Govindghat - Gateway to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers

Govindghat is a pristine hamlet adorned by pilgrims and adventurers alike, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. It is located on the way to Badrinath at the confluence of Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. Govindghat is also the starting point of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.

This celestial place is perched at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. Since Govindghat is nestled on the banks of Alaknanda River, a major part of it was disrupted by the 2013 Uttarakhand Floods, which was restored later.

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Why Visit Govindghat?

Thousands of devotees, adventure lovers, and nature lovers come to Govind ghat every month to visit the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and mystical beauty of Valley of Flowers.

Govindghat exhibits refreshing views of the dwindling alpine hills covered by the mist. It is one of the best places to visit if you are in search of peace and tranquillity amidst the natural surroundings. Either enrapture in the sanctity of Hemkund Sahib or listen to your uncontrollable urge to trek to the Valley of Flowers. The Gurudwara is nestled on the right bank of the Alaknanda River and is an important landmark of the area. It is also the halting point of many travelers. 

The weather of Govindghat remains pleasant throughout the year but the winters are very harsh. Therefore, the place remains closed between the months of November to April. You can either hire a mule or avail the services of a local porter to reach Ghangaria from here. Ghangaria also serves as the base camp for Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.

Activities in Govindghat

TrekkingGovindghat is the starting point of many treks in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The world-famous Valley of Flowers trek commences from Ghangaria which can be reached from Govindghat. The religious pilgrimage of Hemkund Sahib also starts from Govindghat.

PilgrimageThe holiest shrine of Badrinath is just 25 kms from Govindghat while the pilgrimage on foot to the revered Sikh shrine Hemkund Sahib at an elevation of 4,600 meters goes via Govindghat. Thousands of devotees partake in this annual journey.

Lying en-route to Badrinath shrine, Valley of Flowers as well as the famous Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib, Govindghat offers myriad opportunities to stay as there are plenty of accommodation options there ranging from deluxe hotels and resorts to budget guesthouses. Apart from that, by God’s grace, there is also a large Gurudwara at Govindghat where people can stay. 

Being a fairly popular town and lying en-route to Hemkund Sahib, the bustling town of Govindghat has many restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines. The hotels have their own in-house restaurants which offer Indian as well as Chinese cuisines. Apart from that, there are also roadside dhabas and local restaurants available at Govindghat.

You can hire Mules and porters from here to reach Ghangaria, which is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Govindghat remains opened from May to October end as the region remains closed in the winter months. The climate of Govindghat remains salubrious throughout the year.

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