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CHAMOLI

Updated: Jun 12, 2021


Chamoli is district of the state of Uttarakhand, India. Chamoli is known for its villages and the rich culture of Garhwal region. Chamoli also happened to be a birthplace of Chipko movement. Chamoli is one such place where you can find eye captivating natural beauty, along spirituality and peace. The district is rich in natural assets in terms of scenery, valleys, floristic varieties, dramatic landform and climate. The Valley of Flowers is the most famous national park in the district. Kauri Pass and Roopkund, also known as Mystery Lake, are some of the other places known for their scenic splendor. Chamoli is a beautiful heaven for the nature lovers and an adventurer's paradise. The district is crammed with temples, housing one of the most religiously significant temple of Hindus i.e Badrinath temple and the three of the total five confluences i.e Nanda Prayag, Karna Prayag and Vishnu Prayag also make Chamoli spiritually rejuvenating to the pilgrims. It is said that Kalidas wrote many of his literary masterpieces in Chamoli. Where you can enjoy the beauty of nature with your family, friend groups, and solo.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR: The Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport for Chamoli, which is around 132 km away. The smooth public transport and taxi facilities are available to reach Chamoli from here.

BY RAIL: The nearest railway station for Chamoli is located at Rishikesh, which is around 124 km away. But the feasible option that the tourists can opt for is the Haridwar railway station, which is about 202 km away. Once you have reached to your desired station, hop on a bus or a taxi to finally reach Chamoli.

BY ROAD: The frequency and connectivity of the regular state-owned buses as well as private buses are good to reach Chamoli via NH58. Nearest bus stands for Chamoli is at Pauri, Rishikesh, Uttarkashi or Gopeshwar, from where the public transport and taxis are easily available for your onward journey.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Chamoli is known for the winter sports. The month between October – march mark the winter season in Chamoli, which considered to be the best season for tourism. Chamoli is quite pleasant even during summers and considered good for trekking and water sports activities. Even the pilgrims also hoard here during these months.

ACTIVITIES: village tourism, chaar Dham route, pilgrims, Sightseeing, Skiing in Chamoli is the most important thing for the tourists and adventure lovers Cable car is one of the popular thing that attracts tourists.

FOOD: Travellers will find many small entries, dhabas and restaurants in and around Chamoli. The place is well known for its Kumauni cuisine. Local cuisine is worth giving a try one can taste all sorts of Pahadi dishes. local foods joints and roadside specialize in north Indian and Chinese dishes.

STAY IN CHAMOLI: There are quite a few budget accommodation available. During the chaar dham yatra peak season, when finding accommodation is quite difficult in Badrinath and Joshimath.



TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN CHAMOLI


BADRINATH

MANA LAST INDIAN VILLEGE

JOSIMATH

AULI

RUDRANATH

VALLEY OF FLOWERS

GOPESWER

KARANAPRYAG

NANDAPRAYAG

VISHNUPRAYAG

BRAHMTAL TREK

KALPESHWER

BADRINATH

Badrinath is one of the holy temple and important pilgrims centres of the country, which is a part of sacred chaar dham of Uttrakhand. Badrinath is one of the most popular and visited religious towns of the Hindus located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. The town of Badrinath lies between Nar and Naryana mountain ranges and in the shadow of the mighty Neelkantha peak. The several turquoise lakes, towering peaks, sacred ponds and water bodies make Badrinath a must visit place. The distance of Valley of Flowers to Badrinath is 25 kilometres and you can trek your way to Badrinath Temple.

There are other services like ponies and helicopters that would safely reach you there.

A trek is mostly recommended because of the grandeur that the mountains hold and the scenic beauty of the snow-capped peaks. Badrinath could also be reached by taking a taxi from Govindghat to Badrinath if you are not a big fan of trekking or hiking.

HOW TO REACH BADRINATH

BY AIR: The nearest airport from Badrinath is the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, about 317 km from Badrinath.

BY HELICOPTER: The distance by a helicopter journey is hardly 100 km. There are many providers of helicopter service from Dehradun to Badrinath.

BY TRAIN: The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are at Rishikesh (297 kms), Haridwar (324 kms) and Kotadwar (327 kms). Rishikesh is not connected by fast trains and Kotadwar has very less number of trains. Thus Haridwar serves as the best railway station if you are visiting Badrinath by train. Haridwar is connected by many trains from all part of India.

BY BUS: Badrinath is easily accessible by road. It is located at a distance of 525 Km from Delhi & 296 Km from Rishikesh. There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Badrinath and start very early before dawn. The last bus from Rishikesh leaves for Badrinath before dawn. The road is narrow after Joshimath and travel is not permitted on the road after sunset. Therefore if one misses the bus for Badrinath at Rishikesh bus station, one has to go only up to Rudraprayag, Chamoli or Joshimath and spent the night there to take the early morning bus for Badrinath from that town.

OPENING: Badrinath is open for pilgrimages from April to October. Combine this fact with the pleasant weather of summer and you’ll understand why Badrinath sees the highest volume of tourists during this season.

FAMOUS FOR: Temple and Shrines

THINGS TO DO: Visit Badrinath Temple, Take A Holy Dip, Visit Vasundhara Falls, Visit Narad Kund, Trekking Around Badrinath.



MANA THE LAST VILLAGE

Nestled in the Himalayas, located in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand.

Mana village lies on the banks of Saraswati river, and is around 5 km from the famous Hindu pilgrimage centre Badrinath. This beautiful hamlet is 24 km from the Indo-China border, making it the last village of India.

Uttarakhand government has designated it as a ‘Tourism Village’. Mana is also famous for its woollen garments and materials made up of sheep wool, like, shawls, caps, muffler, ashan, pankhi (which is a thin blanket), carpet, etc.

Mana village holds a huge religious significance for the Hindus, as the place is related to the time of Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas (the five mythological characters from the epic

Mahabharata) passed through Mana Village when they made their final journey to heaven. The place also has a stone bridge near the Saraswati River, called the ‘Bheema Pul’, which is believed to be created by Bheema, one of the five Pandava brothers.



PLACES TO VISIT IN MANA

Neelkanth Peak: Set at an altitude of 6597 ft above sea level, Neelkanth Peak is one of the prime attractions in the region. Also known as ‘Queen of Garhwal’, this snow-clad peak beautifully towers the Badrinath Temple and makes for a must-visit attraction for every adventure and trekking enthusiast.

Tapt Kund: As per Hindu mythology, Tapt Kund is the holy abode of Lord of Fire or Agni. This natural spring is believed to have medicinal properties, and people say that taking a dip in the kund water cures skin diseases.

Vasudhara: This one is a picturesque waterfall, at some 9 km away from Badrinath Temple. Legend has it that Pandavas stayed here for some time when they were in exile.

Vyas Gufa: As the name says, Ved Vyas, the renowned scholar and the writer of the epic, the Mahabharata, lived inside this cave while composing the famous four vedas. What makes this cave interesting is a small shrine, which is dedicated to him and is believed to be more than 5000 years old.

Bheema Pul: One of the prime attractions of Mana Village is Bheema Pul. It is said that Bheem created this stone bridge so that his wife Draupadi could cross Saraswati river during their journey to heaven.


HOW TO REACH MANA

Mana in Uttarakhand can be easily reached from Rishikesh/Haridwar and is only 5 km from Badrinath Temple. The nearest railhead is at Haridwar, around 275 km away and one can take a bus/taxi to reach the village from outside this station. From Dehradun, Mana is only 315 km and regular buses are available from outside the railway station

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Mana village in Uttarakhand is from June to September. It’s recommended that one avoids the monsoon month of August when there are heavy rains almost every day and the roads get blocked frequently.


FAMOUS FOR: trekking, sightseeing

JOSHIMATH

The town of Joshimath is also nicknamed as Jyotirmath and is the winter seat of Lord Badri, whose idol is brought down from Badrinath temple to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. This holy town is revered by the Hindus for being an important pilgrimage center of the country. It is one of the four maths or monasteries that were established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. One can see Kalpvriksha, the oldest tree of India which is believed to be 1200 years old and visit the other noticeable Hindu shrines that are located in the city.

Among the important attractions of Joshimath includes a temple dedicated to Narashima, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Some other temples are dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, and Naudevi and Surya.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Joshimath situated at a distance of 272 kms. It is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport and taxis are easily available to Joshimath.

BY RAIL: The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh railway station at a distance of 250 kms on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India and trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Joshimath is well connected by motorable.

BY ROAD: joshimath is well connected by motorable road with majour destinations of uttrakhand state. You can get to Joshimath from Haridwar or Rishikesh by bus or hiring a taxi. The drive is very scenic and runs along the Ganga and its tributaries. The buses are mostly private-run and generally in poor to average condition. The buses leave from Haridwar/Dehradun/Rishikesh in the morning starting at 4:30 am. The last bus leaves by around 7 am.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to November is the best time to visit joshimath

FAMOUS FOR: Trekking, Chaar Dhaam Route, Hill Station, Winter Chaar Dham, Temple.


NEAR BY PLACES TO SEE IN JOSHIMATH

VISHNUPRAYAG

AULI

AULI ARTIFICIAL LAKE

NANDA DEVI NATIONAL PARK

GORSON BUGYAL

CHATTRAKUND

KWANI BUGYAL

JOSHIMATH

CHENAB LAKE

NARSINGH TEMPLE

TRISHUL PEAK


Vishnuprayg


Vishnuprayag is an epitome of beauty and spirituality. The word ‘Prayag’ refers to confluence. Here, Vishnuprayag meets at the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli Ganga rivers. Both the rivers flow from the Niti Valley to this point. Also, it is the first one from the Panch Prayag, named Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag.

According to the holy Hindu scriptures, this place was named after Lord Vishnu’s appearance. It is widely believed that Sage Narada was meditating here and Vishnu blessed him with his presence. Above the confluence, you can spot the famous Vishnu temple.

How to Reach

By air: Auli is connected to the major cities of India. Delhi would be the closest and most convenient option for travelling. From Delhi, you can get a bus to Rishikesh and from there, you can take a local bus to Auli and then Vishnuprayag.

BY RAIL : The nearest railway station to Vishnuprayag is Rishikesh Railway station. You can easily get private taxis and buses to Joshimath and then a local bus for Vishnuprayag. Auli is situated almost 24 km away and the journey would take almost an hour to reach.

BY ROAD : One of the famous modes of transport, tourists usually prefer this option. Vishnuprayag is well-connected through road with Srinagar, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. You can easily get a taxi, cab, or local buses for reaching your destination. Many transport services are available from Auli to Vishnuprayag for roadways travel.

BEST TIME TO VISIT : February to May is the one of the best times to visit Vishnuprayag. In the Winter the mountains would be covered with snow and routes would be bumpy.

FAMOUS FOR: Religious, Trekking, Hiking.


AULI

Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. Auli is another best and most visited place in Chamoli, where thousands of tourists and visitors come every year and enjoy the snowfall and winter games here. This place is just 12 km away from Joshimath. Auli is the perfect destination for Honeymoon, winter games(skiing etc), Auli artificial lake, ropeway. It is the perfect winter destination for solo, friend groups and with family. Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks, and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli.

HOW TO REACH

BY FLIGHT:The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun. From Dehradun, it is most convenient to travel by taxi or catch a bus to Auli. The bus takes you to Joshimath only, from Joshimath you are required to reach Auli by ropeway or by road.

Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 149 kms from Auli

BY ROAD: You are required to catch a bus or taxi to Joshimath in order to reach Auli. Joshimath is well-connected from the major cities of Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. Buses are also available from Delhi to Joshimath. From Joshimath, Auli lies at a distance of 10 km and you need to cover this distance by ropeway or by road.

BY TRAIN: The nearest railway station to Auli is Haridwar railway station which is situated 273 km away from Auli. Dehradun and Rishikesh railway stations are also considered as the nearest railway heads to Auli. From Haridwar, you can catch a bus plying to Auli or you can hire a cab to Joshimath, from where you need to take the cable car or a bus to Auli.

LOCAL TRANSPORT IN AULI: Cable cars are one of the most popular means of transport in Auli. Otherwise, buses are also available, but irregularly. You can also book cabs from other cities to travel around Auli.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Auli can be visited all through the year. For skiing enthusiasts, January to march is the best time to visit. October to march is the most appropriate time.

ACTIVITIES: Skiing, Trekking, Camping, Cable Car Ride, Helicopter Himalaya Darshan

FAMOUS FOR: Trek, Camp, Chaar Dham Route, Christmas And New Year Honeymoon Destination, Meadow, Ropeways, Skiing.


AULI ARTIFICIAL LAKE

Auli is considered as highest man made lake in the world. The government of uttrakhand has developed this in view of creating artificial. The water from the lake gets used in artificial snowmaking system to feed the snow guns stationed along the ski slopes and thus provide a good skiing surface and extend the ski season. Auli hosted the 1st South Asian Winter Games in 2011 along with Dehradun. The Ice hockey and ice skating events were conducted in Dehradun while the snowboarding and skiing events were held at Auli al snow on the new ski slopes on the event of low snowfall.


NANDA DEVI NATIONAL PARK: A UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITE


Nanda Devi triumphs with the dramatic Nanda Devi National Park that is a natural delight. The park is established on the second highest peak of India and is snuggled at an elevation of 25,643 feet above the ground.

The park features an exotic collection of flora and fauna along with spectacular displays of nature. It boasts of the rich vegetation of rhododendron, birch, juniper, fir, and numerous others that you can witness while touring this quarter.

It also has a wide assortment of fauna that includes leopard, wild langur, brown bear, Himalayan musk deer, and several other unique avifauna communities. Whether you are a nature buff or a wildlife lover, this piece of land is a true treasure for you.

HOW TO REACH

BY AIR: With this, you can save up on a lot of time and land down at the Jolly Grant Airport that is around 295 km away from Nanda Devi National Park.

BY RAIL: The closest railway station to Nanda Devi National Park is Rishikesh that is 276 km away.

BY ROAD: You can either hire a cab or take local State Transport Bus to Joshimath and from there you will have to trek up to Nanda Devi National Park.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October the best time to visit. you can visit from mid-June to mid-September as the weather is quite comforting.


FAMOUS FOR: Adventure, Bird Watching, Natina Park and Bird Sanctuaries, Trekking, Wildlife Tourism


GORSON BUGYAL

Gorson bugyal is a Himalayana Alpine Meadow in Auli, Chamoli district of uttrakhand. Gorson bugyal is a skiing destination. In the winter there is lush green grass all over the meadow. It is the best time for camping and trekking.

It has a well maintained trek route. The trek to gorsan bugyal passes through lush vegetation of apple orchards, oak and deodar forests.

HOW TO REACH

Gurson Bugyal (Gorso Bugyal) is located at an altitude of 3056 mts, just 3 kms trek from Auli. It is a large land of green pastures surrounded by coniferous forest and oak trees.

You can also trek towards Chattarkund, which is just 1 km away from Gurso Bugyal.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: During the spring season and is considered the best time for trekking and camping.

FAMOUS FOR: meadows, trekking, winter treks.

Note There are no accommodation option available at gorson.you can either stay at auli or joshimath.

Tourist plan their trek to Gorson early morning and return before evening.


Chattrakund

Chattrakund is a trekkers and honeymooners spot near auli. A romantic trek of 4 km from auli could be a healthy option away from crowdy auli slopes. Chattrakund is surrounded by lush green forest.

Chattrakund is a small lake of sweet crystal clear water Auli, joshimath. Lake freeze in winter season but melting in summer. Chattrakund is located at 4 KM from Auli and can be reach by trek from Auli.Nearest rail connectivity is at Dehradun or Rishikesh railway station.

HOW TO REACH

AIRPORT: Dehradun Airport (Jolly Grant Airport)" which is just 280.1 KM distance from Chattrakund Lake,Auli.

HELIPAD: Badrinath Helipad" here tourists can get helicopter from Dehradun. Badrinath Helipad is just 58.6 KM distance from Chattrakund Lake, Auli.

RAILWAY: Haridwar Railway Station" which is just 287.3 KM distance from Chattrakund Lake, Auli.

ROADWAY: Bus services are available from Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun to Auli tour.

TIME TO VISIT: Between January To March.

FAMOUS FOR: Crystal clear lakes, trekking


KAWANI BUGYAL

Kwani Bugyal of Auli is often called the trekker’s heaven. It is a famous tourist attraction and is known for the pristine views of various snow-capped peaks it offers. Watch for the magnificence of mountains like Nanda Devi and Dunagiri. The trekking route is Joshimath-Auli-Gurso Bugyal-Kwani Bugyal. This isn’t a tough trek; you can hire porters, cooks, camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, sheets, etc.) and guides for convenience. From Auli, the trekking route is 13 kilometers and is full of panoramic views.

HOW TO REACH

Kwani Bugyal is located at 13 km from Auli and can be only by trek from Auli. Auli can be reach by road and ropeway at distance of 3 km from Joshimath. Nearest rail connectivity is at Dehradun (294 kms) or Rishikesh railway station (256 kms). Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (272 kms) is the only airport to reach near Joshimath.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: During summer tourists throng this place to have a terrific experience in trekking.

FAMOUS FOR: Himalayana View Point, Trekking, Camping

roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar.


CHENAB LAKE

Chenab Lake Trek, one of the lesser known and undisputed trekking trails in the Garhwal Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand, calls those experience lovers who rely on the record of revolving in new and holy nature trails. Along with the scenic view of the beautiful Chenab lake and the oak-pirate timers and tremendous knees, this trek has to face the uninterrupted road between the countless greenery. Open from Joshimath, Uttarakhand, this trek constitutes a piece of Garhwal Range of Himalaya and stretches from a rise of 2050 to 4000 m tallness. For its simple to progressive climb, the trek is thought to be appropriate for even the learners and a guided excursion of 8 evenings and 9 days is sufficient to present you with the best charming components of this trekking campaign.

HOW TO REACH

There is no motorable road to Chenab lake and can only be reached via trekking. Vishnu Prayag, located 10 kms from Joshimath, is the last point which is well connected via motorable road. Joshimath is well connected via other cities such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, and Srinagar etc. as buses and taxis ply daily from these destinations. Nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh (254 kms) while Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport (268 kms).

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Between May to October

FAMOUS FOR: Lake, Trek, Camp


NARSINGH TEMPLE

Narasimha or Narsingh Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, the fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu. This temple is located in Joshimath of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Narasimha Temple is one of the most popular temples of Joshimath. This temple is also called Narasingh Badri or Narasimha Badri. Narasimha Temple is known in the name of Narasimha Devata Temple in Joshimath. This temple is one of the Pilgrimage of the Sapta Temples. Lord Narasimha is known to protect his devotee Prahlad and to kill the monster Hiranyakashipu.

The idol of God Narasimha established in the temple, is made of stone of Shaligram. This statue was constructed during the reign of King Lalitaditya Yukta Pida of Kashmir in the eighth century. It is also believed that this idol of Narasimha Deity is self manifested . The image is 10 inches (25 cm) high and depicts God sitting in lotus position.

HOW TO REACH

Narsingh is sitiated at lower bazar in Joshimath. One can reach Narsingh temple easily by walk from Joshimath bus stand. Nearest rail connectivity is at Dehradun or Rishikesh railway station. Jolly grant airport, Dehradun is the only Airport to reach near Joshimath.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: The journey of Narsingh Temple can be done throughout the year, Best time is between the month of October to may.

FAMOUS FOR: Temple


TRISHUL PEAK

Amongst all the major peaks of the Himalayan range, Trishul is one of the most famous and challenging climbs for an avid trekker or trekking enthusiast. Looked from a distance, the beauty of Trishul along with the other mountain peaks in this range, is simply breathtaking and its pristine beauty draws tourists from all over the world.

HOW TO REACH

The Trisul massif can be accessed via the following route: Almora - Kausani- Garur Gwaldam - Debal - Bagargad - Wan - Bedini Bugyal - Kelva Vinayak - Roopkund - Trisul.

ROAD: Kausani is very well connected to all the important town and cities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis are easily available from Kathgodam, the major transport junction for the Kumaun Hills.

RAIL: Ramnagar railway station is the nearest railway station from Kausani from where you can commute to all important cities. You can take a bus, taxi or any other mode transport to reach here.

AIR: Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport from Kausani located at a distance of about 291 kilometers. With the available means of transport you can easily reach the airport which is well maintained and ensures convenience.

BEST SEASON TO VISIT: In the months of July, August and September.

FAMOUS FOR nature lovers, photography, seekers.


RUDRANATH

Rudranath Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. The third shrine that is to be visited on the Panch Kedar pilgrimage tour, Rudranath is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is nurtured at the confluence of the great Garhwal Himalayan mountains.along with it, the place is ideal for trakkers and nature lovers who want to relish the pristine natural beauty of uttrakhand.

HOW TO REACH:

BY AIR: Rudranath is located on Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun which is about 258 km from Gopeshwar. Taxi and bus services are available from Dehradun airport to Gopeshwar.

BY TRAIN: Rudranath is located on Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. Rishikesh Haridwar & Dehradun all have Railway Stations. Nearest rail-head from Gopeshwar is Rishikesh (241 km approx). From Rishikesh one can take a bus/Taxi to reach Gopeshwar.

BY ROAD: Rudranath is located on Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. From Rishikesh, the entry point is at Sagar village is 219 km. A 20 km trek from Sagar will end at Rudranath.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer is deemed as the best time or season to plan the holidays in Rudranath. In winter, due to snow, the roads get blocked and it becomes impossible to trek.

FAMOUS FOR: Temple, trek, sightseeing.



VALLEY OF FLOWEES

The valley of flowers lies deep inside Uttarakhand in the Chamoli district.

The valley of flowers was declared as the National park of India and it is now UNESCO world heritage site. The region of valley of flowers is rich in varied flora and fauna.

The trek of valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glacier and waterfalls on the way.

The valley of flowers seems to change its colours throughout the season from May to October, as blooms hundreds of different flowers, taking on various colours and shades as time progresses.

The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakmamal, the blue poppy and the yellow cobra lily.

The valley is very popular among international tourists. The trek starts at a place called Govindghat. This valley is part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve which is one of UNESCO world network of Biosphere Reserve.


HOW TO REACH VALLEY OF FLOWERS

Valley of flowers is located in the state of Uttarakhand. You can only drive up to the base Govindghat. Govindghat is connected by road to Dehradun and other major cities in Uttarakhand.

By Air:The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun. The airport is well connected by daily flights to Delhi.

By Train:Rishikesh is the nearest railway station. Taxis and buses are available from here to reach Govindghat.

By Road:Motorable roads exist only till Govindghat. From Govindghat, you will have to trek 16 km to reach Valley of Flowers. Govindgaht is well connected by buses to Delhi and other major destinations of Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Pauri, Chamoli, Ukhimath Srinagar, etc

Time to visit: The gated to valley of flowers open at the beginning of June for tourist and trekkers. But the best time to visit is between July and September.

Every year valley of flowers closes in October/November for tourist and trekkers.

Famous for: flowers lovers, botanists, trekkers, photography, bird and butterflies watchers and wildlife photographers.

Activities: Trekking, Pilgrimage, Village Tourism

Food: there are no eating point in the valley. It is highly recommended to take pack lunch and refreshment in your day pack. Only place you will find restaurant at Ghanghariya.

Places to see in valley of flowers

GHANGARIA

Ghangaria is the last habited village one encounters on the Valley of Flowers trek.Ghangaria is a major stopover for travelers, visiting Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers. This bijou place is coiffed at an elevation of 3,050 meters in Uttarakhand. Ghangaria is covered by a thick blanket of snow during winters and remains closed between December-April. Ghangaria is a little hamlet one comes across while traveling towards Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Since night halt at Valley of Flowers is not permitted, trekkers and tourists tend to find accommodation at Ghangaria. There is plenty of options available ranging from private. Apart from that, one can find eating options at the hotels which have an in-house restaurant.



HEMKUND SAHIB & HEMKUND LAKE

Hemkund Sahib is the holy pilgrim site of the Sikhs located in the Chamoli district near valley of flowers.Hemkund sahib and Hemkund lake is easily accessible from Ghangariya, situated ata distance of 13 km from Govind ghat. The tenth guru of the Sikhs guru Govind singh ji mediated at Hemkund sahib for years. The place could be reached through trekking. The snow capped mountains are breath taking and the ambiance is serene in Hemkund saheb.

Hemkund Sahib is also known for the Snow lake situated at an height of 4329m above sea level.Devotee who visit Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara take a holy dip in this lake before paying obeisance at the shrine.


GOPESHWER

It is one of the most important towns in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is famous for its Shiva temples and natural beauty enhanced by its wonderful weather.

Gopeshwar also shelters the University of Garhwal, and thus, enjoys being an important educational hub in the state. So, apart from being a vital pilgrimage site, this tourism place in Uttarakhand is ideal for education and is a significant base for visiting various religious sites and naturally beautiful destinations in the state.

Gopeshwer is surrounded by four famous temples of Tunganath, Anusuya devi, Rudranath and Badrinath.

HOW TO REACH:


BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer and Winter are considerd the ideal season to visit

FAMOUS FOR: pilgrimage, nature walks, temple, chaar dham route.


Karnaprayag

The city of Karnaprayag is one of the sacred Panch Prayags that's situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar River. Considered as one of the most important travel destinations in Uttarakhand, it is a holy site blessed with superfluous nature's beauty.

This holy place is reckoned to be the place where even Swami Vivekananda meditated, and thus, one can estimate its sanctity. This religiously significant place is backed by an interesting tale of Karna from Mahabharat who was gifted with Kavach and Kundal by his father Lord Surya, so as to provide safety to him during the war.

HOW TO REACH

BY AIR: nearest airport is jolly grant airport,Dehradun

BY RAILWAY: nearest railway station is Rishikesh, 172km

BY ROAD karnaprayag is well connected by motorable roads with major destination of Uttarakhand state.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: karanprayag can be visited all round the year but the best time to visit between January and April.

FAMOUS FOR: Pilgrimage and Scenic Beauty

PLACES TO VISIT IN KARNAPRAYAG

UMA DEVI TEMPLE ( 2 kms) The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Large number of devotees visit the shrine during the Shivratri festivals.

CHANDIKA MAI TEMPLE (6 kms) The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandika ( Kali) and Rajrajeshwari. Large number of devotees visit the shrine during the Shivratri festivals



NANANDPRAYAG

Situated in Chamoli district, Nandaprayag is another confluence from the Panch Prayag. You can witness the convergence of two rivers, the Alaknanda and Mandakini. Apart from the religious and spiritual belongings, Nandaprayag is famous for enthralling adventures like trekking, rafting, skiing, and rock climbing etc. This place also is a gateway to the pilgrimage site, Badrinath.

It is believed that a holy dip in the confluence of nandprayag is capable of washing all the sins.


BY AIR: Nearest airport is jolly grant airport,Dehradun. Then many intra state buses to board from Dehradun.you can book cab fro Dehradun to reach nandaprayg.

BY RAILWAY: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh, 172km. Then you can take a bus or cab.

BY ROAD: Karnaprayag is well connected by motorable roads with major destination of Uttarakhand state. There are many buses that run between nandprayag and Rishikesh or Srinagar.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: the best time to visit nandprayag is during the onset of summers.the climate remain quite pleasant.

FAMOUS FOR: chaar dham route, panch prayag, pilgrimage, meditation




KALPESHWAR

Kalpeshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located at Urgam valley in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. The temple's ancient legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of epic Mahabharat. At this small stone temple, approached through a cave passage, the Matted tress (jata) of Lord Shiva is worshipped. Hence, Lord Shiva is also called as Jatadhar or Jateshwar.

Many trekking enthusiasts and devotees commence the Kalpeshwar trek as it offers stunning views of the untouched valley, the terraced fields, the dense woods, guiding the mortals to the shrine of Lord Shiva. One can see the old Kalpvriksha tree here, which is believed to grant the wishes of the devotees.

The Kalpeshwar trek starts from Urgam village where the buoyant Kalpganga River flows in eternity. This area has many sprawling apple orchards and potato farms. Earlier the trek route existed from Helang to Kalpeshwar via Urgam village, having a trek distance of 10 km. But now jeepable roads are available from Helang to Urgam, now it's just 1 km trek to Kalpeshwar.

HOW TO REACH

kalpeshwar can only be reached via a trek from the urgam village. a good jeep-able road is constructed from Helang to Devgram so from Urgam it's just 300 meters trek to reach Kalpeshwar temple . The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, Dehradun at a distance of 272 km and the nearest railhead, Rishikesh, is 255 km.

BEST TIME TO VISIT kalpeshwar is the only panch kedar that accessible throughtout the year

FAMOUS FOR piligrimage, trekking, photography, temple. Brahmatal Trek Overview




BRAHMATAL TREK


Another jewel of the Himalayas which is untouched by trekkers around the world is the trek, which is devoted to Lord Brahma. It is beautifully positioned amidst the Himalayas and covered with blankets of snow. The trail allows you to see the centuries-old forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Walking in meadows besides Brahamatal Ridge you can see many sites of Roopkund Trek. A glance at the Garhwal Mountains in the distance on a clear day will totally melt your heart. Apart from the uneven terrain, the trek is filled with beautiful landscapes, sprawling forests, mighty Garhwal mountains stretch across the turquoise skies and everywhere around you will be the white undulating snowfields. Once you cross the shadows of the trees, the full grandeur of the Himalayas hit you. Never-ending ridgelines, sprawling Bugiyals, High altitude lakes, snow on the trail and majestic peak views make it a compelling proposition for a winter trek. Brahmatal is a hidden and secluded lake amidst the ridge, where Lord Brahma meditated according to the mythology. The frozen blue lake with the mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks overlooking it creates a mesmerizing.

HOW TO REACH

BY AIR: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun and is easily accessible, it is just 25 km away from the city. Daily flights from New Delhi are available to this airport. You will have to take a private cab from the airport to Lohajung or you can take a bus to Lohajung from the bus stand which starts early in the morning.

By Train: Dehradun railway station. Overnight trains that hail from Delhi are Nandadevi Express and Dehradun Express. People often prefer railways over airways because with trains you get to see the landscape in its full glory, it is also cheaper and you will definitely enjoy your way till Dehradun. You will have to take a private cab from the airport to Lohajung or you can take a bus to Lohajung from the bus stand which starts early in the morning.

By Road:Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate which plies government buses that are safe and you can rely on them more than the private buses. You will have to take a private cab from the airport to Lohajung or you can take a bus to Lohajung from the bus stand which starts early in the morning.

Best Time To Travel: The best time to scale the Brahma tal Trek is in the winter months of January and February.

FAMOUS FOR: Trekking, Sightseeing.


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