The enchanting land of Chamoli is in the lap of the majestic Himalayas seems to be especially blessed by the mother nature. The district is studded with major pilgrim centres like Badrinath, Joshimath, Tungnath and Hemkund Sahib, snow-clad peaks and exceptional natural beauty.
Chamoli District Stats
District Headquarters: Gopeshwar
Places to Visit in Chamoli
Badrinath : Badrinath, one of the most important pilgrim centre of the country is a part of sacred 'Char Dhams' of the State. It is flanked by Nar and Narayan mountains, while the Neelkanth Peak forms a splendid backdrop.
The Shri Badrinathji temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu was established by Adi Shankaracharya and later built by the rulers of Garhwal about two centuries ago. It can be divided into three partsthe Garbha, the Darshan Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The principal idol carved out of black stone represents meditating Lord Vishnu.
Hemkund Sahib : Hemkund or the 'Snow Lake' nestles at a height of 4329 m. amidst seven snow-covered mountains, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat.
GovindGhat (15 kms) : It is set on the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga. There is a big gurudwara here.
Gopeshwar : The picturesque town of Gopeshwar has some good temples in and around the city. The main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund, a group of temples without idols and Oak View etc.
The Panch Prayag : 'Panch prayag' or the five most sacred river confluences of the Garhwal Himalayas are of immense religious importance. The five prayags are VishnuPrayag, NandPrayag, KarnaPrayag, RudraPrayag and DevPrayag, of which three are in Chamoli district.
Nandaprayag: It is the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, about 21 kms from Karnaprayag, on the main route to Badrinath. The famous Gopalji temple is situated here. NandaPrayag hosts fair on the occasion of Baisakhi and Janmasthami.
Karnaprayag: It is situated on the sacred confluence of Alaknanda and Pindari rivers and is known for the Karna Temple and the Uma Devi Temple. It is believed that Lord Surya gifted Kavatch, Kundal and Tuneer to Karna at KarnaPrayag.
Joshimath : This important temple town is an important halt enroute to Badrinath and base for trekkers to the famous Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers : This 'paradise' of nature lovers was discovered by Frank Smythe along with R. L. Holdsworth in the 1930s. It lies 6 kms from Bhyundar village and covers an area of 87.5 kms, exceptionally rich in floral wealth.
How to Reach Chamoli
By Air: Nearest airport for Chamoli is Jolly Grant (221 kms)
By Rail: Nearest rail head: Rishikesh (202 kms)
By Road: Well connected by road, with important towns of the State.
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