Sandwiched between the Garhwal and Kumaon regions, Gwaldam is a pristine expanse of green forest, dotted with apple orchards. It rises to a height of 1,629 m, and is located about 40 km from the popular hill station of Kausani. From Gwaldam, you can get fascinating views of Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi and Trishul. Gwaldam lies about 20 km from Baijnath. The roads are well-maintained and give a thrilling driving experience. The route to Gwaldam takes you through dense woods and green fields peppered with cottages. Gwaldam is also the starting point of many treks and the base of the popular Roop Kund trek. The entire area is bordered by snow-capped peaks. The greenery of Gwaldam is watered by the Pindari river.
Best Time to Visit
Gwaldam is pleasant throughout the year.
What To Do
Gwaldam offers some of the best trekking expeditions in the Kumaon. The route winds through pine and oak forests and takes you to cascading waterfalls and sparkling streams. Gwaldam is the base camp for Nanda Devi Yatra, Kuari Pass and Roopkund Lake treks. The 3-km trek to Badhangarh temple, perched on a narrow ridge, is beautiful. The Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra, the most revered religious tour in the region that takes place in every 12 years, passes through Gwaldam.
Since Gwaldam straddles both the Garhwal and the Kumaon, it enjoys a mix of both cultures. Explore quaint hamlets, interact with locals going about their daily routines and experience the culture and traditions of the area.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, about 250 km away.