Activities in Chamoli
Nature Walks: The natural beauty that envelops the vicinity of Chamoli is quite mesmerizing. The namesake district is one of the most gorgeous regions of Uttarakhand. The possibility of exploring this beautiful area would be hard to resist. One can easily hike to the nearby villages in and around Chamoli.
Village Tourism – The natural trails in and around Chamoli takes one through the perched Garhwali hamlets. One can explore the rustic life in a village and learn about their way of life, customs and festivals.
Shopping: Being a commercial town, Chamoli does have lot of shops and stores where one can purchase handlooms, artifacts, indigenous household items, pickles, jams etc. Apparels made from Angora wool can also be purchased at Chamoli.
Staying in Chamoli
Chamoli is a small township in the Garhwal hills and is situated enroute to Joshimath-Badrinath Highway. There are quite a few budget accommodations available at Chamoli where tourists can stay. During the Char Dham Yatra peak season, when finding an accommodation is quite difficult in Badrinath and Joshimath, pilgrims tend to stay at Chamoli and make a day—trip to Badrinath.
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Chamoli Food Guide
Chamoli may not offer variety of cuisines as chances of finding a decent restaurant that serves different platters is slim. Local food joints and roadside eateries specialize in popular North Indian and Chinese dishes. Local cuisine is worth giving a try one can taste all sorts of Pahadi dishes like Chainsoo, Gahat Dal, Sisunak Saag, Kappa to name a few. However, In-house restaurants of the expensive hotels serve all types of cuisine.
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.