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Situated at a height of 1308 mts. amidst beautiful mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes, the picturesque township of Gopeshwar is the district headquarter of Chamoli.

An ancient temple of Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the town and thousands of pilgrims come here throughout the year to visit the temple.

Owing to its natural beauty and fresh and serene atmosphere, Gopeshwar is becoming a major attraction for the tourists. Many well known tourist spots and religious centres are spread around this town.

According to historians, the name Gopeshwar has associations with the name of Lord Krishna. Besides the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund, a group of temples without idols and oak view are other places of interest.
Gopeshwar
General Information

Altitude : 960 mts.

Population:
15341(1991 census)

Climate:
Cold in winter, Pleasant in summer.

Language:
Garhwali, Hindi and English

Clothing:
Summer- Cotton or light Woolen, Winter- Heavy Woolen

Season:
Round the year

Transport:
Air: Nearest airport is Jollygrant, 21 kms.

Rail:
Nearest Railhead is Rishikesh, 214 kms.

Road:
Gopeshwar is well connected to dehradeun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nainital, Almora & other cities of the region.

EXCURSIONS

ANSUYA DEVI & ATRI MUNI ASHRAM:

Situated at an altitude of 2000 mts. One has to first reach a place called Mandal (13kms. by bus) and then trek 6 kms. to reach the Ansuya Ashram.

Devi Ansuya is revered as the Goddess who blesses Her devotees who blesses Her devotees with children. A large fair is held in the month of December on the occasion of December on the occasion of duttatreya Jayanti. Thousands of pilgrims come here to worship the goddess throughout the night with lamps ablaze in their hands.

The temple is of archaeological importance as well. At a distance of 2kms. from Ansuya Devi Temple is the ashram of Atrimuni, the husband of Ansuya Davi. The ashram is in the form of a cave temple. The cataracts of Amrit Kund and Amrit Ganga provide a wonderful sight for the tourists.

This is said to be the only place in the world where devotees circumambulate around a river as a mark of reverence.


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