A Date With The Himalayas: Traversing The Meadows Of Chaukori
Acres and acres of verdant tea gardens stretch till your eyes get tired. The lush green tree leaves start to dance with the chilling breeze. Beyond and above the trees, little brown huts dot the scenic landscape, as the fresh aroma of flowers takes over the entire valley. With such pure and unspoilt beauty, your heart too will forget all your burdens and sway with the tranquillity that comes your way.
Located near Kausani, Chaukori is a welcome escape from the daily hustle-bustle of life. Nestled in the lofty peaks of Himalayas, this is a great place to come and relax.
A Himalayan Beauty
Chaukori is blessed with panoramic views of the great Himalayas. Every time you look out of your accommodation windows, you will be offered with views of peaks like Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Imagine waking up every morning as the sun slowing hits your face while reflecting from the glistening snowy peaks of the Himalayas. The sight is so mesmerising, that you will find yourself gazing out of your window with a lovely cup of tea every other morning. It is the kind of view that will make your mornings even more active and fresh. Even when you take a walk down the green lush fields, you will be able to witness the Himalayas right at the horizon. It is like you are walking alongside the intimidating peaks as well.
Watch The Sunrise Or Sunset
When you visit Chaukori, it is almost imperative to witness the breathtaking sunrise or sunset that makes this valley even more mesmerising. Just wake up while it’s still dark and look out from your window. Watch as the night slowly starts to fade away and the first rays of light slowly hit the Himalayas first and then makes its way down to your cheeks. It is so dreamy to just watch the rays of sun hit each different aspect of the valley gradually and softly.
The sunset is also as heavenly. The entire place acquires a golden glow, as the sun starts to bid adieu. Before you know it, it disappears behind the mountains leaving only a reddish and orange hue in the sky.
A Paradise For Trekkers
Chaukori is laden with lively forest trails, wondrous avenues and mysterious pathways, which all make up for a fun-filled and peaceful trekking expedition. The pollution-free air makes it a breeze and even rejuvenates you to travel through the enchanted forests and watch nature unfolds in front of you. You will pass ethereal streams, hidden bridges, tall rhododendron trees and leaves and things that crunch as you step your foot on them. Some of the trekking trails will also take you deep into dense forests, where wild animals stay and flourish. If you are lucky, you might get to see deer, bears and some exotic birds hiding behind the trees. However, make sure you do not irritate or disturb the animals. You can also hire a guide from your guesthouse for a more immersive and wonderful trek.
The Tea Gardens
The rolling pre-independence tea gardens will make you squeal with joy. The tea garden at Chaukori was established during the British rule, and since then it has been maintained. Today, you will gasp such by the sight of such a misty beauty. The little tea leaves radiate such a wonderful aroma, that you will start swooning as soon as you are close to it. The Himalayas provide the perfect background, as a transparent mist veil the surroundings. You might even find few workers working on the garden, as they harvest the leaves gently and drop them into their woven baskets. It is a marvellous sight, and you might find yourself staring at this radiance for hours.
You can also visit the regal fruit orchards and cornfields that are situated near the village.
The Night sky
Another wonderful aspect of Chaukori is its glittering night sky. Since Chaukori is away from any pollution, the night sky is a wonder in itself. Just look up and you might start to feel like an astronomer. With millions of stars twinkling away, the entire valleys get lighted up with the stars and the moon. It is quite a sight to marvel at, as witnessing a clear sky like this in a city is pretty much impossible. Try and spot some constellations, while lying down on the silky smooth meadows. Some guesthouses also have bonfire nights to make your stay even more exciting.
Chaukori is brimming with ancient shrines and temples that will add a layer of spirituality and tranquillity to your trip. Some of the shrines located near or at Chaukori are Dhaulinag, Kalinag, Feninag, Bashukinag, Pinglenag, Harinag Temples, Mostamanu temple and Arjuneshwar Shiva temple among many more.
Places To Visit Nearby
There several places located near Chaukori that can be easily visited in a day. Towns like Berinag, Kausani and Dharamghar are also places worth exploring from Chaukori. These half-day tours from Chaukori will make your vacation even more exciting and insightful.
- Nag Devta Temple: Located only 12 km from Chaukori, is temple is highly revered among the locales. This is a snake temple and is devoted to the worship of the snake. It is essentially deducted to one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, which was the snake. This humble temple is a great way to witness the culture and religion of the region. The view of the Himalayas from here is also wonderful.
- Chineshwar Waterfall: This cascading waterfall is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Uttarakhand. Marked by several legends and anecdotes, this waterfall will steal your heart and touch your soul. Legends also say that there is a tiny Shiva temple hidden behind the waterfall. One has to cross the gushing waters of the waterfall to reach this divine temple. It is extremely hard to do so, so you are advised not to try.
- Patal Bhuvaneshwar: A half-day tour to Patal Bhuvaneshwar from Chaukori is almost mandatory. This prehistoric cave is an open chest of history and culture. This ancient cave is brimming with about 33 crore stalagmites of Hindu deities, which is quite mind-blowing. Just explore this breathtaking cave and watch the miracles of history unwind in front of you.
How To Reach
Here are some of the routes you can undertake to reach Chaukori
- You can hop on to a bus from Haldwani which is situated in Nanital. From there you can either take a cab or a bus to reach Chaukori. You will have to change a few cabs to finally reach your destination.
- If you are driving down from Delhi, then the route is as follows: Delhi, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Almora, Bageshwar and finally Chaukori.
The roads are quite beautiful and well made, so you should have no problems driving down. The drive gets especially more enchanting when you hit the mountain road, and the scenery starts to change.
There is limited accommodation here at Chaukori. The best place to stay is at the KMVN Tourist Rest House. Not only is it budget-friendly, but you will also be privy to the best views of the Himalayas.
To book this accommodation you can either go to their website or try booking when you reach Chaukori. During peak season you should book online rather than trying your luck. If you are coming in the offseason (Feb to Oct) then you can come down and book directly.