is a small village on the way to Hemkund
Sahib, and a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs
about 6 km from here and the Valley of Flowers
, a national park known for its variety of flowers about 3 km from here. It is located in the northern Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 3049 meters in Uttarakhand
state of India
. It is also known as Govinddham.
Ghangaria is situated on the bank of the river Lakshman Ganga. It is the last human habitation in this tiny 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 8 feet of snow.
Ghangaria can be reached after a 13 km trek from Govindghat
. One can also hire a porter or mule to avoid this strenuous trekking. There is no clear road, only a path made of rocks. Ghangaria has various hotels including one from the GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam), restaurants serving Punjabi dishes, shops, camping grounds and a big Gurdwara to accommodate all the pilgrims. Only satellite telephone service is available, with only one outgoing call allowed for the entire village at any given time.
In Ganghria The Larger River Pushpawati
flowing from Rataban
Ranges across the Valley of Flowers, meets the Lakshman Ganga
from Hemkund Lake(The glaciers of Haathi Parvat
peaks forms this lake), from here Onwards River is known as Lakshman Ganga