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About Chamoli Gopeshwar

A view of the Gopeshwar city

Chamoli Gopeshwar is a beautiful township in the hill state of Uttarakhand and a municipal board in Chamoli district. It is the largest town and also the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli district. Situated at an elevation of 1,308 meters above sea level, Gopeshwar has a salubrious climate throughout the year and is famous for many reasons.

Gopeshwar is a fascinating destination for all tourists as it is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes. Also, Gopeshwar is the home of a number of temples and sacred places. The most famous among them is the Gopinath Temple of Lord Shiva. Another attraction of Gopeshwar is that it holds many trekking routes. There are numerous trekking routes that start from or near to Gopeshwar and make sit a trekking paradise. It was mentioned by historians that the name Gopeshwar has connection with the name of Lord Shiva.

History of Chamoli Gopeshwar

History of Gopeshwar

In earlier times, the region was known as Kedar Khand. The history of Chamoli can be dated back to the times of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is also believed that the Vyasa Gufa where Lord Ganesha has scripted Vedas is in Mana, the last village of India. It is also mentioned in the holy book Rigved, Sapt Rishi saved their life after Jalpralay in Mana itself.

According to Pt. Harikrishna Raturi, the first ruler of Garhwal was King Bhanu Pratap of Panwar Dynasty and he was the one who founded Chanpurgarhi as his capital. It was the strongest Garh among all the 52 Garhas. King Ajai Pal, in the 15th century, integrated the separate 52 principalities each with its own garh or fortress. Till about 300 years, Srinagar which was located on the banks of Alaknanda River was the capital of Garhwal and it remained as a single region. In 1803, the Gorkhas of Nepal invaded the Garhwal region. The Governor of this region was Amar Singh Thapa. This was the time when the Gorkhas came into contact with the British. In the 19th century, Garhwal was attached by the Gorkhas and forced the Grahwal rulers to move to the plains of Harudwar, Dehradun and Rishikesh.

Gorkha rule was established in the region with the victory of the Gorkhas. Further, the region was taken over by th British and was divided into eastern and western Garhwal. The British kept the eastern region of Garhwal with themselves while the western region which lied to the west of Alaknanda River, was handed over to Sudarshan Shah of the Grahwal Dynasty. Finally, this state was known as Tehri Garhwal. Later this region was ruled by his successors named Kirti Shah, Pratap Shah and Narendra Shah who established their own capitals as Kirti Nagar, Pratap Nagar and Narendra Nagar respectively. They ruled from 1815 – 1949.

Later, in 1949 Tehri was merged with Uttar Pradesh state. As the region of Tehri was scattered, it posed a number of problems in the beginning for advance developments. Thus, seeing this situation, on 24th February 1960, Uttar Pradesh government separated one tehsil of Tehri and gave the status of a separate district by the name of Uttarkashi. The newly formed district gained importance because of two noteworthy pilgrimage places – Badrinath and Gangotri. Many parts of eastern Garhwal region were detached in the year 1997.

Rudraprayag district was later established on 16th September, 1997 which again got separated from Chamoli district with two complete tehsil and two other blocks in October 1997. Since then, Gopeshwar became the headquarters of Chamoli district.

Chamoli Rulers

The rulers who ruled this place are:

  • Nands, Mauryas, Maukharis, Vardhans Dynasties- till 800 AD
  • Katyuri rulers, Capital at Joshimath, Visit of Adi Shankaracharya- 800 AD to mid of 1100 AD
  • Chand of Kumaon and Pala of Garhwal- Mid 1100 AD till 1200 AD
  • Nepalis- from end of 1200 AD to mid of 1300 AD
  • Local rulers: Kadil Pal, Ajay Pal (Panwar dynasty).
  • Nepali, Gorkha Rulers- 1804
  • The British- 1815 AD to 1947 AD
  • Under U.P. Govt.- 1947 AD to 2000 AD
  • Uttarakhand Govt.- 2000 AD- till date

Geography of Chamoli Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar is situated at 30.42N 79.33E. The average elevation of Gopeshwar is 4,242 ft. The paranormal charm and divine beauty of Gopeshwar can captivate any visitor. Tourists can also enjoy the view of many snow capped hills and peaks from Gopeshwar.

Climate of Chamoli Gopeshwar

A view of the winters in Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is a small town and is known to be the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli district. Located 1300 mtrs above sea level, Gopeshwar has many places of interests for tourists. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is very famous and devotees from all over the country visit to offer prayers. Owing to the religious importance and the scenic beauty of the place, here is a climate guide of Gopeshwar to help you visit the place

Summers in Gopeshwar
Gopeshwar is known for its salubrious climatic conditions. The place has a good altitude for which the summers remain quite mild in Gopeshwar. Summer months can be the best time to visit the place, as the temperature hardly becomes very high in summers.

Monsoons in Gopeshwar
Monsoons in Gopeshwar starts from the month of July till the end of September. It’s not advisable to visit the place during monsoons as the region receives heavy rainfall. The rainfall is heaviest in the month of August.

Winters in Gopeshwar
Winters can be bone chilling in Gopeshwar. The mercury falls rapidly throughout the winter season for which winters can be extremely cold. The months from December to February, Gopeshwar welcomes the winter season.

Culture of Chamoli Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar fairs

Gopeshwar is the administrative headquarters of the district of Chamoli which is located at an altitude of 1300 mtrs above sea level. The place is famous for the religious spots and the divine natural beauty. The local people still believe in the age old traditions and customs. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is one of the prime attractions of Gopeshwar.

Local Dance of Chamoli Gopeshwar

Barada Nati, Pandava Nritya, Langvir Nritya and Shotiya Tribal folk dance are the famous dance forms of the region. It is believed by the local people that they can influence God through these dance forms. The local people of Gopeshwar also enjoy singing songs related to Basanti, Jaggar, Mangal, Chhopati and Jhumeila, Bajuband, and Khuded and Chhura.

Handicrafts of Chamoli Gopeshwar

The rich tradition of Gopeshwar gets reflected in the various forms of arts and crafts like jewelry making, painting, candle making, constructing decorative temples and wood carving. The lush green forests, beautiful turquoise sky and snow capped mountains can be witnessed in these art forms. The serene and scenic environment of this place attracts artistically inclined people to the region. The ther forms of folk art are Aipan and Peeth. These are practiced by women in their houses itself. Geometric forms are used in a large number in these art forms. The unique feature of these art forms is that geru and rice paste is used to give it an attractive look.

Food of Chamoli Gopeshwar

The staple food of the people of the region is jhanjora, maze, wheat, rice and mandua. The poorer sections of people mainly consume maze, mndua and jhanjora. The Hindus of the region are vegetarian while the Muslims, Christians and Shikhs are non vegetarian. Though many are not able to afford due to unavailability of funds and thus end up having vegetarian food. The pulses of the region are masor, urad, bhatt, gahat, tur, lopia and soontha.

Restaurants in Chamoli Gopeshwar
There are not many options for restaurants in the district. The only restaurant available in Gopeshwar is Hariyali Restaurant. Hariyali Restaurant has its own unique charm leaving all tourists with fond memories for a lifetime.

Emergency Services in Chamoli Gopeshwar

Emergency Services of GopeshwarGopeshwar is well known as a pilgrimage and trekking destination in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. The region holds many famous religious temples and other places of tourist’s interests.

Thus, to offer a hassle free holiday to the tourists and a comfortable stay for the local people, the government of Uttarakhand has come up with many emergency services in the region. Here is a brief list of all the emergency services in Gopeshwar:

Fire Stations in Chamoli Gopeshwar

Fire Station – Gopeshwar
Gopeshwar, chamoli, Uttarakhand
Contact Number: 01372 - 252305
Working Hours: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Working Days: Monday - Saturday

Blood Banks in Chamoli Gopeshwar

There is only one registered Blook Bank in Gopeshwar
District Hospital

Government Blood Bank

Address: Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Uttarakhand – 246401
Contact Number: 01372 – 252245

Ambulance Services in Chamoli Gopeshwar

Air ambulance service is the flying helicopter that has all the ICU facilities. Gopeshwar has the Air Ambulance Services and the hospitals in Gopeshwar works with the Air Ambulance Services.
The air ambulance service in Gopeshwar has the following features:

  • Medical Escort 24/7
  • Transplant recipient
  • Babies and children needing emergencies
  • Multi trauma cases
  • All the multi speciality
  • ICU to ICU transfer (inter hospital intensive care patients)
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Spinal cord/ head injury
  • Ventilator-dependant patients
  • Medical attention, ACLS, ITLS care
  • Medical equipments transport high density infusion pump, cardiac monitor, ventilator, defibilter
  • Advance ICU support
  • Doctor and aero nurse will be available in air ambulance

Contact Number: 09645744117, 09540161344, 09845446634
Email: airambulance@airambulanceaviation.com, info@airambulance.co.in

Utilities and Services in Chamoli Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar is famous for its religious centers, healthy and pleasant climate, spots of tourist interest and the picturesque beauty of the place. In recent times, tourism has greatly flourished in the region and there has been a great inflow of tourists to Gopeshwar. The town has come up with many services to make the life of the people easier. Here is a list of all the services:

Post Office in Chamoli Gopeshwar

The details of the Post Office of Chamoli Gopeshwar are given below:

Office Name:
Gopeshwar H.O.
Head Office
Taluk of Chamoli District
01372 - 252108
Gopeshwar - 246401
Postal Department Information:
Chamoli Division Dehradun Region Uttarakhand Circle

Banks in Chamoli Gopeshwar

Banking services in Gopeshwar

State Bank of India
Bank Name: State Bank of India
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar Market
IFSC Code: SBIN0012226
MICR Code: 246002401
Branch Code: 012226
City: Gopeshwar
Address: Main Market Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand – 246401
Contact Number: 01372 – 251057

Punjab National Bank
Bank Name: Punjab National Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: PUNB0408300
MICR Code: 246024102
Branch Code: 408300
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttranchal
Contact Number: 01372 – 252929 (SK Chaudhary)

Bank of India
Bank Name: Bank of India
State: Uttarakhand   
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: BKID0007134   
MICR Code: 246013102
Branch Code: Last 6 characters of IFSC Code represent Branch Code
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Narayan Colony, Post Office Road, Gopeshwar, District - Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin - 246401
Contact Number: 09837014159 (Mobile)

Central Bank of India
Bank Name: Central Bank of India
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: CBIN0284084
Branch Code: 284084
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: CBI, Gopeshwar Branch, 1st Floor, Indra Market, Gopeshwar, Chamoli District, Uttarakhand - 246401
Contact Number: 01352 - 650107, 9358852112 (Mobile)

Bank of Baroda
Bank Name: Bank of Baroda
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
Branch Code: GOPESH
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Main Bazar, Near Bus Stand, Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin - 246401
Contact Number: 1800223344 / 18001024455 (Customer Care Number)

State Bank of Patiala
Bank Name: State Bank of Patiala
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: STBP0001143
Branch Code: 001143
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Nagar Palika Building, Near Petrol Pump, Mandal Road, Chamoli Gopeshwar, District - Chamoli, Pin - 246401
Contact Number: 01372 - 251090

Bank Name: IDBI Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
Branch Code: 70CZSB
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Chamoli Zila, Sahkari Bank Limited Head Office – Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin Code - 246401
Contact Number: 01372 - 252186
Fax: 01372 - 252997

Bank Name: IDBI Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
Branch Code: 0DCBCM
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Head Office - Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin Code - 246401
Contact Number: 09412029646 (Deepak Kumar)

Allahabad Bank
Bank Name: Allahabad Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: ALLA0212910
Branch Code: 212910
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: P.G. College Road, Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin - 246401
Contact Number: 08475872737 (Raghuveer Singh), 09045090845 (Ashutosh Awasthi)

Canara Bank
Bank Name: Canara Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch: Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: CNRB0006033
Branch Code: 006033
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Canara Bank, Hotel Annapurna, KH NO 308 Near Petrol Pump, District Chamoli Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand - 246401
Contact Number: 08272836063 (Mobile)

UCO Bank
Bank Name: UCO Bank
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Branch:  Gopeshwar
IFSC Code: UCBA0003194
Branch Code: 003194
City: Gopeshwar Chamoli
Address: Nar Narayan Colony, Gopeshwar, District - Chamoli, Uttarakhand, Pin Code - 246401
Contact Number: 09720241744 (Mobile)

Gas Connection in Chamoli Gopeshwar

There is only one Gas Connection Services in Chamoli Gopeshwar. The details of which are mentioned below:

Gopeshwar Gas Service
Address: LPG Distributor, GMVN Unit, Chamoli
Contact Number: 01372 – 252369

Media in Chamoli Gopeshwar

There is a local station of All India Radio in Gopeshwar and various programs of mass interest are transmitted from here.

Sports in Chamoli Gopeshwar

There is a Sports Stadium in Gopeshwar. The land of the sports ground is a part of the police ground.
Contact Number: 01372 – 253926

Hospitals in Chamoli Gopeshwar

There are not many options for Hospitals in Gopeshwar. However, the details of the most prominent hospitals in Chamoli Gopeshwar are mentioned below:

District Hospital
Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand – 246401
Contact Number:01372 – 252245

Gopeshwar T.B. Hospital
TB Hospital
Chamoli District
Contact Number of District T.B. Officer: 01372 – 252247
Email ID: dtourcml@rntcp.org

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