Ghangaria

Ghangharia - A Valley in the Woods

Ghangaria is nestled on the confluence of River Pushpawati (coming from Valley of Flowers) and River Hemganga (coming from Hemkund Sahib, also known as Laxshman Ganga). This dewy place is snuggled in the bosom of the Himalayas and is the last human settlement on the Bhyundar Valley. 

Ghangaria is a major stopover for the travellers, visiting Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers. This bijou place is coiffed at an elevation of 3,050 metres in Uttarakhand.  Ghangaria is covered by a thick blanket of snow during winters and remains closed between December-April. 

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Ghangaria is bestowed with natural abundance and exhibits diverse flora-fauna along with the refreshing views of the sun-kissed Himalayas. The travellers can either go for hiking, village walks or nature quest in the wilderness. 

The gorgeous, Valley of Flowers can be accessed from here which is a short trek of 4 km from Ghangaria. Hemkund Sahib, the famous pilgrim place of the Sikhs can also be visited. A short trek of about 6 km will lead you to Hemkund Sahib from Ghangaria. The travellers can also hire taxis on sharing basis up to 4 km from Govindghat. 

To avoid the strenuous trek route, you can avail the services of a porter or a mule. Ghangaria features a functional helipad and one can cover the distance by a helicopter. The ideal time to visit this place is between the months of June to October.

Activities in Ghangaria

Trekking: Ghangaria is the base camp for the mesmerizing Valley of Flowers trek which rewards trekkers with abundant natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, verdant hills covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and streams and of course, myriad flowers. Other treks in this region are: Gupt Khal Trek and Bhyundar Khal Trek

Pilgrimage:  Hemkund Sahib is one of the most revered Sikh shrines in Uttarakhand and thousands of pilgrims partake in arduous pilgrimage every year. The shrine is sleeps under a thick blanket of snow during winters. 

Village Tourism:  Ghangaria is the last habited village one encounters on the Valley of Flowers trek. One can explore the beautiful village situated at the confluence and learn about their rustic way of life, customs and beliefs.

Ghangaria Travel Tips

  • Ghangaria can only be reached after partaking in an 13 kms trek from Govindghat. There are no clear roads to Ghangaria but a path made of rocks. Now, road is also extended to Pulna Village, which cuts down 3 kms of trek.
  • There is Helicopter Service to Ghangharia from Govindghat as well.
  • One can also find mules and porters for hire, especially during the peak season if one has difficult carrying the luggage. 
  • Travelling in monsoons should be avoided as the hilly region in Uttarakhand has its fair share of incessant rainfall. Moreover, the region is prone to unexpected landslides and road blocks.
  • The cellular network has considerably improved at Ghangaria and one does get signals albeit weak, for major telecom operators like BSNL and IDEA.
  • The region is prone to heavy snowfall during winters, therefore the region remains closed from December-April.

Staying in Ghangaria

Ghangaria is a little hamlet one comes across while travelling towards Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Since night halt at Valley of Flowers is not permitted, trekkers and tourists tend to find accommodation at Ghangaria. There is plenty of options available ranging from private hotels to government- owned guesthouses (GMVN). A forest rest house and a dharmashala offer cheap alternatives.

Ghangaria Food Guide

Due to growing influx of tourist and pilgrims to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib respectively, there are plenty of restaurants and roadside food stalls mushroomed at Ghangaria where north Indian vegetarian food is served along with few popular Chinese, Punjabi and Garhwali dishes. Apart from that, one can find eating options at the hotels which have an in-house restaurants. 

Suggested Trekking Itinerary for exploring Ghangharia and Nearby Places

Day 1: Arrive at Govindghat or Joshimath from Haridwar/Rishikesh by Road.
Day 2: Trek to Ghangharia from Govindghat (13 kms). Night stay in Ghangharia.
Day 3: Trek to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangharia. (You can also take ponies)
Day 4: Trek to Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangharia. (You can also save time by directly trekking back to Govinghat, but total trek for the day will become around 21 kms).
Day 5: Trek down to Govindghat/Joshimath. (If interested and time permits, you can also visit Badrinath, Mana Village and Pandukeshwar. With an extra day, you can also explore Joshimath Places to see and Auli).
Day 6: Drive to Haridwar/Rishikesh or Dehradun.

What is Ghangaria famous for?

Ghangaria is famous among tourist as Sikh Pilgrimage, Gurudwara, Trek, Base of Valley of Flowers, Village Tourism, Secluded.

Ghangaria is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Ghangaria is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Base Camps (Trek), Gurudwara, Pilgrimage, Trekking.

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