Chamoli districtÂ is the second largest district of Uttarakhand state of India.It is bounded by the Tibet region to the north, and by the Uttarakhand districts of Pithoragarh and Bageshwar to the east, Almora to the south, Garhwal to the southwest, Rudraprayag to the west, and Uttarkashi to the northwest. The administrative headquarters of the district is Gopeshwar.
Chamoli hosts a variety of destinations of pilgrim and tourists’ interest. Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers and Auli. Chamoli also happened to be a birthplace of “Chipko movement”. Chamoli proved itself “the most spectacular in its natural assets; be it maintain scenery, valley aspects, water-edges, floristic varieties, dramatic landform or the climatic cardinalities”. The district is also inhabited by Bhotiya ethnic group who adhere to Hinduism.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest Domestic Airport from Chamoli is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, roughly 222 Kms from Chamoli. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with flights on a daily basis. Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi is the nearest International Airport from Chamoli.
Â By Road:-
Chamoli is directly connected to National Highway 58 and with many major cities like Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Gopeshwar etc. by Uttaranchal State Road Transport Corporation on a regular basis and some private travel services.
Â By Train:-
The nearest Railway station from Chamoli is Haridwar Railway Station, located at a distance of 202 Kms from the town. Haridwar Junction is the busiest junction in the state and is well connected with the cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Dehradun.
WHAT TO SEE
Adi Badri is one of 16 holy shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Adi Guru Shankaracharya had built this temple and it belongs to Lord Vishnu, characterized by a raised stage in pyramidal shape from where the idol was enshrined.
Located at a distance of 7 Kms from Joshimath, Vriddha Badri is located. The idol of Badrinath was enshrined at this place and is worshiped here. The statue is known as Vriddha old or the first Badri and the temple remains open throughout the year for devotees.
Yogdhyan Badri Temple:-
The Yogdhyan Badri Temple is as old as the temple of Badrinath. It has its own religious significance among the locals as well as tourists from all over the country. The idol of worship is in a meditative posture and it is believed that the Pandvas had given Hastinapur to King Parikshit and retired here.
Valley of Flowers National Park:-
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park located in West Himalaya and is very famous for endemic flowers and natural beauty. It is a wonderful place and houses very rare and endangered species of animals, including the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear. The tourists flock the place in quest of rich and varied flora and fauna.
Vasundhara Waterfall is a breathtaking waterfall which is located at a distance of 5 Kms from Badrinath. A trip to the waterfall is very relaxing and refreshing. It is a very beautiful tourism place near Chamoli.
Chamoli, primarily being a pilgrimage spot, does not offer much in terms of shopping attractions. Neither are there exceptional shopping spots, nor any local treasures that can be collected as souvenirs. But there are certain things that the shopaholics can enjoy in the local bazaars around Chamoli. Chamoli is a primarily tribal area and local women wear beautiful tribal jewellery, especially toe rings (bichhuas) and heavy neckpieces (hansulis).
The food available in Chamoli and other districts of Uttarakhand is generally Kumaoni food, which is mouthwatering and has a unique local taste. Most of the available food is vegetarian, and indeed, the main tourist spots in the state are all vegetarian because of the fact that they are deeply religious. There are some local delicacies that tourists must try out in order to experience the local flavor more accurately. Pinalu Gutuk is a mouthwatering preparation made by frying the rich local potato crop and is a must-try for all tourists. Other delicacies are often made with different kinds of lentils and daal, such as Chais and Dhubka, the first a soup-like preparation made with fried urad daal, and the second a delicious rich curry made with a mixture of local lentils and local spices. Different kinds of green-leafy food such as Saag are available, along with a very popular chutney-like spinach preparation called Kaap. Bal Mithai is a popular sweet dish, made with khoya and sugar, and is a must-try for tourists with a sweet tooth.