Chamoli Travel Information

The district of Chamoli with Gopeshwar as its headquarter is surrounded by Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Almora and Pauri Garhwal districts and with Tibet lying to its north.

A blessed spot, there are hundreds of shrines particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva spread over the hills of Chamoli. Chamoli has immense geographical, historical, religious and cultural importance. The celebrated shrine of Badrinath, three out of five Panch Kedar and Panch Badri, Hernkund Sahib are situated here in Chamoli. The well known Valley of Flowers and Auli Bugyal are a delight for tourists and adventure enthusiasts.

It is said that Hanumanji found the Sanjeevani herb here to revive the unconscious Laxman. It is believe that Ved Vyas composed his immortal epic, the Mahabharata here. This land has inspired the imagination of great poets like Kalidas.

Getting There
Jolly Grant, 221 km is the nearest airport. Rishikesh, 204 km is the nearest railway station. Chamoli is well connected to Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Almora and Nainital.

Places of Interest

Shiv Temple :
The temple is topped by a dome and twenty four doors lead to the sanctum sanctorum which is 30 sq.ft. in area. There are several broken idols around the temple which support the theory that in ancient times there were several more temples in Gopeshwar. A gleaming trident, made of eight different metals, dating back to the 12 century, bears inscription attributed to Anek Malla, king of Nepal, who reigned in the 13th Century. It is believed that while brute force cannot move his trident, the slightest touch by a true devotee can cause a tremor in it.

Excursion

Anusuya Devi & Atri Muni Ashram :
The temple is situated on Gopeshwar-Kund- CJaurikund motorable road, 19 km from Gopeshwar & 29 km from Chamoli. One has to first reach a place called Mandal (13 km, motorable) & then trek 6 km to reach Anusuya Devi or Anusuya Ashram. It is situated at an altitude of 2000 m. Devi Anusuya is revered as the Goddess who blesses her devotees with children. A large fair is held in the month of December on the occassion of Duttatreya Jayanti when thousands of belivers come here to worship the Goddesses throughout the night with lamps ablaze in their hends.

At a distance of 2 km from Anusuya Deve temple is the ashram of Atrimuni the husband of Anusuya Devi. The ashram is in the form of a cave temple. The cataracts of Amritkund & Arnrit Ganga provide a wonderful sight for the tourists. This is said to be the only place where devotees circumambulate around the river as a mark of reverence.

Rudranath :
It is one of the Pand Kedars, 23 km from Gopeshwar (5km morotable till village Sagar & then 18km trek from here). The face of the how Shiva is worshiped here.

Valley of Flowers :
This is a unique world of flowers - the valley now declared a National Park is a breathtaking spectacular sight specially during the monsoons in July & August. About 82 km from Gopeshwar through Joshimath is terminus Govindghat for Valley of Flowers.

Kuari Pass :
Also known as Curzon's trail, the entire area is rich in exotic flora & fauna, besides dense forests with associated thrills. On the other side of Kuari Pass is the Nanda Devi Sanctury. The Pass can be approached from Tapovan via Auli Gorson, Chitrakantha or from the south from Ghat via Ramni.

Adi Badri Dham :
16 km from Karnaprayag, it is one of the Panch Badris. Alongwith several temples of Narayan and Vishnus, one can visit a small lake Benital nearby and the ruins of old forts of Garhwali Rajas.

Roop Kund :
Also known as the mystery lake, with remains of human and equine skeletons, situated at an altitude of 5029 m, it is one of the most popular trek.

Hernkund :
World's highest shrine at an altitude of 5329 m is believed to be the place where tenth sikh guru, Guru Govind Singh ji had meditated.

Auli :
This ski resort can be reached by road from Joshimath, 72 km from Chamoli, with its hoary snow slopes and skiing facilities being provided by GMVN, the place heightens the spirit of skiers and adventures seekers.

Kalpeshwar :
23 km from Joshimath, the temple set deep in the picturesque urgam valley forest, Lord Shiva hair and head are worshipped here.

Joshimath :
Molding an important position in the history of Hindu revivalism Adi Guru Shankaracharya attained enlightment here and established a Math (Hermitage Centre) here.

The Scared Prayags :
Among the Panch Prayags ofGarhwal, three of them that is Karnaoravas, Nandoravae and Vishnuprayag are here in the district of Chamoli.

Badrinath :
One of the four Dhams, Badrinath is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage spot of the country situated at an elevation of 3133 m, 42 km from Joshimath and 106 km from Gopeshwar

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