Govindghat

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A beautiful town named Govindghat is situated on the way to Badrinath at the point where the Alaknanda River meets the Lakshman Ganga in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. An immaculate destination situation in Garhwal, Govindghat is not just meant for the religious lovers but also for the ones who love adventures. Situated at an elevation of 1800 m, it is a base for most of the treks including the one leading all the way to the Hemkund Sahib and the marvellous Valley of Flowers.

The Gurudwara is situated on the right bank of the River Alaknanda and is an important landmark of the place. One can also find places to stay in here amidst the beauty of nature and the rolling hills. Ghangaria is another base point which comes after Govindghat from where the trek to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers begins officially. Govindghat showcases refreshing views of the alpine hills covered in mist. It is one of the best places to visit if you are looking for a place that offers peace and is a perfect getaway to find solace to break away from the monotony of your routine.

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Activities at Govindghat

Trekking
Out of the numerous treks which take place in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Govindghat is the starting point of many of them. The trek of the famous Valley of Flowers also begins from Ghangaria which can be reached from Govindghat. The religious pilgrimage of Hemkund Sahib too begins from Govindghat.

Pilgrimage
The holy shrine of Badrinath temple is situated just 25 km away from Govindghat. Also, the pilgrimage to the revered Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib at an elevation of 4600 meters which is covered on foot goes through Govindghat. Thousands of devotees become a part of this journey.

Nearby Attractions

Ghangharia
This is like the last place where humans reside on your way to Hemkund Sahib. It is a beautiful settlement which is the base for the trek to the Valley of Flowers. The picturesque beauty of the place along with the cool breeze makes it a perfect summer getaway.

Pushpawati and Hemganga Rivers
These rivers meet at the Lakshman Ganga. In case you are planning a trip to Govindghat, then Valley of Flowers should be on your list. You are going to come across almost 700 species of blooming flowers in this area along with some endangered species including the Himalayan Deer and the Asiatic Black Bear.

Badrinath Temple
One of the most religious destinations in India and situated around 40 km from Govindghat, this huge temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 must-visit places for the followers of Vaishnava Dharma.

Mana Village
Situated near Govindghat, this place is a tourist spot which is a must-visit for all the nature lovers. A 400-feet waterfall named Vasudhara Falls is situated here which is believed to have some spiritual powers. After trekking for about 5 km from Govindghat you are likely to reach these falls.

Best Time To Visit Govindghat

The perfect time to visit Govindghat is the summer and monsoon season. Avoid the winter season as the place becomes inaccessible due to heavy snowfall. The summer season lasts between April and June which are moderately hot along with a cool soothing breeze. The monsoon season falls in the moth of mid-June and lasts till September end. The temperature is pleasant at this time, and you can also go trekking during this time.

Food At Govindghat

There are a variety of dishes in Govindghat which vary according to the area you visit. You will get only vegetarian cuisine in the areas including Badri Nath and Bheem Pul. The food gets a distinctive taste due to a lot of usage of pure ghee and local spices. There are small shacks which serve delicious Chinese food and non-vegetarian Indian food near the Valley of Flowers and Bedini Ghat. Enjoy the Uttranchal cuisine along with hot fluffy Paranthas with vegetables stuffed inside which are served at numerous places here.

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