Gwaldam Hill Station
Gwaldam is a sleepy little town situated about 3 kms from the Baijnath. It is starting point for some of the most exciting trekking routes in the Himalayas and the base for the trek to Roop Kund. This quaint small hill station is hovering at an altitude of 1700 mts above the sea level and is located in the Chamoli. This place exhibit many apple orchards and one could go about exploring roads which wrap around their way through dense forests and terraced fields. Gwaldam offers a fascinating view of Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. For trekkers, Gwaldam offering a 3 km trek amidst bewitchingly beautiful nature in the company of nameless flowers, endless springs and countless birds will take you to Badhangarhi temple, perched on a narrow ridge.
Places to See in Gwaldam
- Buddhist Khamba Temple – This very famous Buddhist temple is situated about 1.5nkms from the market. The Bauddh Math is truly worth to visit. The sanctum is lined with statues of various incarnation of Buddha.
- Badhangarhi – This major attraction of Gwaldam is situated on a high mountain at an elevation of 2,260mts above the sea level. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this place has remains of the fort of kings of past.
- Gwalnaag – Situated 3kms from Gwaldam, Gwalnaag is located on the Dhalua meadow. Ideal for skiing, this place experiences a large number of tourists every year.
- Machhi Tal – This gentle stream is spreaded in an area of 9 km cut out of Gwaldam the road to Debal. Machhi Tal came into limelight in 1928, when the British thought they would breed fish here for own. The very spectacular spot amidst thick forest makes it a lovely picnic spot.
- Angora Farm – This farm is located about 1 km ahead from main Gwaldam’s main market. It was established in 1987, the farm has five shillas or homes for 170 mohair goats.
Gwaldam is not merely famous for its majestic beauty but it as well caters tourist attention for excursion. Place to excursed in Gwaldam include:
- Bageshwar – Situated about 34 kms from Gwaldam at the confluence of Sarayu and Gomti, Bageshwar attracts thousands of pilgrims from all across the country as its believed that Lord Shiva wandered here as a tiger. A big crowd can be seen in Bageshwar in January every year when Uttarayani fair is held here.
- Baijnath – Situated about 22kms from Gwaldam, Baijnath is a famous temple to be excursed. The main attraction in this temple is the black stone idol of Parvati sited at the main entrance. You cannot enjoy fishing here but can feed them some snacks. If you truly love this kind of tour, never forget to make a tour to Kot-Ki-Mai kali temple which is located about 8km from Baijnath.
- Bedni Bugyal – This place is a meadow of lush green grass and hence adventures treks consider this place a most suitable place to trek. The spectacular view of snow capped Himalayan peaks can be easily visible during the trek.
- Chaukori – Located at an altitude of 2010mts, this place is known for common sights including ripening corn, fruit orchard and tall pin, oak and rhododendron tree.
- Kausani – This popular hill station of Kumaon is perched at an elevation of 1890mts above the sea level. Situated about 38kms from Gwaldam, this beautiful hill resort set amidst many snow-capped peaks. With extraordinary natural beauty and scenic grandeur, this place will not leave you without winning your heart.
- Karnaprayag – Located at a height of 788mts above the sea level, Karnaprayag is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River where it meets with Pindar River. This place is known for an ancient temple dedicated to lord Karna of Mahabharat, natural beauty with lush green mountains, white gushing river and picturesque excursions.
When to Visit
With its salubrious climate, Gwaldam is a little heaven nestling in the woods. This place can be easily visited any time of the year.
Where to Stay
Tourists coming to Gwaldam can easily find ample of hotels and resorts nearby this place. These accommodation options range from budget low cost economical hotels to luxury deluxe hotels from home stays to heritage hotels to resorts. Ensure to make your booking online to get exclusive discounts on hotel room rates and packages.
How to Reach
- By Air: Pantnagar Airport is a domestic airport connected to Delhi with four round trips every week. Taxis are easily available from Pantnagar International Airport to Gwaldam.
- By Rail: The nearest rail head to Gwaldam is Kathgodam located about 169kms before Gwaldam. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam railway station to Gwaldam.
- By Road: Gwaldam is well connected by roads. It is accessible easily from both Garhwal and Kumaon region. Buses and taxis are easily available to Gwaldam from major towns of Utarakhand state.