Activities in Gwaldam
Trekking: Gwaldam is the base camp of the trekking route to popular Roopkund Lake, Kuari Pass and Nanda Devi Yatra which takes one amidst scintillating natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, pine and oak forests, gushing rivulets and streams. Apart from that, one can easily hike to the nearby region which offers unparallel Himalayan view.
Village Tourism: Apart from being known for its beauty, Gwaldam is also a cultural potpourri as traces of both Garhwali and Kumaoni culture can be found here. One can explore the beautiful village learn about their rustic way of life, customs and culture.
Staying in Gwaldam
Gwaldam is a quaint little hamlet situated on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal region and hence gets best of both the regions. There are only a handful of places to stay available at Gwaldam due to its relative unpopularity among the tourists. Nevertheless, one can find lodges and budget guesthouses which offer limited amenities. Budget-friendly GMVN guesthouses are also present in the region.
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Gwaldam Food Guide
Finding a high-end restaurant that serves variety of cuisines and delicacies would not be possible at Gwaldam. At best, one can find roadside food stalls and local restaurants serving North Indian cuisine and popular Chinese items like noodles, momos. Some local dhabas may also serve authentic Garhwali cuisines like Gahat Dal, Sisunak Saag, Kappa, and Chainsoo to name a few.
History of Gwaldam
Gwaldam has always been a historically rich place as it is seated in the midst of two prominent former kingdoms, namely the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttarakhand. Whenever we talk about Gwaldam, we cannot miss the Gwaldam Battle held between the Garhwal Army and the Chand Dynasty of Kumaon.
According to some historians, the Gwaldam battle was fought around 1590 A.D. The place saw the hierarchy of several provinces such as Garhwal kingdom followed by Chands, Gorkhas, and British. At present, the toy-town of Gwaldam is the part of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.