Govindghat

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Govindghat
town
Govindghat Town
Govindghat Town
Govindghat is located in Uttarakhand
Govindghat
Govindghat
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 30°37′N 79°33′E / 30.62°N 79.55°E / 30.62; 79.55Coordinates: 30°37′N 79°33′E / 30.62°N 79.55°E / 30.62; 79.55
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
Elevation 1,828 m (5,997 ft)
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Govindghat, a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It lies around roughly 22 km from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6000 feet. It is the roadhead and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.[1] Hundreds of people, mostly Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers, arrive here everyday.

Govindghat, as seen after crossing Alaknanda River

The Gurudwara, located on the right bank of the Alaknanda River, is the most important landmark in the area. It also provides accommodation to pilgrims. The local market has many hotels, guest houses and restaurants. The economy thrives on the traveling season, which begins at the end of May and lasts until the end of September.

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  1. ^ "Joshimath way cleared, pilgrims move ahead". The Times of India. 11 July 2004. Retrieved 5 June 2013.