Activities in Gauchar
Gauchar is a small town enroute to Badrinath shrine. There are not much sightseeing and places of interest in and around Gauchar apart from the temples and shrines that dot the region. Unlike Nainital or Mussoorie, which is a tourist hub and is flocked with tourists, Gauchar is rather a commercial hilly town amidst the unspoilt lap of nature and doesn’t attract tourists.
Places To Visit in Gauchar: Some of the famous temples in Guachar are: Raul Devta Mandir, Bhairavnath Mandir, Mata Kali Temple, Paneshwer Shivalaya
Places To See Near Gauchar: Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Hariyali Devi Temple
Gauchar Fair: The ground of Gauchar is famous for hosting annual Trade Fair which is the largest fair in Uttarakhand and help in the month of November. One can purchase various handicraft items and woolen garments from the fair.
Nature Walks: The abundant natural beauty that encompasses the sleepy town of Gauchar is quite compelling as the region is surrounded by undulating hills, lush green forests and verdant pastures. One can easily pick up a nature trail and explore in and around Gauchar.
Shopping: Due to its proximity to Karnaprayag, there are many shops and stores that have mushroomed in Gauchar. One can purchase all kinds of items ranging from clothes, handicrafts and other household items from the market.
Staying in Gauchar
Gauchar is a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. As a result, there are not many options to stay and one has to do with the budget guesthouses with limited amenities. There are no high-end and luxurious hotels and resorts at Gauchar as it is not a popular destination among the tourists like Nainital or Mussoorie. Other option is to find accommodation at Karnaprayag which is just 10 kms from Gauchar.
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Gauchar Food Guide
Being a small town, it is almost impossible to find a fancy restaurant with variety of cuisines. Tourists staying at Gauchar will have to make do with limited food options available. At best, one can find roadside dhabas that offer popular North India cuisine along with few Chinese dishes. Someguest houses have in-house restaurants which serve meals.
History of Gauchar
Gauchar is a historical town of Uttarakhand known for hosting grand fairs and for being a part of the Indo-Tibetan trade. The large flat region of Gauchar played an important role in its history. These flat lands belonged to the property of Panwar Kings of Garhwal, who later donated it to the Badrinath Temple. Around 1000 A.D. to 1803, Gauchar unlike other parts of Garhwal was under the rule of Pal Dynasty. The Gurkhas also reigned here, followed by the British.
Gauchar came to light in the 1920s when Lady Willingdon, wife of then Viceroy of India landed here by air. Later in 1938, during their personal visit to Badrinath, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, and his sister, Vijaya Laxmi Pandit also visited here by air.
Initially, Gauchar was administered from Dehradun but later on a new district called Pauri was established in this area by the British. Present Chamoli and Gauchar was a tehsil of Pauri. It was on February 24, 1960, that the tehsil Chamoli was made a new district in Uttar Pradesh state and in 1994, Gauchar became the Nagar Panchayat.