Chamoli is a beautiful town nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It is perched at an elevation of 1300 meters above sea level and is bedecked on the holy banks of river Alaknanda. The city offers a promising view of nature, woods, the rumbling creeks and the alpine hills.
Chamoli is a perfect halt for the travelers as one can easily locate some of the budget friendly hotels and guest houses here. The precinct of Chamoli city adds five stars to its name as the famous tourist destinations of the Garhwal region such as the Badrinath temple, Auli, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of flowers, Gopinath temple, Tungnath etc are located nearby. Also, the night view of Gopeshwar city from Chamoli is a sight to behold.
History of Chamoli
The history of Chamoli dates back to the 6th century A.D. Initially, it was under the rule of King Bhanu Pratap of Panwar dynasty of Garhwal, who founded Chandpur-Garhi as the capital. Later in September 1803, an earthquake hit the region and weakened the economic as well as administrative set up of the Garhwal dynasty. The Gorkhas took advantage of the situation and attacked the kingdom, taking control over half of the Garhwal kingdom, till 1804. The region remained under the rule of the Gorkhas until 1815 when the British Government came and took it under its rule. In 1997 Chamoli city became a part of a separate, Chamoli district carved out of Pauri Garhwal.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CHAMOLI
Chamoli is a beautiful hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It has some cool places to visit like the snow-covered Roop kund and the Rudra nath temple. Badrinath and Kedarnath, two major pilgrimage centers, are located in the Chamoli district.
Vasudhara: It is about five km from Mana village, toward the west. It is set amidst snow-covered peaks with sheer drop of 145 meters, glaciers and rocky heights. The natural falls located near Badrinath is quite a sight to see. Mana is easily accessible by road from Badrinath.
Roop Kund: It is located in the eastern part of Chamoli district. The edges of the Kund are covered with snow round the year. When snow melts human skeletons can be seen. There are many stories to explain the presence of skeletons in the lake but it is no authentic proof. That is why it is also called Mystery Lake.
Rudranath Temple: This is the temple of Lord Shiva and one of the Panch Kedars. Temple is located in the middle of thick forest at an altitude of 2286 meters. River Baitarini, which has strong connection for Hindus, flows behind the temple.
How to reach Chamoli
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Chamoli situated at a distance of 222kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Chamoli is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 202kms before Chamoli on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India.
By Road: Chamoli is well connected by motor able roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.