How To Reach

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport situated at a distance of 222 kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights.

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh at distance of 202 kms. Rishikesh is well connected by rail roads with rest of India.

By Road: Chamoli is situated on NH58. Chamoli is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh and Dehradun.

Fact Sheet

  • State:Uttarakhand
  • Famous For:Hill Stations,Piligramage
  • Languages:Garhwali & Hindi
  • Weather:Pleasant in Summer, chilly in winter
  • Altitude:1293 Mtr.
  • STD Code:01372
  • No. of Households:88964
  • Total Population:193991
  • Total Males:88964
  • Total Females:197614
  • Literacy Rate:72%
  • Male Literacy Rate:80%
  • Female Literacy Rate:63%
  • Working Male:48%
  • Working Female:44%


The region covered by the district of Chamoli was a part of the district of Pauri garhwal till 1960.

A Brief History of earstwhile rulers who ruled over this area is as follows:-
Till 800 AD Ruled by Nands, Mauryas, Maukharis, Vardhans etc. Dynasties.
800 AD to middle of 1100 AD Ruled by Katyuri rulers, Capital at Joshimath, Shankaracharya visited.
Middle of 1100 AD to end of 1200AD Ruled by Chand of Kumaon and Pala of Garhwal.
End of 1200 AD to middle of 1300 AD Nepali Rulers
Middle of 13th centaury Local rulers. Kadil Pal, Ajay Pal (Panwar dynasty).Kumaon rulers and Rohillas fought with Pals for control over Pinder valley.
1790 AD to 1815 AD Nepali rulers, Gorkha rulers from 1804
1815 AD to 1947 AD British Rule
1947 AD to 2000 AD Under U.P. Govt.
2000 AD- till date Uttarakhand Govt.

It is believed that about 300 BC, Khasa invaded Garhwal through Kashmir, Nepal and Kumaon. Due to this invasion a conflict took place between these outsiders and natives. The natives for their protection built small forts called Garhi. Later on, Khasa defeated the native totally and captured the forts. After Khasa, Kshatiya invaded this land and defeated Khasa and accomplished their regime. They confined Garhwal from hundreds of Garhi in to fifty-two Garhi only. One general of kshatriya (Vashudev Katyuri) established his regime on the northern border of garhwal and founded his capital in joshimath then Kartikeypur.Katyuri was the founder of katyura dynasty in Garhwal and they reign Garhwal over hundreds of years. In this period of katyuri regime Aadi-Guru Sankaracharya visited garhwal and established Jyotrimath which is one of the four famous Peeths established by Aadi-Guru Sankaracharya. He also reinstated idol of lord Badrinath in Badrinath, before this the idol of Badrinath was hidden in Narad-Kund by the fear of Budhas.

Mythological Significance

Today's Garhwal was known as kedar-khand in the past. In puranas kedar-khand was said to be abode of God. It seems from the facts, vedas puranas, Ramayna and Mahabharat that these Hindu scriptures are scripted in kedar-khand. It is believed that God Ganesha wrote the first script of vedas in Vayas gufa situated in the village Mana only four km. from Badrinath. According to Rigveda (1017-19) after Inundation (Jalprlya) Sapt-Rishis saved their lives in the same village Mana.The roots of vedic literature also seems to be originated from Garhwal because the Garhwali language has a lot of words common with Sanskrit. The work place of vedic Rishis are the prominent pilgrim places in Garhwal specially in chamoli like Atrimuni Ashram in Anusuya about 25 km from chamoli town and work place of Kashyap Rishi at Gandhmadan parwat near Badrinath. According to Aadi-Puran, vedvyasa scripted the story of Mahabhrat in Vyas Gufa near Badrinath. Pandukeshwar, a small village situated on the Rishikesh Badrinath high-way from where Badrinath is just 25 km away is regarded as Tapsthali of king Pandu. In Kedar-khand Puran this land is regarded the land of lord Shiva.

Chamoli - The abode of gods, Second largest district of Uttarakhand