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untravelling higher and remoter never seems to disappoint. At 470 odd kilometres from Delhi, Chaukori is a long drive away. Long before you reach your destination, your heart is already merry with the sights of quaint villages, blossoming with varied flowers of subtle colours, with green wheat fields set against the backdrop of majestic peaks and the green of the fig trees flanking the sides of the roads. A small town with a clear, panoramic view of the mighty Panchachuli peaks, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot, Chaukori is an untraveller's delight. Fruit orchards and tea gardens landscape the hill-station on the periphery of which lies dense forests of pines, oaks and rhododendrons.

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Things to do

Katarmal Sun Temple and Riverside picnic - Approximately 16 kilometres away from Almora town, the Katarmal Sun Temple dates back to the 9th century (and is one of just two Sun temples in all India). With a single main temple, the compound houses 45 smaller shrines all with fine intricate carving. Although somewhat in ruin, it's not called The Sun Temple for nothing - architecture here is unique in that the first rays of the sun hit the temple directly.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach


  • The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar which is almost 230-kilometre from Chaukori(**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. The town is surrounded by some major cities like Nainital, Kashipur, Rudrapur, and Haldwani. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab/bus from Pantnagar for chaukori. It takes roughly 7 to 8 hr to reach Chaukori.


  • Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Chaukori. Kathgodam is situated near Nainital. It is 202 kilometre away from Chaukori. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. There are two trains which runs daily connecting Delhi and Kathgodam. You can take cab or bus for Chaukori from Kathgodam.


  • Chaukori has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam to Chaukori. Busses are also available from ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi and nearby cities like Almora, Haldwani etc.


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