The sheet of soft grass far and wide, the cool winds passing through the mountain valleys and the musical beginning of the rivers flowing together. Chamoli is a beautiful hill district of the Garhwal division that has many natural reserves sitting inside it.
Decorated with innumerable tourist destinations, this hilly district is considered to be the pride of Uttarakhand. Many major religious places of the state come under this district. From the Valley of Flowers to Badrinath pilgrimage places are counted among the main attractions of Chamoli. Let us know how special this beautiful district of Uttarakhand is for you in terms of tourism.
1 . Vasundhara Waterfalls
There are many small and big waterfalls in the Chamoli district of Garhwal, but the name of Vasundhara Falls comes in the selected most special waterfalls. One has to travel to Badrinath to reach here. This beautiful waterfall is built on the river Alaknanda.
The distance from Badrinath to here is only 9 km. For this, you will first have to travel by road (3 km) to Mana village. After which you will have to complete the last 6 km through trekking. The height of this waterfall is about 400 feet. Vasundhara Falls is an ideal option while visiting Chamoli.
Auli Hill Station located in Chamoli is counted among the selected most special mountain destinations of Uttarakhand. Spread over an area of 5-7 km, this place is also known as ski-resort. Auli is known for its snow-capped peaks, which are almost surrounded by deodar forests. Auli tour is an ideal option to get relief from the scorching heat of North India. Where you can spend quality time with your friends as well as your family.
If you want to get the feel of winters even in summer, then you must make a plan here. For the lovers of photography and nature's beauty, this place is no less than a paradise. You can come here any time during the summer.
Apart from the natural scenery, if you want, you can plan to visit the religious places located in Chamoli. Gopeshwar is counted among the special pilgrimage places of the district, tourists and devotees going to Badrinath and Kedarnath definitely stop here and visit the Gopeshwar Shiva temple.
Gopeshwar falls during the journey from Badrinath to Kedarnath. This place can be called the boundary area where Shiva places start after Lord Vishnu.
4. Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers, famous for more than 500 species of flowers, is counted among the main attractions of Uttarakhand. The Discovery of Valley of Flowers is credited to a foreign traveller Frank. Goes to S-Smith. He was influenced by this valley and also wrote a book named 'Valley of Flowers'. The Valley of Flowers is also famous for a major trek route that starts from Govind Ghat. The Valley of Flowers, famous for its natural climate, has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can come here to enjoy the natural beauty during summers. You will get a chance to see amazing mountain flora up close here. There are also some plants whose form appears like an animal.
5. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath is counted among the major pilgrimage places of India. This mythological temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated on the banks of river Alaknanda. Badrinath is one of the four dhams of Hindus. According to religious beliefs, when the holy Ganges descended on the earth, it was divided into 12 streams, out of which one stream became famous as Alaknanda. There is also a famous legend behind Badrinath, it is believed that Lord Vishnu had done severe penance for many years, it started snowing during his penance.
To save Lord Vishnu from the snow, Mata Lakshmi took the form of a Badri (plum) tree. When Lord Vishnu came to know after penance that Goddess Lakshmi had protected him, he said that from today onwards Goddess Lakshmi will also be worshipped with me in the name of Badri.
Nandprayag, the confluence of the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers, is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus. The height of this hill station is about 2805 feet above sea level. Nand Prayag is also included in the famous Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand. If you want, you can visit this beautiful pilgrimage site during the tour of the Chamoli district. You can visit Gopal Ji's temple located here.
It is believed that today's Nandprayag was once a part of the Yadu dynasty. Nandprayag is considered an important destination in terms of religious tourism. There are many religious beliefs associated with Nandprayag which make it a special place.
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