Distance and Time taken from Kausani: 86km, 3 hrs.
Chaukori is one of Uttarakhand's hidden gems, located at a height of almost 2010m, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range. With a population of barely 1000, it is the ideal quiet place to retreat to.
Winter Highlights: Getting to Chaukori is no less than a challenge. The roads are well-maintained and lined with beautiful pine trees, however, for a good 2 hours, the roads are single-laned, rife with numerous blind turns. It is a task to manoeuvre in case there's traffic approaching from the other side. Sitting at the edge of our seats, I was glad that it was winter, hence less crowded, so we didn't have to encounter too many scary moments.
With the temperature being as low as 1-2 degree celsius, what added excitement to an otherwise cold night was a leopard visit! While we were coming back to our cottage from the dining hall, there was a leopard out on a hunt only about 100m away from us. This is a common occurrence typical to the winter season, so if you're looking for an adrenaline rush and a story to always remember, winter is the right time to visit Chaukori.
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