Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. It is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is the confluence of Pushpawati and Hemganga River, which is then called Lakshman Ganga. Govind Ghat is situated on NH58 on the banks of Alaknanda River and acts as the commencement point of the trek to Ghangharia.
Ghangharia can be reached after an easy trek of 13kms from Govind Ghat. It is likely that you will fall in love with the beautiful mountains and cascading waterfalls enroute. The 10kms trek from Govind Ghat will end up in a bridge, and the further 3kms from the bridge to Ghangharia is steep. The region is prone to heavy snowfall during winters, therefore the region remains closed from December – April. A Gurudwara, GMVN rest houses and a few more private hotels provide accommodation facility at Ghangaria.
Valley of Flowers
A sprawling expanse of 87 square kilometers in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is set in the backdrop of the majestic Zanskar Ranges. This virtual paradise on earth has been unknown to the outside world till the great Mountaineer Frank S Smith discovered it in the year 1931
A world heritage site, the valley is situated at a very remarkable area, which is the conversion point of Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayas. This fairyland located in the high altitudes of Himalayas is protected by snowy mountains. Bounded by the magnificent mountain ranges and glittering glaciers, this place unfolds the charisma and charm of nature at its best.
The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat.
A star shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 6km from Ghangharia to reach Hemkund Sahib. The best time to visit this place is from July to November.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Ghangharia but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to trek 13kms to reach Ghangaria. Govindghat is situated at a distance of 292kms from Jolly Grant Airport. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Govindghat.
The nearest railway station to Ghangaria is Rishikesh situated 273kms before Govindghat on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Joshimath, Govindghat and Badrinath
Ghangaria is connected upto Govind Ghat with motorable roads and from this point one has to trek for 13 kms. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Govindghat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Srinagar, Chamoli etc.