Ghangaria is a small village on the way to Hemkund Sahib, a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs which is about 6 km from here and the Valley of Flowers, a national park known for its variety of flowers about 5 km from here. It is located in the northern Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 3049 meters in Uttarakhand state of India.
Location in Uttarakhand, India
|Coordinates: 30.701697°N 79.593587°E|
|Elevation||3,049 m (10,003 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Ghangaria is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which forms Lakshman Ganga, that later meets the river Alaknanda at Govindghat. It is the last human habitation in the Bhyundar valley. This place is usually used by travelers as a base camp to visit Hemkund and Valley of flowers. It is only open from May till September. The rest of the year, the valley is covered under snow.
Ghangaria can be reached after a trek of less than 11 km. Shared taxis are available up to 4 km from Govindghat. Ghangaria has a helipad.One can also hire a porter or mule or a helicopter to avoid this strenuous trekking. There is no clear road, only a path made of rocks.Latest track is good for walking. A walking bamboo stick will be helpful, available in gobindghat for only 20-30inr. Ghangaria has various hotels including one from the GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam), restaurants serving Punjabi, Chinese, Garhwali dishes, shops, camping grounds and a big Gurdwara to accommodate pilgrims. Other than this few more hotels are available now. Services are better than GMVN. Earlier only satellite telephone service was available, with only one outgoing call allowed for the entire village at any given time, but now you get weak signal of BSNL, but not Jio or Airtel. Going up for 600 meters take left for Valley of flowers after having ticket. Straight up is way to hemkund sahib.
Places to see in Ghangaria Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50 km2. It can be reached by a short trek of 5 km from Ghangaria. The valley is entirely covered with blooming flowers from mid July to beginning of September and with the sheets of snow during winters. The Valley of Flowers was declared as the national park in the year 1982 and it is now a World Heritage Site. It is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers as well. It is the home of over 500 species of wildflowers. The way to the valley is wonderful. A serene environment near a water fall, you can just stop and hear the sound of music, three to four different sound of that falls can be appreciated by close hearing. On the way you can just enjoy the beauty of whole road Hemkund Sahib: The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh ji meditated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests Lake of snow& and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329 m above sea level amidst several snow-capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. A star-shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 6 km from Ghangharia to reach Hemkund Sahib. The best time to visit this place is from June to October. This route is having spectacular view of flowers beside. On a sunny day hemkund sahib becomes lovely and enjoyable. Taking a bath in hemkund should not be missed. A lifetime experience. One may take mule, palki or duli, carrige by men from Ghangria to hemkund as this route is bit tougher than valley of flowers, though many people enjoy the route by walking.
Recent floods in the area
Flood in Uttrakhand on 16 June 2013 affected accessibility of Ghangaria. Ghangaria village is accessible now.
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