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Location : Northern Uttarakhand
Main Attractions : Badrinath, Kedarnath
Skiing Resort : Auli Bugyal
Best Season : Throughout the Year
The district of Chamoli is located in the northern outskirts of Uttarakhand which used to be a part of Garhwal before. During 1960, the district was established with its head quarters located at Gopeshwar, which is well-known for its healthy climate. The major locations in Chamoli town are Okhimath , Karanprayag and Joshimath.
The land of Chamoli district nestles between the borders of neighboring countries since the northern part of Chamoli shares its frontiers with Tibet. The bordering districts of Chamoli are Tehri, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Pithoragarh , Uttarkashi, and Almora. The most revered ones among the Hindu pilgrimages in India lie at Chamoli district. The famous Hindu pilgrimage Kedarnath and Badrinath are situated in Chamoli along with other religious centers like Lake Hemkund Sahib, Tapovan, Panch Badri, magnificent temples of Gopeshwar, the Valley of Flowers and Triyuginarayan. The internationally famed skiing resort at Auli is one of the major tourist spots in Chamoli. Skiing options at this resort are plenty and ranges from gentle to tough slopes.
The place Gopeshvara is positioned over a hill-plateau. Gopeshvara is 3 miles away from the town of Chamoli and lies beside the bank of Alakananda River, which is a tributary of the Ganga. The place also has the famous Gopeshvara Mahadeva Temple.
Wildlife Reserves :
The bountiful nature of the cities of Uttarakhand shows the blessing of God as they are bestowed with thick forests, picturesque green valleys and charming flowers. Beholders,are enthralled by the majestic natural views, sometimes believe that this is the real paradise where once God preferred to stay. The district of Chamoli is not an exception as it includes wildlife reserves that are worth a look.
Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of about 967 sq kms. The location of the sanctuary is at Garhwal Himalayas and thus tourists can get splendid views of mountains and dales from this sanctuary. The sanctuary is a peaceful area and visitors are amazed by the wealth of flora and fauna in it.
Nanda Devi National Park is another reserve of flora in Garhwal region of Chamoli district. The entry to this park is through Mata Village which is a splendid site for survey.