is also believed that the epic Mahabharata was written by Ved Vyas in Chamoli. On your tour to Chamoli, you should plan your trips to Badrinath, Hemkund Saheb, Panch Kedar and Panch Badri, the Valley of Flowers and Auli Bugyal.
Hemkund Sahib is a revered holy shrine of Sikhs, it is a high altitude lake. Guru Govind Singh, 10th Guru of Sikhs had come here and meditated on the banks of this lake. Hence it became a revered shrine of Sikhs. There is an imposing structure in the shape of star made stone. Sikhs believe that the inner core of Sikhs called Khalsa was introduced by Guru Govind Singh.
Nandaprayag is formed at the confluence of river Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, both tributaries of holy river Gangas. Many legends are associated with the place. It is believed that a dip in the water here clears one of all his sins.
AdiBadri is one of the incarnations of Badrinath only. Its a group of 16 ancient temples around 16 kilometres fromn Karnaprayag. The temples date back to the Gupta Dynasty and were restored and sanctioned by Adi Shankaracharya. An idol of Lord Vishnu is worshiped here, a metre long idol made of black stone. The temple is made in pyramid form.
Rudranath temple at a height of 2286 metres is one of the five Kedarnath temples. A difficult trek of 18 kilometres laid with beautiful meadows and valleys and wilds brings you to Rudranath temple. The views from temple also are truly amazing, you can see Hathi Parvat, Nanda Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghanti, Trishuli and other such majestic peaks from temple.
Yogdhyan Badri Temple
One among the five Badris is Yogdhyan badri, the temple of Yogdhyan badri is located at Pandukeshwar. The temple here has an image of lord Vishnu in meditative position. Yogdhyan Badri is located at an altitude of 1920 metres. it is believed that Pandavas renounced all their worldly attachments here and moved to Himalayas to seek to heavens.
Bhavishya badri means future Badri, it is believed that sometime in future, the present shrine of Badrinath will become inaccessible, at that time people will come to worship Bhavishya Badri. The temple is at an elevation of 2744 metres, thick forests surround the temple.
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
Kedarnath sanctuary situated in Chamoli district was founded in 1972. The sanctuary sprawls over an area of 967 sq. kms of the Garhwal Himalayas. The fauna includes Panther, Musk deer, Black and Brown Himalayan bear, Sambhar, Scrow, Thar, Ghoral and Monal Pheasant. The best season to visit is from April to June and then from September to November.
Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park lies in Chamoli District, within the Garhwal Himalayan.
How To Reach
Nearest airport from Chamoli is Jolly Grant airport which is 34 kilometres from here.
The nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 297 kms away. Trains are available for all the major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow.
Daily buses are available from Rishikesh to Badrinath run by UP State Transport Corporation. One can also reach here by privately hired vehicles, though at some places, roads are unmettled.