Chamoli District | Chamoli travel Guide | How to reach Chamoli | Place to visit in Chamoli

LanguageGarhwali, Hindi, English
Best time to visitThrought the year
TypePilgrimage, Religious, Trekking, Adventure


Chamoli district is the second largest district of Uttarakhand state in terms of area. It is bordered by Tibet and Pithoragarh in the north, Almora in the south, Pauri Garhwal in the southwest, Rudraprayag in the west and Uttarkashi in the northwest. The administrative headquarters of Chamoli district is sited in Gopeshwar town.

In 1960, it was separated from Garhwal and a new district was shaped. Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is famous for Temples and pilgrimages. The Chamoli town is situated on the banks of river Alaknanda and works as a relaxing place for pilgrims.

The Chamoli district is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. The mountain ranges, rivers and valleys are associated with countless deities and goddesses. Many Hindu pilgrimage sites are located in Chamoli, two of which are: Badrinath and Kedarnath.

The Northern Pitha Joshimath, which was founded by Shankaracharya, is also located in Chamoli. Three out of five Prayagas – Karanpraag, Nandraprayag and Vishnupyag are also located in Chamoli. Every year over lakhs of pilgrims and tourists are come to roam here.

List of tehsils in Chamoli District:

Gairsain: It is 90 km far from Gopeshwar, Chamoli and 295 km far from Dehradun. This place is situated at a height of  1,650 above from sea level.

Joshimath: This place is famous for potato (Pahadi Aalu), situated at a distance of 63 km from Gopeshwar, Chamoli and 293 km from Dehradun.

Karnaprayag: It is one of the five Prayags of Uttarakhand where there is a confluence of the Alaknanda and Pindar rivers. It is 45 km far from Gopeshwar, Chamoli and at a distance of 213 km from Dehradun.

Pokhari:  It is 66 km far from Gopeshwar, Chamoli and at a distance of 232 km from Dehradun.

Tharali: It is situated on the border of Chamoli and Pauri Garhwal district. It is 89 km far from Gopeshwar, Chamoli and at a distance of 259 km from Dehradun.

General Information:

Division- Garhwal

Headquarter- Gopeshwar

Area- 7,520 km2

Population- 391,605

Density- 49/km2

Literacy- 82.65%

Sex ratio- 1019

Vehicle Registration- UK11


Chamoli is also known for winter sports, Auli is one of the top skiing destinations in India. The people of the district are in the front position in efforts to save the environment. Chamoli is also the origin of “Chipko Movement”.

History of Chamoli District

Chamoli is also known as the land of forts, Garhwal was known as Kedar-Khand in Skandpuran. In the Puranas, Kedar-Khand was known as the home of God. It is believed that Veda, Purana, Ramayana, and Mahabharata have been created in Kedar-Khand.  Lord Ganesh created the first script of the Vedas in Vyas cave, which is located only 4 kilometers away from Badrinath.  Kalidas also wrote many of his mythical works in Chamoli.

According to the Rig Veda, the Shapt Rishis in the flood of 1017-19 had come to the village Mana in Chamoli and protected their life. Apart from this, it is believed that the roots of Vedic literature originate from Garhwal because many words in the Garhwali language are of Sanskrit.

Padukeshwar, a small village situated on the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, from where Badrinath is only 25 km away, this village is known as the austerity place of King Pandu.

How to reach Chamoli

The nearest Railway station from Chamoli, Gopeshwar is Haridwar railway station which is 240 km far from this place, Dehradun railway station is 250 km far from this place. One can reach to Haridwar bus station by auto. From Haridwar bus station one can easily reach to Chamoli.

The nearest airport from Chamoli is Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun which is 230 km far from this place. From Jolly grant airport, one can go to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Or Dehradun bus station from where it is easy to reach Chamoli.

Chamoli is well connected to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar Garhwal so it is easy to travel by road to Chamoli district. 

  • If you are traveling with your own vehicle then take with you an experienced driver, who has experience of driving on the mountainous roads.
  • Carry warm clothes during the winter season.
  • Keep the environment of Devbhoomi clean.

Place to visit in Chamoli

Badrinath – It is located 39 km from Joshimath. It is one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand.

Panch Badri- Badrinath, etc. Badri, future Badri, old Badri, Yogdhyan Badri, these five places are known as Punch Badri.

Hemkund Sahib- 24 km from Joshimath is located at a distance. This is the holy pilgrimage place of the Sikhs.

Roop Kund- 73 kms from Karnprayag is far.

Valley of flowers- it is situated at a distance of 28 km from Joshimath. Nanda Devi National Park – It is situated at a distance of 55 km from Joshimath.

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