Govindghat is situated on NH58 at an elevation of 1828mts above the sea level. It is the commencement point of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Located on the banks of the holy Alaknanda River, a major part of Govindghat was damaged during the flash floods of 2013, but now it has been restored though not as much as before.
There are many hotels, restaurants, resorts and lodges in Govindghat providing good and comfortable accommodation facilities. There is also a large Gurudwara where you can stay and have free meals. 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.
The Gurudwara located on the right bank of Alaknanda River is the most important place of the area, and it was badly damaged during last years floods. All essential stuffs required for trekking, are easily available in the local market.
The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated 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 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. The 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 19km starting from from Govindghat to reach Hemkund Sahib and the best time to visit this place is from July to November.
|Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50sqkms. The trek of 16km to Valley of Flowers commences from Govindghat with a halt at Ghangharia. The valley is entirely covered with blooming flowers from June to October 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. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers as well. It is the home of more than 500 species of wild flowers
It is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you a travel towards Hemkund Sahib. The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore it remains open from May to October. A Gurudwara, GMVN rest houses and a few more hotels provide accommodation facility at Ghangharia.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Govindghat situated at a distance of 292kms and is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport as taxis are easily available to Govindghat.
The nearest railway station to Govindghat is the Rishikesh railway station is situated 273kms before Govindghat on NH58. It is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India as trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh and taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh, Shrinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Govindghat.
Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Govindghat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Govindghat is situated on National Highway 58 making it easy to reach.