Top 13 Places to visit in Chamoli

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Situated at an altitude of about 1300 metres above sea level, the town of Chamoli in Uttaranchal is also known as "the Abode of Gods". The reason for this is the fact that this place has a number of popular legends related to Hindu gods and goddesses. Also, Chamoli is the origin point of the famous Chipko Movement. This movement shifted focus of people and the governments towards our nature and natural beauty and also the exploitation done to it continuously. Chamoli is a part of the Kedar Khand and has a number of villages known for the typical Garhwali culture and lifestyles. Scenic beauty is the main attraction in this town. The other tourist attractions here apart from the lush greenery and picturesque views are the valley of Gopeshwar, Badrinath, Hemakund Sahib, Auli and others.

Roopkund - Chamoli

This is a very high altitude glacial lake in the middle of the Trishul Massif in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand. This place is mainly known for the large number of human skeletons which are found at the end of the lake. This lake is quite shallow and small too and is a part fo the route from Nanda Jat to Homkund. The lake is also known as the 'Mystery Lake' since the reason behind the death of so many animals and people are not yet clear. It is also strange to know that they had died about 500 years ago and some of these are so well preserved in the cold conditions that you can also see flesh attached when the snow clears a bit. According to local legendary tales it is said that ones the Kind Jasdal of Kanauj went for a tour of the nanda Jat region with his queen who was known as a goddess and also the princes of Garhwal. She was also known as Nanda Devi and she gave birth to a little baby girl over here. After this ecstatic moment, she decided to show her power and sent a hailstorm downhill which is said to have killed all the living beings there and we still find their skeletons at the end of this lake.
This was the summit point. I loved the view when I reached the top!
Apeksha Shahani

5 Followers, 7 Reviews


At 2:30 am calls rang out in our camp, waking us up from slumber. Today was the day! Reluctant to get out of our sleeping bags (despite the rocky surface our tent was pitched on) we groggily made our way out. Stepping out of the tent, the sky was free of clouds, and the entire Milkyway was visible, from on end to the other! I stood transfixed, regretting not having enough photography skills to capture this sight. Sigh! But like with all good things, the clouds moved in again, and everything turned into a hazy blur, with jabs of torch light to guide us to the dining tent, where maggi and tea awaited us. We all lined up dutifully, crampons on our feet, and trudged ahead in single file. The path was pitch dark as we started, all of us relying on our torches to guide us, walking in single file. However, in half an hour or so, the sky began to lighten, and the going got easier. We passed a lot of glaciers on the way and the path became steeper.A few members fell back, not wanting to hold up the group, but moving forward nonetheless. The path was steep and our energy levels were declining. But our lovely helpers , in this case a special mention to Surinder , who kept egging us on, kept calling out to us to take " one step at a time" and his hilarious discounts on Roopkund , which got more fantastic as we got closer. Finally, eventually - we trudged to the rim of Roopkund. The sun was just beginning to rise, and everything was brilliantly highlighted! We were greeted by the small temple, and the pile of fabled human bones stacked in front of it. Not wanting to waste our flimsy lead ahead of the other groups, we descended the short way down to the lake itself. It was frozen over, and our shouts to each other echoed back to us over and over again. I just sat on a rock, catching my breath, and realising I've accomplished what I had set out to do. The crowds descended soon, and the moment was gone. We made our way up to the rim, and looked hopefully to C.T to allow us to submit the Junargali peak.The weather was clear, and we had seen a couple of other trekkers making their way up.But C.T. refused, citing safety reasons.Ironically, that didn't stop him from making the trip up there himself. This left quite a few of us in a sour mood. A steaming bowl of daliya from our guides helped to restore the mood fractionally, and everyone got busy taking pictures in the limited time we had left. Sure enough, we were gathered together in a couple of minutes and ushered back, making our descent. The way down was quite uneventful, except, of course, where Shirley and me had to make a mad dash to a rocky outcrop to avoid our bladders bursting. Back at base camp, we had an hour or so to rest, but not much place to rest in, since our lovely C.T. had ordered our tents to be dismantled. Don't you love him yet?
Susan Halfhide

9 Followers, 18 Reviews


Preeti Singh

266 Followers, 22 Reviews


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tours, photography
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Valley of Flowers National Park - Chamoli

Earlier used as a cattle grazing ground, this was declared as a national park and then later an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. This is in the Josimath Region of the Bhyundar Valley and is known for its outstanding scenic beauty. There is a little bit of everything here which makes this place magical. Starting from fresh air and snow clad mountain to colourful flowers and lush greenery, you get everything here. This place along with the Nanda Devi National Park make up the whole nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is a place extremely rich in natural biodiversity. There is an abundance of alpine shrubs and other plants, it is also known that in the epic of Ramayana, Hanumana brought down the Sanjeevani herb to save the life of lakshmana from this same place. It is still believed that the Sanjeevani herb grows here. The Gauri Parbat is the highest peak here and more than 650 varieties of flowers grow here including rare ones such as cobra lily, Brahmakamal as well as blue poppy. Photographers and nature lovers find their ultimate food for the sould in such a place and tourists find immense bliss and peace out here.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located at a height in West Himalaya. It is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora found there. It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²). The valley had always been known to the local people who avoided getting to this area for fear of fairies, who they believed, would take them away. It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holdsworth stumbled into the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition and were “at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairy land of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf but brilliant in colour”. Smythe wrote about the valley and its flowers – “their carpet is a celestial one, breathing innocence and joy to the world overburdened with sophistication and sorrow”. His writing invoked a great interest of the people in this valley, both at home and abroad. Legends associate this valley area with “Gandhamadan” from where Hanuman of Ramayana collected “Sanjeevani” herb to revive Laksmana. Hanuman had to visit far-flung areas in his search for the life-saving herb, some named after him. He visited Hanuman Chatti near Yamunotri, Hanuman Tibba near Gangotri, Hanuman peak near Nandadevi, Hanuman Chatti near Badrinath and ultimately the valley of flowers or Nanankanan as it is also known as.
Vikas Acharyaa

4 Followers, 19 Reviews


It is 5 km trek from Ghangaria. Series of breathtaking views and picturesque scenics would keep you spellbound by it's beauty.
Sarthak Bansal

241 Followers, 8 Reviews


Garden of the world. Entire valley is full of different flowers. Along the either side of the trail fully grown bushes lush greenery and snow capped mountains. From Ghangaria village pack your lunch and set out for valley early. Get your pass from the forest office. Through the dense forest trying to spot the wild life and enjoying the flora, crossing a couple of big streams you entire the valley. Flowers flowers flowers every where and the mountains by their side adds the beauty. Anyone can just sit on a rock and spend the entire evening looking towards the valley. You cannot camp inside the valley and forest personnel sweeps the park for wanders at the end of each day. Carry a whistle and don't blow it except you encounter any bears.
SHIMOJ

229 Followers, 85 Reviews


Best time to visit
May- September
Things to do
nature trails, photography
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N/A
Budget
INR 20

Ali Bugyal - Chamoli

Starting from the Lohajung Pass, the Ali Bugyal is arguably the longest trek route in India along with the bedni Bugyal. The route is lined with lush green meadows on both sides and is quite a difficult trek after a certain distance. This trek route passes through a number of valleys and villages out of which the most famous is the Wan Village. After this the route moves amidst forests of rhododendrons and oaks. The Wan Village is so popular because you get accomodation and camping options here. There are absolutely no posh and luxury resorts here but the cottages and tented caps are better than luxury hotels.
Those beautiful never ending meadows !
Apeksha Shahani

5 Followers, 7 Reviews


The trek to Ali Bugyal was like walking through a dreamscape. The longest trail so far, it snaked through a beautiful wooded area, steep in some places, gentle in others. We stopped midway in a small clearing for lunch, with the forest behind us and a steep drop ahead. The only thing missing was a pinch of salt for my boiled egg lunch ! Moving on, the forest around us started thinning out, giving way to larger patches of grass and small shrubs. And then coming over a rise, we got our first glimpse of the Ali Bugyal meadows. Here, right in front of me, for as far as I could see, were lush green meadows. As we moved forward, we came across shepherds with their herds of sheep, and quite a few grazing horses and mules. My legs moved slower of their own accord, as if in a silent agreement with my heart, to savour this sight for a tiny while longer. As we moved on, we got a glimpse of our camp site. It would be our first night in tents, and they stood out a happy blue against all the green around them. Out here, in the middle of nowhere, was a Maggi point, serving , as the name suggests, piping hot maggi, and tea to those moving towards their camp. We too, took a small break here, sipping on chai, gobbling up Maggi, and making out shapes in the clouds (we unanimously decided it was a Pegasus) Having gorged, we trudged to our camp, where we were told in our briefing that there would be a campfire that night, and we were to forage in the surrounding area for wood. Everyone threw themselves into the task happily, and in no time there was a bright bonfire burning, with the eventual Antakshari being played. Here we got our first glimpse of the mountains, the Nandaghunti and the Chowkhamba range, playing hide-n-seek with us through the gathering clouds. The rains came down suddenly, and everyone scuttled inside the communal dining tents for an early diner, playing dumb-charades while waiting for the rains to abate. Eventually, the rains petered out, and we meekly entered our tents to surrender to the encroaching sandman.
Susan Halfhide

9 Followers, 18 Reviews


One of the best day of the trek, huge meadow walk with wild flowers every where. Snow capped peak looms large in the horizon. An experience never to be missed.
Himadri Sinha Roy

56 Followers, 11 Reviews


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trekking
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Budget
Free

Lohajung - Chamoli

This is a small village which is situated about 8000 ft above the sea level and is about an hour's drive from a lower hill station known as Davel. This car drive is the only option to reach here as you cannot expect any sort of railway line over here. The main occupation over here is lichen import and this village is important also for medical purposes. This is because a number of medicinal herbs grow over here in a large quantity and this is in large demand by all medicinal firms.
The starting point of the trek, a few guest housem eateries are available, a place from where you can pick up the last minute items required for the trek
Himadri Sinha Roy

56 Followers, 11 Reviews


Preeti Singh

266 Followers, 22 Reviews


We reached Lohajung from Kausani and had the refreshments done before we got ready for the start of the trek to Brahma Peak.
Atul Kumar

124 Followers, 2 Reviews


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tours, photography
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N/A
Budget
Free

Patar Nachauni - Chamoli

Once the king Jasdhawal of Kanauj came for a tour here with his goddess queen Nandadevi where she gave birth to a babe. The king organized a dance show here and also named this place as Patar Nachauni after that. The name literally means 'dancing girls' in the local language. This is what the queen took as a sacrilege in her domain and killed about 300 people by sending a dangerous hailstorm downhill. Presently, this place is a camp site and a part of the route of the Ali and Bedni Bugyal trekking route.
We set off from Ali Bugyal towards Patar Nachauni, moving through the meadows of Bedni Bugyal. It was a short trek today, and people moved at a leisurely pace, no one in a hurry to reach camp. The rains came down an hour or so out of camp, and the ponchos came out. We reached the campsite with a vista of boiling clouds overhead. And guess what! There was an actual shop here, too.Right in the middle of our camp, selling the inevitable Maggi, chai and egg. We got down to enthusiastically demolishing some grub, still in our ponchos , unmindful of the rains around us. Here too, we made an uphill walk when the rains ceased (C.T. was adamant on acclimatizing).On our way back, Prashant and I took a longer route, moving a little ahead of camp, and sat down to look at the mountains peeking out from behind the green hills. We waited for a while hoping to get one clear shot of the entire range, but the clouds kept dancing in front of us. On reaching back, we went for the briefing, where C.T. admonished us for straying from camp and were again reminded of our Oximeter check and falling which, we would have to "descend".
Susan Halfhide

9 Followers, 18 Reviews


Day 4 : The Himalayan wall right before you, fresh melted snow gurgling in a stream beside you and the music of mule-bells as they graze far away. This is Patar Nauchani for you.
Pramati Anand

2k+ Followers, 28 Reviews


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camping
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Pathar Nachuni - Chamoli

An high altitude campsite before making it further higher up to the trail. Camping grounds are available here.
Himadri Sinha Roy

56 Followers, 11 Reviews


Kalu Vinayak - Chamoli

This is a Hindu temple in the roopkund area and is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vinayaka or Lord Ganesha. This is made inside a small cave with small, flat pieces of stones and inside is placed an idol of Lord Ganesha made of black stone. The beautiful place is beautiful though not very popular. It is usually a place visited by trekkers and travellers. There are number of metal bells tied here and this makes the small temple look even prettier.
Kalu Vinayak is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and the idol kept here is carved out on black stone.
Sandeep Bisht

187 Followers, 12 Reviews


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worship
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Budget
Free

Bagubasa - Chamoli

A hostile camping ground before making it to the Roopkund. Weather here at baguabasa can be really uncertain due to its high altitude.
Himadri Sinha Roy

56 Followers, 11 Reviews


Roopkund Lake - Chamoli

The mysterious skeletal lake of Roopkund
Himadri Sinha Roy

56 Followers, 11 Reviews


Hemkund Sahib - Chamoli

Also known as the Gurudwara Henkunt Sahib, this is the highest gurudwara in the world. It is on the shores of the Hemkund lake at an altitude of over 14000 ft above sea level. The water of this lake is always freezing and equally chilly is the wind here. this is a beautifully maintained gurudwara where they serve maggi and tea as part of the langar continuously. Also, the sweet halwa prasad of here is very tasty. The peaceful ambience has a magical effect on everyone. To reach this place you will have to keep trekking and then climb a number of stone stairs. The journey may seem to be tiresome but the fabulous experience will compensate for all the difficulty you have had taken to reach here.
Blend of Spirituality and Divine Beauty Set amidst towering snow-capped mountains and lying beside a lake of pristine blue water, the Sikh shrine of Sri Hemkunt Sahib looks, even to the not-particularly-pious, a place of almost unbelievable beauty and peace. Seven peaks - known as the Sapt Sring- surround the shrine, looming over lush green pastures. The lake’s rocky shores are covered with snow through most of the year, but when the snows melt, the almost mythical yellow-green flower known as the Brahma Kamal, the `Lotus of the Gods’, blooms amidst the rocks. It’s a place of a rather wild and untamed beauty- and one of Sikhism’s most important shrines. Sri Hemkunt Sahib is accessible only in the summer, between June and October. The rest of the year, heavy snows make passage impossible, and usually block off the trail leading up to the shrine.
Surabhi Sinha

232 Followers, 13 Reviews


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N/A
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worship, trekking
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Nanda Devi - Chamoli

The Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand and the second highest in the country. It is also known as the highest mountain peak which is completely in India as the Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the borders of India and Nepal. The main attraction here is the Nanda Devi National Park, which, along with the Valley of Flowers National Park makes the Nanda Devi Biodiversity Reserve. The scenic beauty of this place is scintillating and the views of the other sides from here are good too.
Stunning views of the range. Cool air, green grass and sunshine. A perfect Saturday!
Trisha Singh

2k+ Followers, 197 Reviews


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trekking, photography
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Tungnath - Chamoli

Tungnath valley is home to the famous Tungnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the highest temple of the world, located at the altitude of 3680 m, just below the Himalayan peak called Chandrashila. The temple is around a 1000 year old. Tungnath valley is what divides the Mandakini river from the Alaknanda river. Covered with rich alpine meadows and lined with the mighty Himalayas at the border, Tungnath is a fresh getaway from Syalsaur.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Nanda Devi National Park - Chamoli

Established in the year 1982, this is a National Park circling the peak of nanda Devi. There are several peaks surrounding this national park as well. These are namely the Trishul, Dunagiri, East Nanda Devi, Bethartoli and others. This place is rich in flora and fauna and the main species are the Brahmakamal and the Blue Mountain Goat. This is a perfect place for trekking. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was declared so in the year 2005 along with the Valley of Flowers National Park. These two parks are open for a part of the year and form the whole of the nanda Devi Biodiversity Reserve.
As the trek starts, with every step I take it keeps on getting steeper and steeper as you approach towards the Tungnath temple (3680 metres). The trek stretch gives you a chance to soak in the serene beauty of Nandadevi national park. With eateries on the trek side, you get time to grab a bite be it maggi, some biscuits, a hot cup of pahadi chai or may be a glass of Rhododendron juice (all must try this, it’s quite soothing). As you see the tip of the temple it gives you a sense of fulfillment, a feeling that just can’t be penned down… you need to breathe that air and soak in it to feel beautiful.
Ayandrali Dutta

439 Followers, 43 Reviews


Best time to visit
May- October
Things to do
nature trails, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
INR 20

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