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Overview of Chaukori
Chaukori that stands 2010m above sea level is one of the beautiful hill stations located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. This belongs to the Kumaon section of the Himalayan mountain range. Due to the absolutely brilliant scenes and views that this place offers, Chaukori is often referred to as Kumaon’s Heaven. Tibet and Terai prove to be the perfect protector on Chaukori’s northern and southern boundaries respectively. One of the striking features about Chaukori is the clean air that blows across the mountains. The hill station is located in a remote location in Pithoragarh district, therefore, this place is devoid of any kind of pollution. The place is famous for its ancient places of worship that are scattered all over.
Chaukori was initially chosen by the British rulers for its scenic location as an apt place for establishing tea plantations. The soil here was considered to be very fertile and the ambience was excellent as the place was situated far from the maddening pace of the commercial section of the state. Even today, the tea estates that are found here in plenty are major tourist attractions in Chaukori. From time immemorial, Chaukori has been one of the important viewing places, as it is from this point that the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhanba and Panchchuli are clearly visible.
The beautiful hill station of Chaukori is located at the foothills of the Kumaon Mountain Ranges of Himalayas, towards the western side of the majestic peak. Located at about 2010m above sea level, Chaukori is housed within the Pithoragarh district of the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. This is inclined at 29.84 degrees towards the North and 80.03 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air- Pantnagar Airport, at a distance of 205km, is the closest to Chaukori.
Rail – Kathgodam railway station, at a distance of 180km, is the nearest to Chaukori.
Road – There are many buses that ply from the big districts of Uttarakhand like Almora, Chamoli Champawat etc. and from the national capital of Delhi to Pithoragarh, from where Chaukori can be accessed through local buses or cars.
Local transport – This is a very small place, there the entire beauty of this hill station can be enjoyed only when travelled on foot.
Tourist attractions and Things to do
The points from where the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi and Panchchuli are visible, Gangolihat temple, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Nag Mandir, Ulkadevi Temple, Jayanti Devi temple, Ghunsera Devi temple, Kedar temple, Nakuleshwar Temple, Kamaksha temple, Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev cave temple and Mostamanu temple are some of the must-see ancient temples around Chaukori. The massive tea estates in this hill-station are not to be missed out by tourists. Trekking and temple visits are few activities that tourists can do here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
There are no exclusive restaurants available in Chaukori. Tourists can only dine in the in-house restaurants of the hotels and resorts that they stay. Since, this is predominantly a pilgrimage place, most of these restaurants only serve vegetarian food. A typical North Indian meal replete with Indian Rotis, moong dhal curry, vegetable sabzi, desserts such as Kulfi and a glass of chaas (buttermilk laced with spices like coriander and cumin) is the local speciality here.
Places to stay
There are quite a few 2-star accommodation options available in Chaukori like Ojaswi Resort, Misty Mountains Resort, Winds Inn Resort, Chestnut Grove Himalayan Lodge and Haridarshan Resort. KMVN Tourist Rest House is a budget hotel here for the benefit of tourists who cannot afford the premium accommodation options.
STD, PIN code and Emergency contact
The STD and PIN codes of Chaukori are 05964 and 262531 respectively. Police, Fire and Ambulance Services are available continuously 24/7 on the numbers 100, 101 and 102 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
Banks – There are no banks in Chaukori. Tourists need to travel to Pithoragarh district for their banking needs.
1 - District Hospital of Pithoragarh
Close to Sildhar Bus Stand, Pithoragarh Head Office, Pithoragarh district – 262501, Ph: 05964 225687
2 - Jeevan Jyoti Hospital
Bhatkote Road, Pithoragarh Head Office, Pithoragarh district – 262501, Ph: 05964 223415
District Tourism Development Office of Pithoragarh district
Contact Person – Mr. SS Yadav (Assistant Tourism Officer in Charge), Ph: 05964 225527