Gopeshwar is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. This is the biggest event of this place. People from all over Uttarakhand come to this place for this annual fair. Other attractions of this town of this town are mountain climbing and trekking.
What to see in Gopeshwar:
Gopinath Temple: Gopeshwar place is famous for Lord Shiva temple i.e Gopinath Temple. According to the Hindu Mythology, Once there was a cow living in this place. That cow use to give milk daily to Shiva lingam which was located in this place. This was seen by one king. He constructed a temple in that place. Name of that king is Saggar. Historians state that town got this name from Lord Krishna. He made this region his dwelling place for short period of time. Gopinath temple is famous for its architecture style. This temple consists of 24 doors made up of 8 different metals.
Other attractions of Gopeshwar: Other attractions of Gopeshwar are temples of Anasuya Devi, Tungnath, and Rudranath. Snow covered hill is other attraction of this place.
What to see around Gopeshwar:
Nandaprayag: It is located 18kms away from Gopeshwar. This is one of the Panch Prayags on the Alakananda River. It lies at confluence of Alakananda River and Nandakini River.
Kedarnath Temple: It is located 93kms away from Gopeshwar. This temple was founded by Adi Shankaracharya, 1000 years ago. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology, Pandavas come to this place to wipe off the sins after the war with Kouravas. At that time Lord Shiva was so angry and converted himself into a bull and dug in this place.
Ukhimath: This village is famous for Lord Kedarnath temple. During the winter seasons snowfalls is more so this place is known as winter seat for Lord Kedarnath. Temples of Anirudh, Usha, Parvati and Shiva are also famous here. It is located 69kms away from the town.
Panch Kedar: It is located 39kms away from the town. Tunganath, Rudranath, Kedarnath, Kalpeshwar and Madhyamaheswar included in Panch Kedar. Trekking is essential to reach all these places. Kalpeshewar trekking opens to the public throughout the year to the public.
Auli: This is most popular winter destination of Uttarakhand. From this place visitors can have best view of the Himalayan Mountain range. It is located 70kms away from Gopeswar.
Getting to Gopeshwar: Gopeshwar is well connected with road ways. From Uttarakhand buses are available to reach this place via Chamoli. From Gopeshwar, Srinagar, Ukhimath, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Rishikesh buses come to Chamoli. Nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh which is 210kms away from Gopeshwar. Taxis and buses are available to reach Gopeshwar from the railway station. Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport of Gopeshwar which is located 226kms away. This port is well connected to Chandigarh and Delhi. From this airport taxis are available to reach Gopeshwar.
Getting around Gopeshwar: Gopeshwar is a small town; it can be seen by having walking though the town. Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Gopeshwar.
Best time to visit Gopeshwar: Maximum temperature of this place is 30 degrees Celsius in summer. But during the winter season temperature reaches to Zero degrees. So best time to visit Gopeshwar is in the months of July and August.
Where to stay in Gopeshwar: Few hotels are available in Gopeshwar. All the hotels are budget and midrange hotels. Tourism department of Uttarakhand is maintaining rest house in Gopeshwar with all the amenities.
Where to eat in Gopeshwar: Restaurants, Dhabas and Street food are available to eat in Gopeshwar. Only vegetarian food is available in the town. Only highway Dhabas offer non vegetarian food.