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
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.
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
Air: Nearest airport is Jollygrant, 21 kms.
Rail: Nearest Railhead is Rishikesh,
Road: Gopeshwar is well connected to dehradeun, Haridwar,
Rishikesh, Nainital, Almora &
other cities of the region.
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
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.