Gwaldham, Uttarakhand

Gwaldham is a sleepy little town, on the border of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills. Set amidst green woods and apple orchards, it is located at an altitude of 1629 m. 40 kms away from Kausani, Gwaldham offers a fascinating view of Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi (7817 m), Trishul (7120 m) and Nanda Ghunti (6309 m). It is the starting point for some of the most exciting trekking routes in the Himalayas and the base for the trek to Roopkund. The place has many apple orchards and one could go exploring roads which wind their way through dense forests and terraced fields dotted with rustic cottages of small towns known as Tharali and Narain Bagar to meet the Ranikhet – Pandukhal road at a place called Simli, which is 8 kms short of Karnaprayag. AS one looks up, one sees the snow capped peaks. The valley which stretches for miles has the river Pindari flowing through it. This small hamlet with its far spreading fields is one of nature’s paradises.

Fast Facts

Height: 1629 m

Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Gwaldham

Road: Gwaldham is well connected by roads from all sides. It is 36 kms from Kausani, 22 kms from Baijnath, 45 kms from Bageshwar and 149 kms from Nainital.

Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station at a distance of 160 kms.

Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar, 250 kms away.

Tourist Attractions in Gwaldham

Gwaldham with its salubrious weather and unspoilt serenity, is a heaven nestling in the woods. The entire area up to Talwari is full of orchids. A 3 kms trek amidst bewitchingly beautiful nature in the company of nameless flowers, endless springs and countless birds will take you to Badhangarh Temple, perched on a narrow ridge. From here you can have a glimpse of the never seen marvels of the Himalayas.

If you are adventurous enough, Gwaldham is the base of the trek to Roopkund. Roopkund is situated at a height of 4800 m, in the midst of Trishul Massif. It is referred to as the mystery lake due to the finding of hundreds of frozen human bodies and skeletons, which are believed to be the remains of royal who lost their way and died here. The route to Roopkund passes through delightful alpine, pasture land and snow fields and offer magnificent views of the Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba peaks.

Baijnath: The famous temple complex is on the bank of the local Gomti river. This group of temples was built by the Katyuri rulers in the 13th century. The main temple houses a beautiful idol of goddess Parvati. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati were married here.

Kausani: 40 kms from Gwaldham, this picturesque hill station, nestled amidst dense pine forests, offers a closer view of the Himalayan splendor, especially the Nanda Devi mountain range. Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for some time. The ‘Anashakti Ashram’ is built here in his memory. Read More>>>

Bageshwar: It is located at a distance of 45 kms on the confluence of local Gomti and Saryu rivers. It is an ancient pilgrimage centre. The famous Baijnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is also the base for treks to Pindari Glacier, Kafni Glacier and Sunder Dunga Glacier.

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