the arms of the heavenly Himalayas lies the enchanting land of Chamoli,
which seems to be a benediction of earth. A blessed spot the place
seems to have been particularly dear to Lord Shiva. There are hundreds
of shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, the most important of all being
the shrine of Badrinath.
other shrines of religious importance are Hemkund
Saheb, three out of five Panch Kedar and Panch
Badri, which are spread over the hills of Chamoli. During the monsoons,
thousand brilliant blooms bursts forth in the fascinating "
Valley of flowers".
place reverberates with spirituality and is associated with a number
of legends. It is said that Hanuman found the Sanjeevani herb here
to revive the unconscious Laxman. It is believed that Ved Vyas
composed his immortal epic, the Mahabharata here.
Gobind singh is also believed to have meditated here. Surrounded
by Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi,
Almora and Pauri Garhawal districts
and with Tibet lying to its north, Chamoli attracts tourists and invites trekking enthusiasts from
all over the world to discover the fullest potential of their body
& mind. Chamoli, a hill district of UP, has immense geographical,
historical, religious and cultural importance.
lies in the arms of the heavenly Himalayas and is full of natural
beauty. This land has inspired the imaginations of great poets
like Kalidas. These mountain ranges, rivers and valleys are associated
with several Gods & Goddesses.
celebrated shrine of Badrinath,
a famous pilgrimage of Hindus, the well known "Valley of Flower"
and Auli Bugyal are situated here. Today, this snow clad peaks which
are a delight for adventure loving tourists. Gopeshwar
is the district headquarter of Chamoli and is situated at a height of 1308 mts.
Population: 454871(1991 census)
Climate: Cold in winter, Pleasant in summer
Language: Garhwali, Hindi and English
Clothing: Summer- Cotton or light Woolen
Clothing: Winter- Heavy Woolen
Season : Round the year
Air : Nearest airport is Jollygrant, 221 kms.
Rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, 204 kms.
Road: Well connected to Dehradun,
Nainital & Almora.
Major Mountain Ranges
Nanda Devi, (7817 mts),
Kamet (7756 mts.),
Nanda Devi east, (7434 mts.),
Trishul (7120 mts.),
Dunagiri, (7066 mts.),
Dunagiri East (6489 mts.),
Hanuman Parvat, (600mts.),
Devisthan II, (6490 mts.),
Hathi Parvat (6727mts.),
Gori Parvat (6590 mts.),
Satopanth (7075 mts.),
Nar (5831 MTS) &
Narayan (5965 mts.).
Nanda Devi Raj Yatra
Nanda Devi Raj Yatra is a very old traditioinal pilgrimage in
vogue since the reign of Shalipal, a ninth century monarch. King
Shalipal initiated a tradition that a big Pilgrimage would be organised
every twelfth year to escort nandadevi to Her In-Law's place, near
nanda Ghungti peak.
trek is about 280 kms. and takes about 18 days to complete.
golden image of Nandadevi is carried
in a silver palanquin called "Nandadevi-Ka dola" along-with the canopies brought by the Kunwar and is follwed by thousands
of devotees in a long procession.