Chaukori is a pearl nested destination among the lofty peaks of the western Himalaya of the Kumaun Division of Uttarakhand, India. The place falls in the Pithoragarh district, having its boundary with Tibet (China) in the north and Nepal in east. The Majestic River ‘Mahakali’ flows to the east and forms a natural border with Nepal.
Chaukori tourism remains to be shallow. The tales of the beauty of this hamlet is yet to make in tourism industry. The peak season does see an increase in the peak seasons (Summer) but according to the local businessmen much remains to be done.
It is a hill station in its vicinity, having an elevation of 2,010 meters above sea level, offers an enormous and panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Nandakot, Nanda Devi and the Panchachuli sister peaks. The view of sunrise and sun set over the magnetic Himalayas seems breadth taking from Chaukori.
Shikhar trek: It is about 30 km trek, starts from Dharamghar. The top gives a 360 degree view consisting of Himalayan range of Garwal and Kumaun and other surrounding hills and also holds a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. One must take his essentials like food to eat and water to drink. And can stay in the ashram maintained by a sage. The trek is full of lush green forest and Himalayas by your side.
It is the preeminent place for one who is seeking for an escape from the frustrating city life. The unspoiled natural beauty, forests of pine, oak and rhododendron, the tea gardens, orchards and the lush wildlife compels one to appreciate.
The nearby areas of Chaukori consist of some of the famous temple, one of its own kind and importance as Mahakali Temple of Gangolihat, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Naag mandir of Berinag, Kedar temple, Nakuleshwar Temple, Kamaksha Temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev cave temple, Ulkadevi Temple, Kot Gari Devi temple.
Excursions from Chaukori:
Gangolihaat: It is about 35 km from Chaukori; the famous tempe of ‘Haatkalika’, devoted to goddess ‘Kali’ is perched here. Nestled between the thick Deodar trees, the temple has its own charm. The Morning Prayer is worth watching.
Berinaag: It is situated 10 km before Chaukori. It is the major market for the nearby areas, famous for local fruits and vegetables. And is station for local taxis or other transport.
Thal: It is about 45 km from Chaukori, and falls on the way to Munsiyari. The town is situated on the banks of River Ramganga. One can go for angling or may sit on the banks of the river.
Sheraghat: the place falls about 50 km before, on the way to Chaukori. The place Sheraghat is famous for its king size fresh water fishes. The place is full of restaurants that serve various dishes of fish. The place is paradise for anglers.
Munsiyari: It is about 110 km from Chaukori, and is famous for its magnificent view of Panchachuli sister peaks. The place is rich in Flora and Fauna. Famous among Bird watchers, Munsiyari has a rich species of variety of high altitude and rare birds such as Himalayan monal, rock bunting, snow pigeon, bearded vulture, griffon vulture and many other. The place acts as the base for the trekker heading towards Milam Glacier. One may also have a day or two day trek to Khulia top in Munsiyari. The top gives a heart touching view of the Himalayan peaks one may camp or return back to munsiyari.
Dharchula: It is about 90kms away from Munsiyari. This beautiful place is situated on the banks of River Kali and is also trading point with Nepal and is also acts as a base for the ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police).
There are ample of lodging places here. Chaukori KNVN, Ojaswi Resort, Misty Mountains Resort are popular among the tourist. Budget options in Chaukori include Dhamot HomeStay and Himshikhar. There are also lots camps available in the place for those who are looking.
Weather in Chaukori:
The temperature fluctuates in summer fluctuates between: around twenty-five degrees (25°C) and seventeen degrees (17°C)
In winters the temperature between maximum temperature of around ten degrees (10°C) and a min temperature of around two degrees (2°C)
Best time to visit Chaukori:
The months of April, May and June is a good time to visit the Chaukori, the pleasant weather that will be ideal for sightseeing purposes
If you are in search of a snowfall. The months of October, November, December, January and February are the best suited for you. You should carry heavy winter clothing during this time due to the reduced temperatures.
The months of July, August and September are in Rainy Season. This is not an ideal time to visit the place.
How To Reach:
Rail:The nearest Railhead is at Kathgodam, about 210 kilometers away.
Air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport, about 260 km away.
Road: The road is well connected by roads.
Distance Between Delhi and Chaukori is 470kms.
Distance Between Nainital and Chaukori via Bageswar is 140kms.
Distance Between Bageswar and Chaukori is 46kms.
The route, Kathgodam- Almora-Berinaag-Chaukori-Bageshwar-Kausani makes a complete circuit for the tourists.