A trip to the beautiful, quaint village of Gwaldam, nestled between Garhwal and Kumaon region, would feel nothing less than a fairytale, as no matter where you lay your eyes, the presence of vast and crisp blue skies along with the mighty snow-clad mountains leave you beguiled to the core.
Full of forests and spectacular small lakes, the organic abundance of nature makes Gwaldam a very refreshing travel experience. Due to its magnificent raw beauty, it won’t be wrong to suggest that Gwaldam is one of the best Instagrammable travel destinations in India.
And as far as the adventure lovers are concerned, it won’t be disappointing for them as well, as here, a lot of trekking activities are available. In addition to that, you can happily take a stroll too in the lap of nature.
There are many aspects of this travel destination, which are still somewhat untouched by the chaos of the city life; and perhaps that is the key reason, why people from cities love to come here and spend some quality time, unwinding themselves.
As far as travelling is concerned, you can visit Gwaldam all year round, given the pleasant weather. The place is a perfect escape from the scorching heat of summer, and the winter season is also very enjoyable.
History of Gwaldam
Since the very beginning, Gwaldam has some prominent chunks of history attached to it. The mention of this destination is incomplete without talking about the Gwaldam Battle that held between the Garwhal Army and the Chand Dynasty of Kumaon.
Historians claim that this battle was fought in 1590 A.D. Furthermore, the place saw the rule of several provinces like the Garhwal Kingdom which was then followed by the Chands, Gorkhas and then finally the Britishers before our country got independent in 1947.
At present, this adorable town of the Chamoli district is part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Situated at an approximate distance of 20 km from Kausani, this place is adorned with many small and huge temples. These temples carry great historic and religious significance. It is believed that the Baijnath temple was constructed in the 12th century. As the legend goes, Lord Shiva had married Sati at this very place; the confluence of River Garur Ganga and River Gomti.
2. Kausani Tea Estate
As the name suggests, this place is just perfect for getting your hands on some tasteful organic tea, and also it is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. Situated at 5 km (approx) from the town, the estate is spread in an area of about 208 hectares. Apart from that, this is truly an amazing location where you can stroll much to your heart’s content. The only thing to consider is that you must not visit this place in the months from November to March, as during this time, the premises remains closed.
3. Shopping in Kausani
Kausani is a small hill station but still, you can shop a variety of items from the local market. The speciality of this place is a range of hand-made items that you can take as souvenirs for your loved ones. You can also consider taking tea from the Tea estate.
How to Reach
Gwaldam is an intense concoction of nature’s abundance. This is the kind of place where you should be visiting for a chilled out vacation. Gwaldam is located at an approximate distance of 461, 1,701, 1,503, 2,378 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of transportation.
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport situated at an approximate distance of about 200-250 km. It is best to take connecting flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to reach here. After you get off the airport, take a cab or a bus to reach Gwaldam.
The nearest railway station is the Kathgodam Railway Station. It has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities. Once you deboard at the station, you will need to take some means of public transportation to reach your destination.
This place is well-connected to motorable roads with other cities. If residing in nearby regions, you can consider travelling here by cab, bus or your own vehicle.