Ghangaria - Gateway to the Nature

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

September 29th 2009 (Govindghat)
We have started packing our luggages so that we could start towards Ghangaria-a gateway to the nature.

                                                                                  Ghangaria
                                                                Ghangaria is the base camp to
Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib.Its the last human habitation


                                                                                      @Ghangaria-a view from the top of our room 

From Govindghat we started our journey around 8 AM in the morning and reached Ghangaria around 3.30 P.M, Total distance from Govindghat to Ghangaria is around 14KM.It is a track which is full of natural beauties and eye catching views. One has only few options for this track either on his own feet or can opt to hire a porter or mule. But if you want to enjoy nature and love adventure we must advise you to go on your own.
                                   Track
The road to Ghangaria is not a clear and a good road as we have already pointed it's' a  track/road made of rocks. Also its highly advisable to take as few things as possible, carrying lots of lluggage can be a problem in the track.


                                                                                                                          Tips
                          Cost of things will start increasing and due to the medium level  track
its advisable to take with yourself some Dry fruits, Glucose
 (any instant energy provider drink),
Biscuits and don't forget to taken your medicin kit with yourelf.

On the way to Ghangaria

It took us around 6 hours to reach Ghangaria and this track was full of natural beatuties including green valley, snow covered peaks and rivers/streams.

Track was really a tiring one and we were almost half dead when we reached Ghangaria, one mistake we made that we packed a lot of clothes which increased the weight of the bags, nights and morning temperature at Ghangaria is very low so one must keep this in mind while start packing but on the track you will feel hot and humid.

                                                        Eye catching view on way to Ghangaria
                                                      Weather               
Being at an altitude around 3100 Meters, this place is unpredictable with respect to the weather condition and one must pack a rain coat for dealing with any such kinds of conditions. Ghangaria remains open from the month of May to the end of Sepetember and for rest of the time it is covered under 8-10 feets of snow.
                                                                  
                                                                  Ghangaria
Ghangaria is situated at the bank of the river Lakshman Ganga which is coming from Hemkund sahib lake and its also the meeting point of the two rivers Lakshman Ganga and Pushpawati which is flowing across the Valley of Flowers.

                                                                 Another capture on way
                                                                 Accomodation
One can find a number of accomodations at Ghangaria and rates depend upon the time one is visiting Ghangaria, if someone is visiting Ghangaria in peak season then rates are quite high. Here are some of the accomodation options for anyone visiting Ghangaria.

  1.  Gurdwara
  2. Local Hotels (Rates are varaibles)  
  3. GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) accomodation (Recommended)
GMVN hotel can be booked online and this is the most preferred accomodation in terms of facilities and comfort.

                                                              Eating out
There can be number of options for eating out at Ghangaria but being a basepoint for popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs one can find good numbers of Punjabi dishes but one can also find number of restaurants offering variety of options. Here is a small list for the eating out options
  1.  Gurdwara : Best if one want fresh and good food
  2. GMVN : They also have a restaurant where one can find fresh and hygenic food.
  3. Some Local eating out points : Not sure about the food quality


                                                             Communication
In order to get one connected to outside world one can find number of PCO at Ghangaria where one can make STD/ISD calls but rates are quite high like 10 INR per minute. Beside that BSNL have their mobile connectivity even at Ghangaria so you can also get your self equipped with BSNL simcard.
Ghangaria is only the gateway for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. We will cover Hemkund Sahib, a place which is surrounded by 7 peaks in our next post. So stay tuned for a visit to the Great Himalaya with us.

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5 comments:

mannu March 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

amazing trip, amazing moments, and above all a satisfaction while watching the nature, THE TRUE PART OF LIFE. :)

lena March 16, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

Did I mention I feel jealous when I look at the pictures??

Amazing beauty! And great post :)

Meliha April 2, 2010 at 3:18 AM  

What amazing pictures...beautiful!

Meliha
--http://straddling-continents-cultures.blogspot.com/

Ravi January 19, 2012 at 2:27 AM  

Can you please confirm if it is advisable to travel to this place in the last week of January.

Travelling Rants January 19, 2012 at 7:25 AM  

@Ravi
The trek at this time of the year will be closed and you have to wait till April end.Generally the place get closed from October to May (starting).

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