Chaukori – In the Lap of ‘Mother’…

The charming little town, or rather village of Chaukori is unlike any other hill station you have seen. This is a somnolent, peaceful hamlet, untouched by development, free from the clutches of tourism. Chaukori, in Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon Hills of Uttaranchal, is in the heart of the Himalayas. The benign peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and the famous five of Panchuli are a constant presence.

Chaukori village is a simple, one-horse road free from the maddening clamour of trinket vendors and travel guides trying to lure tourists to the “hotspots” – perhaps because there are no hotspots at all in Chaukori! On the contrary, you are free to discover the joys of this laid-back village on your own. There is little to do here besides basking in the blissful sunshine, breathing in the invigorating mountain air and feasting your eyes on the breathtaking scenery 180 degrees around you.

One of the most magnificent aspects of a visit in Chaukori is the fabulous sunrise and sunset that you are treated to. The night sky is studded with a million stars that simply take your breath away.
The forests around Chaukori are thick with pine, oak and rhododendron and soggy moss that squishes under your foot. The hill slopes are redolent with tea blossoms and you can walk through the fruit orchards and cornfields beyond the village.

To reach Chaukori on road, you have the following route:
1. Either board a bus, from Anand Vihar ISBT for Haldwani, located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Once you are in Haldwani, you would need to either book a cab for Chaukori, or take a local bus or go through a series of cab-changes to finally reach Chaukori.

2. If you plan to drive/ ride on your own, then the route is the following:
Delhi -Ghaziabad – Hapur – Gajraula – Moradabad – Rampur – Rudrapur – Haldwani – Kathgodam – Almora – Bageshwar – Chaukori.

The roads are well laid most of the way, except a few patches in the plains where construction is going on at full pace. However, once you touch the hills, the fresh air and the wonderful views on every corner just take your breath away. It is a wonderful destination to visit, if you are not really looking to do anything but relax and soak in the views.

Accommodation options are really limited there, although a few rest houses are being constructed. The best bet is to stay at the KMVN Tourist Rest House, which is decently priced and offers one the BEST view of the magnificent Himalayas, from all over the Chaukori village. You can either book your accommodation online, at the KMVN website or try your luck out by actually going there and booking the room. Please keep in mind, that during off-season (October – February), rooms are easily available. But during the season, I do not have much idea about the tourist influx. But, off-season is the season to visit a place like Chaukori, if you want to experience some good snow-fall, ice, etc.

During the whole day, you can go and discover this little village on foot and during the evenings, a bonfire put in place by the Tourist Rest House, Chaukori where you can sit, either alone or with a bunch of friends and just enjoy the lovely, chilly weather.

If you want to trek, there are many trekking routes which one can actually go and explore. However, please make sure that you are going during the daytime, as there are deep jungles all around Chaukori where some wild animals reside. Please make sure that you neither disturb them in their natural environment, nor do you yourself get into trouble because of them. Take a guide from the Rest House, if the need be.

Just visit Chaukori to escape from the maddening crowd of a regular hill-station or simply to chill, relax and soak in the grand Himalayan views. Any which way you look at it, Chaukori WILL surprise you in more ways than one. Guaranteed!

I had, a few months back read a line which said – “It is not down in any map; true places never are…” I am glad to say that after visiting Chaukori, I now know what this really meant.

Comments

  • Rohit  On January 29, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Ok, I admit, the pics are amazing and the write up is brilliant.

    all cheers

    dcs

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  • Shivanshu  On February 1, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Mesmerising it is Dada, keep it up

    Like

  • debasish banerjee  On February 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Hi bobby
    knocking you from amar bangla choukori (Red cottage).have you seen or noticed
    send your remarks which is mine

    Like

  • Abhirup Saha  On January 3, 2017 at 2:18 AM

    You take very compelling snaps. I loved the write up as well- concise and informative. Thank you!

    Like

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