Chaukori

One of the most significant and beautiful pilgrimage centers of the Hindus and a wonderful hill station, Chaukori is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is situated in the Kumaon Division in the Pithoragarh district of the state. The place is bounded by the beautiful lagoons of the majestic Himalayan hills which offer a mesmerizing view.

Chaukori is enveloped with a beautiful blanket of snowcapped peaks of the great Himalayas and a large number of religious places. Kapileshwar Mahadev, Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple, Mahakali Temple of Gangolihat, Jayanti Temple Dhwaj, Mostamanu and Nagmandir of Berinag are some of the very popular shrines of the city. Its picturesque beauty and innate charm draw a lot of tourists round the year.

Weather

Summer and beginning of the monsoon are the best season to visit Chaukori. The best months to visit are March to June and September to November.

Chaukori experiences summer from the month of April and last till June. The temperature remains comfortable between 19°C to 25°C and is apt to experience the beauty of the place.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is experienced in the region during the months of July to September. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place.

October to February is the winter season in Chaukori. Winters are extremely cool and the temperature drops down to a chilling 3°C.

How to Reach

The nearest Domestic Airport is Naini Saini Airport, at Pithoragarh Uttarakhand, roughly one-and-a-half-hour drive from Chaukori. The second nearest Domestic Airport from Chaukori is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, roughly 340 Km from Chaukori. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with flights on a daily basis.

The nearest railway station from Chaukori is Kathgodam railway station. It is situated at a distance of 180 Km from the town. The second nearest railway station is Tanakpur railway station, 174 Km from Chaukori.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Mahakali Temple of Gangolihat: A sacred place for Hindus, Mahakali Temple is located near Chaukori and is an old temple of Gangolihat. The temple is widely known as HaatKalika Mandir.

Jayanti Temple Dhwaj: Located on the Didihat Road, Jayanti Temple Dhwaj is a religious attraction of Chaukori. A holy temple of Lord Shiva is located 200 ft below the Jayanti Temple inside a cave which is devoted to Lord Shiva. One of the most alluring features of this place is that tourists can see the peaks of Nanda Devi and Panchachuli from Jayanti Temple Dhwaj.

Mostamanu: Mostamanu is another tourist destination which is located at a distance of 6 Kms from Pithoragarh. This holy temple is devoted to Mosta God. The temple is very famous for organizing a large fair which falls in between August and September and attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Kapileshwar Mahadev: This tiny hamlet with the Himalayas at the backdrop is one true jewel in Uttarakhand’s crown. The town is well known for housing the noted shrine of Kapileshwar Mahadev. Dedicated to Lord Mahadeva, the temple is located in the Soar Valley right above the Takaura and Takari villages. It is famous as a cave temple and is reached post a 10m-walk inside the cave. Legend has it that the cave was the meditation-spot of Sage Kapil. A long passage through the cave leads to numerous destinations.

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