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Overview of Chamoli
Chamoli belongs to the Garhwal division of Uttarakhand state and is the second biggest district in the state. This is a hub of pilgrimage and tourist spots. It is strategically situated in such a way that it is bound by Tibet (north), Pithoragarh and Bageshwar (east), Almora (south), Garhwal (south west), Rudraprayag (west) and Uttarkashi (North West). Gopeshwar is the headquarters or capital of Chamoli. Chamoli is blessed with abundant natural beauty all around which is why it is visited by thousands of international and domestic tourists all through the year. Chamoli is located at 955m above sea level.
History of the place
Chamoli was an important part of Garhwal area in the olden days. It is believed that Garhwal, which was known as Kedarkand earlier, has been mentioned in the important Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Vyas Caves located in close proximity to this place was the venue where Lord Ganesh wrote the first few verses of Vyas Mahabharata.
Chamoli district that is found in the Garhwal section of Uttarakhand is headquartered at Gopeshwar and spread on 7613 sq.km of area. It has a height of 955m from sea level and is located at 30.42 degrees towards the North and 79.33 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, at a distance of 222km, is the nearest to Chamoli.
Rail – Rishikesh railway station, at a distance of 202km, is the nearest to Chamoli.
Road – Many buses operated by the State Government and private sectors, ply from places like Badrinath, Rishikesh, Champawat, Gopeshwar, Dehradun and other big cities in Uttarakhand and from Delhi to Chamoli quite frequently.
Local transport – Jeeps and cars on hire, local buses and trekking are the local modes of transport for travelling within Chamoli.
Tourist Attractions and things to do
Gopeshwar, Gopinath Temple, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshimath, Valley of Flowers National Park, Auli hill station etc. are some of the places to see around Chamoli. Trekking, wildlife-viewing and bird-watching are some of the activities that tourists can indulge in on their trip to Chamoli.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Hari Om and Navdurga Hotel are a couple of good options for tourists who want to have Indian vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian food is very scarcely available due to the presence of many temples in Chamoli district. North Indian meal comprising of wheat, rice and moong dhal dishes are the local specialities here.
Places to stay
Heaven and Le Meadows Resort are a couple of 2-star resorts available in Chamoli. These offer great services and are located at very scenic spots. Ashwamegh Lodge is a budget accommodation for tourist who cannot afford the resorts. This place is situated in close proximity to many major tourist attractions.
STD, PIN code and Emergency Contact
The STD and PIN codes of Chamoli are 01372 and 246424 respectively. The emergency helpline numbers for Police, Fire and Ambulance services are 100, 101 and 102 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
State Bank of India
Chamoli branch, Uttarakhand – 246424, Ph: 01372 262157
Gopeshwar, Chamoli Head Office,
Chamoli – 246424, Ph: 01372 252245
District Tourism Development Office, Gopeshwar, Chamoli district
Contact person – Mr. Sobat Singh Rana (District Adventure Sports Officer)
Ph: 01372 253185, 09410342577