Placed in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand is the beautiful district of Chamoli. Along with the enchanting natural beauty, this place has a strong association with religion and spirituality. Many rivers and its tributaries have crisscrossed in this region. Chamoli district has a number of religious and other sites which have fascinated pilgrims and tourists for many years.
The Chamoli town although is a commercial hub, have many ancient temples and shrines. A visit to nearby villages will give a glance to their rustic livelihood of the people. The Badrinath Temple in Chamoli district is one of the ‘Char Dhams’ (four holy pilgrimage) dedicated to Lord Badrinath or Vishnu. It is a scared place for the Hindus and thousands of pilgrims visit the shrine every year. Another pilgrimage destination, the Sri Hemkund Sahib, a popular pilgrimage of the Sikh community is worth visiting during the summer as it is covered with snow from October to April. Auli attracts tourists from December to March. An area of about 3 km is covered with thick snow at that time makes it a popular ski destination. The Valley of Flowers in the north of Chamoli district needs special mention. With an array of beautiful flowers and alpine trees and many endangered species of wildlife in the midst of the Himalayas provide a breath-taking view.