Chamoli (Border district of Uttarakhand)
The little busy town of Chamoli is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda. The second route from Sri Kedarnath coming via Ukhimath and Chopta meets the first route here at Chamoli.
Accommodation facilities are developing now. Some average class hotels have come up and some are under construction. Chamoli is 10 km from Nandprayag, 147 km from Sri Kedarnath 96 km from Sri Badrinath, and 202 km from Rishikesh.
This delightful retiring resort is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and the Birahi Ganga, which earlier was noted for good trout. Fishing is banned now. Birahi is just 8 km from Chamoli. This small place has some good places to stay.
Pipalkoti, 17 km from Chamoli is a busy town cradled in the lap of lush green mountains and terraced fields. There are simple and clean eating places, hotels and dharamshalas for a night’s rest which offer an intimate glimpse of the warm-hearted hill folk. The tourist bungalow offers reasonably good accommodation. Recently some good hotels have come up for the travellers. During summer this place becomes an important eating and halting station.
Close by is the Vishnu Garh Pipalkoti hydro project being constructed by THDC for generation of 300 mw electricity.
From Pipalkoti, one travels for 5 km to a small chatti, called Garur Ganga, located on the banks of small rivulet of the same name. Legend has it that when Lord Badrinathji was on His way to Badrivan, He left His carrier, Garur the eagle, at this place and continued His journey on foot. Garur decided to live on the banks of this rivulet, and because the eagle is an arch killer of snakes, the belief sprang up that the pebbles and stones from this rivulet held antidote properties against snakebite and other poisonous infections. It has become a tradition to collect these pebbles and stones and keep them in the home to ward off snakes, scorpions and other poisonous insects.
From Garur Ganga, one can see some snow-clad Himalayan peaks, a gorgeous view of the twin Hathi Parvat and Ghori Parvat.
This is a quaint chatti located 6 km from Garur Ganga and 68 km short from Sri Badrinath. It is a popular spot with visitors, as they like to purchase cheap and attractive baskets made from local reeds. Basket making is a principal cottage craft of this area and a few makeshift stalls are busy selling their wares during the yatra season.
Helang, 6 km from Tangani, is a small chatti on the way to Joshimath.
Excursion: situated in the beautiful valley of Urgam, is Kalpeshwar which is one of the Panch Kedars, and where an ancient Temple of Shiva attracts devotees from far and near. Kalpeshwar is 9 km from Helang. A motor road to Kalpeshwar has partly been constructed.
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