Chamoli Garhwal District – Chamoli Travel Guide

The Chamoli district is well known for its beauty in all over the India and world as well. Chamoli district is one of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand and has its district headquarter in Gopeshwar. IT is surrounded by beautiful hills as Tibet in north, Almora in south, Rudraprayag in west, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar in east.

Chamoli Garhwal

Chamoli Garhwal

Chamoli is also known for various pilgrimages of Uttarakhand as Badrinath and Henkund Sahib many other holiest places are here. Not only pilgrimages but Chamoli have full of tourist places like Auli and Velly of flowers.

History of Chamoli District

The history of Chamoli district is very old and cam in existence from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. In the past the region is called as Kedar Khanda. This is also believed that the Vyasa Gufa where Lord Ganesha has scripted Vedas is here in Mana.

Among all 52 Garhas this was the strongest Garh. In the 8th Sept 1803 there was an earthquake that weakened the economic and administrative strength of Garhwal. Gorkha taken advantage of this situation and attacked to the Garhwal, under the command of Amar Singh Thapa and Hasti Dal Chanturia. From 1804 to 1815 the region was remain under Gorkhas.

With the help of British military the king Sudarshan Shah defected Gorkhas. He merged the eastern part of Mandakini and Alaknanda along with the Srinagar which was capital that time in British Garhwal. The capital was set up to Tehri instead of Srinagar then. Earlier, British ruler kept this area under Saharanpur and Dehradun but later there was a new district established named as Pauri and Chamoli became a tehsil of this district. This tehsil was upgraded to a district in 24th Feb 1960. In Oct 1997 the Rudraprayag has been separated from Chamoli district with two complete tehsil and two other blocks. Now the chamoli district has its district headquarter in Gopeshwar.

Bhekal Taal

Bhekal Taal

Chamoli Tourism

The pilgrimages, hill stations, advantageous sports spots, beautiful river banks and amazing climatic conditions makes the Chamoli as world famous and a favorite tourist destination for travelers throughout the year. The pilgrimages are full of spirituality and keep values for the different religions. The hill destinations make Chamoli tourism as perfect for the tourist not only these things but the fabulous climatic conditions make Chamoli tourism as Haven for those who likes the weather of hills.

Narsing Temple Joshimath

Narsing Temple Joshimath

Temples in Chamoli

  • Badrinath
  • Narasingha Temple
  • Hemkund Sahib
  • Uma Devi Temple
  • Bhavishya Badri
  • Adi Badri
  • Gopinath Temple
  • Rudranath Temple
  • Yogdhyan Badri Temple
Bedni Bugyal

Bedni Bugyal

Places to visit in Chamoli District

  • Auli
  • Gopeshwar
  • Vasudhara
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Satopanth Lake
  • Bedni Bugyal
  • Roop Kund
  • Badrinath
  • Tapovan
  • Gwaldam
  • Joshimath
  • Mana Village
  • Kagbhusandi Tal
  • Nanda devi Sanctuary
  • Hemkund Sahib
  • Kuari Pass
  • Rudranath

Fairs and Festivals

The Chamoli district is fills of with the Hindu population mostly so the fairs and festivals of Chamoli district are as per the Hindus. All festivals are played here with the full of joy and these been a part of people of Chamoli. Ram Navami, Naag Panchmi, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Dussehra, Diwali, Makar Sankranti, Shivaratri and Holi are some famous festivals of Chamoli.

Nanda Devi Raj Jat is the most famous and spiritual fair of Chamoli and every year lots of followers join this event and the Nanda Devi Raj Jat yatra which is originated from Nanda Devi Raj Jat.

How to Reach

By Air
The nearest domestic airport from Chamoli is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun. The Airport is about 227 KMs from the district. Nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi.

By Train
Rishikesh (about 207 Kms), Kotdwar (about 237 Kms) and Haridwar (242 Kms) are some nearest railway stations from Chamoli district. One can easily pick taxies or buses from these railway station to the Chamoli.

By Road
Chamoli is well connected with all districts and cities of Uttarakhand and other places of India. State transportation’s and local transportation’s are easily available and can be availed to visit Chamoli.

Other Information about Chamoli

  • Area : 8030 Sq KM
  • Altitude : 3133 m
  • Population : 391,114 (2011)
  • Literacy : 83.84% (2011)
  • Headquarters : Gopeshwar
  • Temperature in Summer : 30°C(max); 15°C(min)
  • Temperature in Winter : 24°C(max); 0°C(min)
  • Languages : Hindi and English
  • Dialects: Garhwali, Kumauni, Pahadi, Bhotia
  • STD Code: 01372
  • Pin code: 246401

Kutch: A Melting Pot of Tribal Cultures in a Barren Marshland

rann of kutch

Rann of Kutch

The largest Gujarati district, Kutch is like no other region of India and mostly a desert area. The emptiness in the landscape is made up by the rich myriad of tribal communities- each proud of its individual language and lifestyle yet forming an intriguing and flourishing tribal collage unique to this region of India.

History of Kutch

Just like the present day Kutch’s tapestry of cultures, the past of this tribal district is dotted with reigns under various dynasties, kingdoms and foreign settlers. These deserted places have revealed traces of the earliest Indus Valley Civilization, with the eastern tributary of the Indus River leading to the present day lake Rann. There are records of Mauryan empire wanting seize this district from the Greeks. The other reigning kingdoms include Sahiras of Sindu and much later the Samma Rajputs,

Tourism in Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Tours in Kutch are usually in time for a tribal celebration as festivals are held almost every month. From the Jat Muslim festival, Mai Bhambi in the Mai village in February, to the Ahir festival, Habaimata in the Habai village in October, visitors can enjoy the insight to these vibrant tribes and cultures. Kutch is famous for the indigenous handicraft and their amazingly decorated mud walls are mini art galleries lining the village streets.

Historic Sites

The administrative city Bhujis Tourism spot with historical significance. A fortress city during the reign the Indian kingdoms and seized by the British in 1819. The three royal palaces constructed by Rao Pragmalji, have marvellous architecture such as the Aaina Mahal known to be a most exquisite monument with its artistic qualities that shows European influence. The Kutch Museum was previously called Fergusson Museum, constructed in 1877 by Maharao Khengarji III. Built in Italian style and standing tall along the Hamirsar Lake’s banks, it is home to treasure chest of collection of the Kshatrapa inscriptions, varying archaeological artifacts and specimens of the traditional rich crafts of the Kutch district.

To step back into the times of Indus valley civilization, the ancient town of Dholavira the perfect travel destination to tour the excavation sites of the great Harappan ruins.

Beach Tours

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Narendra Modi with Jawans at border areas of Kutch

Scenic Kutch Mandvi beach is ideal for swimming with the backdrop of beautiful sunsets and long peaceful walks in the soft white sand. There are wind mills nearby, camel and horse rides, and shopping galore in this historic town. Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach is a magnet for water sports lovers as there are a variety of aquatic sports such as water scooting, parasailing, surfing and speed boat trips to give the adrenalin seekers a thumping good time With exciting tours for fans of history, culture and water sports, the travel itinerary for Kutch has something for any adventure seeking traveller.

Facts:

  • Area (square kilometers) -2873.5 Sq. km.
  • Population -1,526,321.
  • Elevation -300m.
  • Geographical Location (coordinates)-23.13°-24.68°N and 68.10°-71.80°E.
  • Climate-Tropical.
  • Primary Rainy season-July to September.
  • Temperatures -From 20 C in winter to 45 C in summer.
  • Languages-Gujarati, Hindi, and local dialects- Kutchi and Sindhi.
  • Best Season-Late October to early April.
  • Places to visit- Bhuj, Prag Mahal, Cenotaphs of Kutch rulers, Snake Temple at Bhujiyo Hill Fort, Swami Narayan Temple, Dholavira, Ahmedpur Mandvi Beach, Kutch Mandvi Beach, Wild Ass Sanctuary.

Ghats on River Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Tour to India cannot be complete without a visit to the holy city Varanasi – city of temples and Ghats.

Varanasi is situated on the banks of the river Ganges (most sacred river in India & Gomukh is the origin of Ganga which is situated 18 km from Gangotri Dham ) and it has been a cultural and religious center of India for several thousands of years. This city has been regarded as a holy city for both Buddhists and Jains, but it has been even more important for Hindus – for them, Varanasi is the holiest place on the Earth.

History of Varanasi

Varanasi is considered as one of the oldest inhabited areas on the world, and the oldest in India. The legend says that the city was founded by Lord Shiva itself, some five thousand years ago (although historians believe that the city is probably three thousand years old). This is the reason why the city is the most important pilgrimage site for Hindus. There is no Hindu script that does not mention Varanasi. It was the cultural and commercial center of the Kashi Kingdom and its capital during the life of Gautama Buddha The city was famous for its fabrics, especially muslin and silk, Varanasi saris (regional type of saris made of silk), ivory products and perfumes. During 18th century Kingdom of Kashi was independent but then it came under the rule of British Empire. Today, Varanasi is a part of Uttar Pradesh.

Varanasi Ghats

Every year, more than one million Pilgrims and devotees of all major religions in India together with tourists from all over the world visit Varanasi.

varanasi ghats

Varanasi Ghat

Being founded by Lord Shiva, Varanasi is one of the most sacred Pilgrimage sites in Hinduism. Devotees believe that bathing in the waters of Ganges can wash away all past sins. People who die in Varanasi liberate their soul, achieve Moksha (final release) and stop the cycle of reincarnation.

For Buddhists, Varanasi stands next to Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Lumbini, Pilgrimage sites being designated by Buddha.

For Jains, Varanasi is also important Pilgrimage site, as they believe it is a birth place of Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Tirthankar (holy man, propagator, who achieved enlightenment and became a teacher for those needing spiritual guidance).

There are more than 100 Ghats in Varanasi – some of them are very old, dating back to prehistoric times, connected with many myths and legends, and some of them are new. Most of them are for bathing, but there are also a number of them for cremation.

Dasaswamedh Ghat (The Ghat of Ten Sacrificed Horses) is the main Ghat in the Holy City. It is believed that on this place, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses in order for Lord Shiva to return from its banishment.

Man Mandir Ghat, built by Maharaja of Jaipur houses the observatory Jantar Mantar. Maharaja was interested in science and technology. He sent a group of scientist of that time to study foreign observatories and come up with a design for Jantar Mantar. Some of the original instruments from that time are still accurate and in use.

Manikarnika Ghat is a very old Ghat, in line with Dasaswamedh Ghat. It is the main cremation site, the symbol of destruction and creation at the same time.

The best way for tourists to experience Varanasi would be on a boat cruise along Ganges, in the early morning or after sunset. In the morning, they can observe people offering morning prayers and water to the God Surya (Sun). In the evening they can watch Puja performed by the group of priests lifting lighted chandeliers in the honour of the River, Fire, Lord Shiva and the whole Universe. Plan your Varanasi tour during festivals season (from September to December) and enjoy the buzzing ghats, riches of colours and beautiful music in this mesmerizing city.

Famous Hindu Temples in Haridwar

Haridwar is a very sacred place in India. The meaning of Haridwar is ‘Harika Dwaar’ or we can say ‘The doorway of God’. It is the place with lots of big and small temples of goddess and god, According to folklore the Lord Brahma made their prayer in Haridwar, Vishnu and Shiva have also came in this place, a number of times. Some of the famous temples are given below:

Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Temple: – Chandi Devi temple which is to be found on the peak of Neel Parvat. In 1929 AD the emperor of Kashmir Suchat Singh constructs this temple. It is believed that in 8th century Ad the main inscribe was recognized by the Adi Shankaracharya. The Chandi Devi Temple is now easy to get to by a tramway which begins next to the Gauri Shankar Temple.

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple: – On the top of Bilwa Parvat the temple is placed is known by Mansa Devi Temple. To reach there you can take the ropeway. To have a marvelous vision of Haridwar the crown of the hill is the peaceful place to be into. This is the temple which is devoted to Mansa Devi, the Avatar of Goddess Durga.

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple: – The Vaishno Devi temple is saucily built and an accurately placed imitation of the real Vaishno Devi temple which is located in Jammu & Kashmir. The number of followers always visits there. Alike to the temple in Jammu, the way most important to adoration Goddess Vaishno Devi is total of burrows and spelunk. It is believed that the Goddess sanctify only those who really propose to look for her blessings from the bottom of their hearts.

Daksh Mahadev Temple

Daksh Mahadev Temple

Daksh Mahadev Temple: – In the south Kankhal town the earliest Daksha Mahadev temple is to be found. According to mythical the father of sati conducts a yagya in which Lord Shiva was not invited so sati felt insulted of her husband and she burned herself in the yagya kund by this Lord Shiva got angered and he killed king daksha but later Lord Shiva gave him life back and thus Daksha Mahadev temple is thus a tribute to this legend. This temple was constructed by Queen Dankaur in AD 1810.

Maya Devi temple

Maya Devi temple

Maya Devi temple: – Maya Devi temple is an earliest temple of the Adhisthatri god of Haridwar, which is also famous as one of the Siddhartha. This temple is devoted to the power of goddess. It is assumed that in this place the heart and belly button of Goddess Sati had fallen.

Bharat Mata Mandir

Bharat Mata Mandir

Bharat Mata Mandir: – This temple is devoted to Bharat Mata which is a multi-storey temple; with each story portray an age in the Indian History, from the age of Ramayana till India’s self-rule.

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple

Doodhadhari Barfani Temple:-This temple multifaceted in white sandstone is one of most stunning in Haridwar, more than ever the temples of Ram-Sita and Hanuman.

Sureshwari Devi Temple

Sureshwari Devi Temple

Sureshwari Devi Temple: – This Temple is to be found on the lap of Shivalik range. Haridwar is gateway to four famous pilgrimages of Uttarakhand Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath & Kedarnath.  Experience this holy place & cleanse your body, mind and the spirit, also experience Ganga Aarti and Hark ki Pauri floating diyas in the waters of Ganges. Behind the ages Haridwar has also become a main education center for science, arts and civilization.