Helang Valley of Uttarakhand

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Helang is a village in Chamoli District in Uttarakhand, in northern India. The district of Chamoli is divided into five Tehsils, and Helang falls under the Joshimath Tehsil. Located at a distance of 147kms from Rishikesh, Joshimath is an important pilgrimage site. During winters, Lord Badri is brought down from the glorious Badrinath temple and is worshipped at the Vasudeva temple in Joshimath. Nearby cities are Pauri, Tehri, Almora, and Chamba. The valley of Helang, not a principal tourist attraction in itself, is important for being the starting point of the Kalpeshwar trek. Kalpeshwar is situated near the picturesque village of Urgam which is in a valley. Urgam is reached from Helang by the occasionally shared van that ferries before noon. Alternately tourists are known to make an easy trek of this 9kms distance. Connectivity is more reliable between Joshimath and Helang where daily public bus transportation is available from 5 AM to 7 AM.

Some nearby temples of interest are the Devi Purnagiri Temple, the Narshimha Temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and the Shankaracharya Math, believed to be the place where Adi Shankaracharya meditated.

It recently came in the spotlight when Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the renovated 3,000 kilowatts Urgam Hydro Power Project constructed by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam (UJVN) over the Kalpganga river in Helang Valley on March 23, 2018.  The Helang river is a small tributary of the Alakananda and joins it between Joshimath and Chamoli. The power generated from this project is expected to improve electricity supply in 25 neighboring villages like Bharki, Bheta, Urgam, Chai-Thai, Salana, Joshimath and Badganv and also bring employment for the local unemployed youth

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