Some places have the magical power of making you fall in love with them, with their surroundings and with the mountains. Chaukori is one such small hill station. It is located in the Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand at an elevation of 2010 meters above sea level. As evident from its name, Chaukori is a bowl-shaped small village set in the Western Himalayas with Tibet in its north. The river Mahakali runs in its east and acts as a natural border against Nepal. It has become quite popular among tourists as amazing views of the Himalayan Ranges can be observed from here.
Why visit Chaukori
For travelers like me who just want to relax and rest on vacation, Chaukori is the ideal destination. A few leisurely strolls in the forests, breathing fresh unpolluted air in calm surroundings and the unparallel view of Himalayas assures the perfect way to unwind yourself.
Being here makes one wonder whether this is what paradise is all about. With Forests of Deodar, Pine and Rhododendrons, Spruce, Oaks present in the outskirts of the village and the Grand Himalaya on either side, Chaukori is every traveler’s dream destination. A drive to Chaukori through the hills with unpolluted forests and mountain views will have you engulfed with admiration of nature. The vast green stretches of tea-estates, established during British era lends a fresh aroma to the air and adds to the enigmatic beauty of this place. The Sun streaming on the peaks of the Nanda Devi, Panchacholi, Nanda Kot delivers one of the most beautiful sunrises and sunset on the Himalayas.
At night, the million-star studded sky creates a hypnotic view and is another aspect which makes Chaukori a special place to visit.
There are quite a number of nearby attractions are present near Chaukori. The famous Hindu Shrines, such as the Kedar temple, Dhaulinag, Kapileswar Mahadev Cave temple as well as few other tourists spots such as Berinag is easily reachable.
When to visit
The best time to visit here is either from March to June or from September to November. The temperature in the winter drops to 3 degrees and thus may be ideal for those who are fond of Chilly weather.
Where to stay
Various options are available for accommodation are per as your budget. You may opt for staying in small comfy cottages with open lawn and great Himalayan views and have the holiday of a lifetime.
How to reach
Chaukori is well connected by roadways to major cities such as Almorah, Pithoragarh, and Kathgodam. You can also catch a bus from Delhi or Nainital. The nearest railroad is that of Kathgodam and the nearest airport is Pantnagar.
Featured Photo by Michael Scalet