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Chamoli Travel Guide

ChamoliIn the arms of the heavenly Himalayas lies the enchanting land of Chamoli, which seems to be a benediction of earth. A blessed spot the place seems to have been particularly dear to Lord Shiva. There are hundreds of shrines dedicated to Lord shiva , the most important of all being the shrine of Badrinath.

The other shrines of religeous importance are Hemkund Saheb, three out of five Panch Kedar and Panch Badri, which are spread over the hills of Chamoli. During the monsoons, thousand brilliant blooms bursts forth in the fascinating " Valley of flowers" .

The place reverberates with spirituality and is associated with a number of legends. It is said that Hanuman found the Sanjeevani herb here to revivie the unconsccious laxman. It is blieved that Ved Vyas composed his immortal epic, the Mahabharata here.

Guru Gobind singh is also believed to have meditated here. Surrounded by Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Rudrapryag., Ptihoragarh, Almora and pauri Garhawa districts and with Tibet lying to its north, Chamoli attracts tourists and invites trekking inthusiasts from all over the world to discvover the fulles potential of their body & mind. Chamoli , a hill district of U.P., has immense geographical, historical, religious and cultural importance.

Chamoli lies in the arms of the heavenly Himalayas and is full of natural beauty. This land has inspiered the inaginations of great poets like kalidas. These mountain ranges, rivers and valleys are associated wit several Gods & Goddesses.

The celebrated shrine of Badrinath, a famous pilgirmage of Hindus, the well known " Valley of Flower" and Auli Bugyal are situated here. Today, this snow clad peaks which are a delight for adventure loving tourists. Gopeshwar is the district headquarter of chamoli and is situated at a height of 1308 mts.


General Information

Altitude : 960 mts.
Population: 454871(1991 census)
Climate : Cold in winter, Pleasant in summer
Language: Garhwali, Hindi and English
Clothing summer : Cotton or light Woollen
Winter : Heavy Woollen
Season : Round the year

Transport
Air : Nearest airport is Jollygrant, 221 kms.
Rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, 204 kms.
Road: Well connected to Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nainitalk & Almora.

Other Facilities

Major Mountain Ranges
Nanda Devi, (7817 mts),
Kamet (7756 mts.),
Nanda Devi east, (7434 mts.),
Trishul (7120 mts.),
Dunagiri, (7066 mts.),
Dunagiri East (6489 mts.),
Hanuman Parvat, (600mts.),
Devisthan II, (6490 mts.),
Hathi Parvat (6727mts.),
Gori Parvat (6590 mts.),
Neelkanth (6596mts.),
Satopanth (7075 mts.),
Nar (5831 MTS) &
Narayan (5965 mts.).

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Nanda Devi Raj Yatra:

Nanda Devi Raj Yatra is a very od traditioinal pilgirmage in vogue since the reign of Shalipal, a ninth century monarch. King Shalipal initiated a tradition that a big Pilgrimage would be roganised every twelfth year to escort nandadevi to Her in- Law's place, near nanda Ghungti peak.

The trek is about 280 kms. and takes about 18 days to complete.

The golden image of naddaedvi is carried in a silver palanquin called"Nandadevi- Ka dola" Along wit the canopies broought by the Kunwar and is follwed by thousands of devotees in a long procession.



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