About Gwaldam

Gwaldam is a sleepy little town, on the border of Garhwal & Kumaon hills located amidst green jungles and apple orchards, offering a fascinating view of Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi (7817 mt), Trishul (7120 mt) and Nanda Ghuti (6309 mt).

This quaint little hill station is perched at an altitude of 1700 mts above the sea level and is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. It lies on the route which connects the Garhwal region with Kumaon.

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Gwaldam Hill Station

Gwaldam with its salubrious weather and unspoiled serenity is a little heaven, nestling in the woods. The entire area up to Talwar is full of some of the most beautiful orchids. A 3 km trek amidst bewitchingly beautiful nature in the company of nameless flowers, endless springs, and countless birds will take you to Badhangarhi temple, perched on a narrow ridge. From here you can have a glimpse of the never seen marvels of the Himalayas.

The famous Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra goes through Gwaldam and the trek to the mysterious Roopkund Lake is the most renowned trekking excursion of Gwaldam. It is situated just 38kms away from the famous hill station, Kausani. Gwaldam is still quite an untouched and less known travel destination making it a place to visit.

From Gwaldam, the road winds its way through dense forests and terraced fields dotted with cottages of Tharali and Narain Bagar up to the Ranikhet-Pandukholi road.

Activities in Gwaldam

TrekkingGwaldam 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 an unparallel Himalayan view.

Village TourismApart 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.

Gwaldam is a quaint little hamlet situated on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal region and hence gets the 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.

Finding a high-end restaurant that serves a 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 Chains to name a few. 

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 the Garhwal kingdom followed by Chands, Gorkhas, and British. At present, the toy-town of Gwaldam is the part of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

People of Gwaldam

The people and culture of Gwaldam is an amalgamation of Kumaon and Garhwal region. The quaint hamlet of Gwaldam is surrounded by pine forests and looks down upon the valley which stretches for miles and the Pindar River flowing through it.

Gwaldam Photo Gallery

View of snow capped mountains, Taken from Gwaldam to Auli route.
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What is Gwaldam famous for?

Gwaldam is famous among tourist as Hill Station.

Gwaldam is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Emerging Destinations, Hill Station.

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