Govind Ghat Joshimath – A Doorway to Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib
On the way to Badrinath Dham plan a visit the Govind Ghat and the Valley of flowers, heaven on earth?
This place knocks you out with its enchanting beauty of flower valley. Have you ever imagined a valley covered with wide varieties of flowers and rare species of flowers like Brahma Kamalam, cobra Lilly so on? Plan a trip to this flower paradise trekking and explore the unexplored chapters of your life. Govind Ghat in Joshimath is located on the way to the divine Dham Badarinath and 22 km drive from Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 6,000 feet. This ghat is commonly visited by Hindus who go for Badarinath. Sikh who visit Hemkund Sahibji. Govind Ghat located at the confluence of two rivers Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga. Which makes this place a more divine and sightseeing place.
The easiest and cost-effective way to reach from Joshimath to Govind Ghat is via road transport(taxi). The Guruward for Sikh located on the right side of the river Alaknanda which provides accommodation and hotel for the pilgrims and tourists who trek to the valley of flowers. The best time to visit this place is from mid of may month to the end of September month. Hence, yearly thousand of tourists and devotees visit this place for pilgrimage and view the mystic valley of flowers.
The distance between Govind ghat in Joshimath to the divine Dham Badrinath is 25km. Whereas for the holy Hemkund Sahibji devotees need to trek an altitude of 4,600 m from here.
Gharwal region most of the trekking starts from the Govind Ghat in Joshimath. Therefore the famous and holy Hemkund Sahibji trekking starts from this Ghat. Whereas the mystic beauty Valley of Flowers Trek starts from Ghangaria. One can reach Ghangaria from the Govind ghat.
Fairyland on earth, to reach this place one as to start their Trekking Trail from Ghangaria as it is the base camp. From there you need to cross the bridge and trail adjacent to the Lakshman Ganga river. Once you reach the check post register your name and pay the fee for the entrance. This valley was discovered in the 19th century by a mountaineer called Frank Smith. In recent years it turned into the national park and declared as a World Heritage site.
A sacred place for Sikh worship Guru Gobind Singh here, yearly thousand of pilgrims visit this place. From the Govind Ghat, 9 km trek to Ghangaria village. You can either walk or opt for the ride on the pony. At Gurudwara lot of shelters and hotels available for the pilgrims. Winter this place is closed similar to Badrinath as the whole region will be covered with snow and in May when the time to open the temple. The devotees clear the road by themself.
If you plan a Chardham or Dodham yatra on the way make a visit to this beautiful place Govind ghat along with your family and friends which will leave you awestruck.