Excursion In Chamoli District


Excursion In Chamoli District

About Excursion

30 June / 4:56 PM

Chamoli is a district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is bounded by the Tibet region to the north, and by the Uttarakhand districts of Pithoragarh and Bageshwar to the east, Almora to the south, Garhwal to the southwest, Rudraprayag to the west, and Uttarkashi to the northwest. The administrative headquarters of the district is Gopeshwar.Chamoli had a variety of destinations of pilgrim and tourists' interest. Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers and Auli to name a few.The district is largely inhabited by Tibetans of the Bhotiya ethnic group who adhere to Hinduism.


Excursion Destinations


Auli

Auli

Auli is 72 Km from Chamoli. Tourist visits this place as the place is a skiing paradise and beholds the natures perfect beauty in it. The snow covered slopes of Auli has always been the centre of attraction to the people visiting this place.

If you are visiting this place and you are one of the skiing enthusiasts then you can ask Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) for the skiing equipment which they provide.



Badrinath

Badrinath

Badrinath is one of the most important pilgrim centre of the country. It 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.



Devprayag

Devprayag

Devprayag is the place where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meets. Its the confluence of hese two rivers. It is also famous for temples and river GHATS. It is believed that it was at Devprayag where lord Vishnu begged for 3 steps of land from King Bali.

Fairs held here on the occasion of Ramnavmi, Dussherra and Basant Panchami.

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Ghangaria

Ghangaria

Ghangaria is the base for visiting Hemkund Sahib and is the last inhabited part of the valley.



Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar is a beautiful town with some good temples in and around the city. The main attractions of Gopeshwar are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund, a group of temples without idols and Oak View etc.



Govind Ghat

Govind Ghat

Govind Ghat is the palce where Alaknanda and Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga meets. Its the confluence place of the Alaknanda and Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga.One big gurudwara is also here.



Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib is located at an altitude of 5,329 mts above the sea level. It is considered to be the world’s highest shrine. It is the place where tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh had meditated.



Joshimath

Joshimath

Joshimath is surrounded by tall and majestic snow covered Himalayas and is considered to be one of the most sacred placed by Hindus. It is believed that Lord Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) resides here during winters. It is this place where Adi Guru Shankaracharya attained enlightenment and established a Math (Hemitage center). Joshimath is one of the four Peeths i.e. center for sanyasis.



Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag

Karnaprayag is situated on the sacred confluence of Alaknanda and Pindari rivers is also 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. KarnaPrayag hosts several temples groups- KaalBhairov temple dedicated to Kaleshwar in the North, Jaleshwar temple in the South and Chandika temple & Narayan temple in the East.



Nandaprayag

Nandaprayag

Its the place where Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers meets. it is 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.



Narasimha Temple

Narasimha Temple

This 1,200 yrs old Lord Narasimha Temple is in Joshimath. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Narasimha, half-man and half-lion is believed to be the fourth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.

The famous temple of Lord Narasimha is about 1200 years old and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Presiding deity of the temple, Lord Narasimha, half-man and half-lion, is believed to be the fourth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.

Like Badrinath, the Lord Narasimha too is seen positioned in ‘padmasana’. Interestingly, the left wrist of the deity is getting thinner day by day. It is believed that when the deity hand will fall off, the road to Badrinath will get blocked as a result of a land slide.



Tapt Kund

Tapt Kund

Tapt Kund is the holy hot water spring which is located in front of the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River. A dip in the hot waters is a must before entering the shrine. The temple opens every year in the month of Apr. - May and closes for winters in the third week of Nov. Besides Badrinath there are four subsidiary badris, which cbmprise the sacred 'Panch Badri'. The other four badris are - Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri.



Valley Of Flowers

Valley Of Flowers

Very famous and known, Valley Of Flowers 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. In fact the valley has the largest collection of wild flower species. According to mythological legends, Lord Hanuman visited the valley to collect 'Sanjeevani' herb to save the life of Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama.

The Pushpawati river flows through the verdant valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. The snow melts from May onwards and the entire valley blooms with exotic flowers till September. There are over 521 species of flowering plants and the area was declared a national park in 1982 to preserve the bio-diversity of the valley. The park is also inhabiting by animals like' Himalayan black bears, musk deer, brown bears, snow leopards, tahr, bharal, serow and rich variety of butterflies.


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