About Gauchar

Nestled on a giant flatland or plateau flanked by seven mountains; Gauchar is a scenic little town within Karnaprayag sub division of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. The small town is situated on the left embankment of Alaknanda River at an altitude of 2,620 feet above sea level. Gauchar’s strategic topography makes it a viable region with a massive open area in Uttarakhand region which serves as an airbase and also plays host to the historical trade fair held every year. Gauchar is a popular stopover or resting place for pilgrims visiting Badarinath Temple in the mountains. The airstrip acted as a vital rescue zone and relief base for the Indian Army operations for victims of the 2013 flash floods which ravaged Uttarakhand.

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History of Gauchar

It is estimated that in between 1000 AD and 1803, Gauchar was ruled by the Pal dynasty (also known as Shah Dynasty then under the rulership of Pradyuman Shah) which was overthrown by the Gorkhas during the devastating earthquake which ravaged the area. The British captured the town in 1815 and merged it with Chamoli district. After independence in 1994 Gauchar was upgraded to a Nagar Pachayat.

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Thereafter Gauchar was owned by the Panwar kings who ruled Garhwal region previously which they gifted to the Badarinath Temple. Much later in the 1920s, Gauchar came into the limelight when wife of then Viceroy of India; Lady Willingdon landed on the airstrip followed by Pandit Nehru’s visit along with his sister Vijay Lakshmi Pandit enroute Badarinath in the year 1938. 

Gauchar Mela or Gauchar Trade Fair is a popular event in the region being held since 1943 conducted by the Bhotias of Chamoli district specializing in woollen garments, asafetida, jewels, cloth etc. The industrial fair is organized every year from 14th November for a week along with folk dance and songs, cultural performances attended by tourists from neighboring regions as well as far flung places.

Geography of Gauchar

Gauchar is strategically located in one of the biggest expose tableland in the mountains enabling air operations and the area acts as an airport. It is situated at an angle of 30.28° N 79.15° E.

Gauchar airport acted as a lifeline for transporting airlifted victims of Uttarakhand flash flood in 2013 and a relief base for the military operations underway.

About Gauchar

Gauchar is comprised of twenty two villages in total namely; Angodh, Khajurdhar, Gaulung, Chinka, Chatwa Pipal, Bamoth, Panai, Quithi, Dua, Danda dhamdham, Galnau, Bhatnagar, Besoud, Bandarkhand, Matha, Ranau, Rawalnagar, Sari, Saile, Srikot, Sidoli and Jhalimath.

Tourism in Gauchar

Devotees and pilgrims rest in Gauchar before embarking on the pilgrimage towards Badarinath Temple. However there are a few notable tourist and religious spots in Gauchar such as Bhairavnath Temple, Mata Kali Temple and Paneshwar Shivalaya. Gauchar provides an amazing view of the Alaknanda river from high above.

Best Time to Visit Gauchar

Gauchar can be visited through the year except monsoons when the roads might get damaged by heavy rainfall and landslides.

Hotels in Gauchar

There are not many big hotels in Gauchar area although there are several hotels in its neighborhood.
Given below is a list of hotels in and around Gauchar:

GMVN Gauchar Tourist House
Address: Gauchar, Chamoli
Ph no: 0135-2740896
Tariff: NA 

Monal Resort
Address: Badarinath Road, Chamoli
Ph no: 01364-233901
Tariff: NA

Mandakini Hotel
Address: NH 58, Badarinath Marg
Bhanadhar, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand-246171
Ph no: 01364-233598
Tariff: NA

Hotel Pushpdeep Grand
Address: Bhanadhar, Rudraprayag
Ph no: 01364-233111
Tariff: NA

Hotel Jwalpa Palace
Address: Main Badarinath Highway
Gulabrai, Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand-246171
Ph no: 09868939348
Tariff: NA

Hotel The Kedar Dev’s
Address: Bhakunda, Badarinath Highway
Badarinath, Uttarakhand-246446
Ph no: 08395061579
Tariff: INR 1500 onwards

AR Resort
Address: Kameda Gauchar, Badarinath Road
Gauchar, Uttarakhand-246429
Ph no: 08750713298
Tariff: INR 2215 onwards

How to Reach Gauchar

The nearest airport to Gauchar is at Jolly Grant Airbase in Dehradun while the nearest railhead is in Rishikesh at a distance of 235 kilometers.

Gauchar can also be accessed by National Highway 58 from destinations like Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar and more.

Distance of Gauchar from major cities and towns

Delhi-Gauchar: 457 kilometers
Rishikesh- Gauchar: 208 .6 kilometers
Haridwar- Gauchar: 227.3 kilometers
Karnaprayag- Gauchar: 10 kilometers
Badarinath- Gauchar: 134.3 kilometers
Chopta- Gauchar: 44.6 kilometers
Rudraprayag- Gauchar: 23.5 kilometers
Augustmuni- Gauchar: 31.8 kilometers
Hemkund Sahib- Gauchar: 63.6 kilometers
Gopeshwar- Gauchar: 50.5 kilometers
Guptakashi- Gauchar: 66.7 kilometers
Harsil-Gauchar: 264 kilometers

Tourist Places near Gauchar

Gauchar offers a spectacular view of the Alaknanda River with several religious spots in the vicinity.  Besides, Valley of Flowers is located very close to Gauchar as well as Hemkund Sahib. Badarinath Temple is located quite close to Gauchar and there are plenty of destinations around the region.

Hariyali Devi Temple in Jasoli village near Gauchar, Karnaprayag and Rudraprayag are notable sightseeing spots that are highly recommended for tourists visiting the region.

Gauchar’s topography makes it a crucial stopover for major religious destinations in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand whereby it acts as a gateway to the mountains with the biggest flatland at a straggering height.

Emergencies in Gauchar

Gauchar does not have basic emergency options to tackle with unforeseen circumstances for which residents have to visit neighboring towns to avail these facilities.

Given below is a list of emergencies near Gauchar:

Police Station in Gauchar

Karnaprayag Police Station
Address: Badarinath Road, Karnaprayag
Chamoli, Uttarakhand-246444
Ph no: 01363-244203

Fire Station in Gauchar

Rudraprayag Fire Station
Address: Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand-246171
Ph no: NA

Chemist in Karnaprayag

Sab Medical Store
Address: NH 87, Karnaprayag
Ph no: NA

Healthcare in Gauchar

The closest hospital to Gauchar is in Gopeshwar in Uttarakhand. There are not many healthcare facilities in Gauchar and residents have to visit nearby towns for availing advanced healthcare facilities.

District Hospital

Address: Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand-246401
Ph no: 01372-252245

Utilities and Services in Gauchar

Post Offices in Gauchar

Karnaprayag Post Office
Address: Karnaprayag, Chamoli
Ph no: 01363-244212

Gas Service in Gauchar

Karnaprayag Gas Service
Address: Badarinath Road, Karnaprayag
Chamoli, Uttarakhand-246444
Ph no: 01363-244348

Banks in Gauchar

Punjab National Bank
Address: Gauchar, Chamoli
Ph no: NA
IFSC Code: PUNB0694900
Branch Code: 694900

Central Bank of India
Address: Gauchar, Chamoli
Ph no: 01372-2650107/09358852112
IFSC Code: CBIN0284028
Branch Code: 284028

Union Bank of India
Address: Main Market, Gauchar
Chamoli, Uttarakhand-246429
Ph no: 08937000669
IFSC Code: UBIN0573477
Branch Code: 573477

Union Bank of India
Address: Dehradun PO Majra, Sewalka,
Gauchar, Uttarakhand-248171
Ph no: 09495590385
IFSC Code: UBIN0574066
Branch Code: 574066

Petrol Pumps in Gauchar

Saheed Sunil Kandpal Filling Station
Address: NH 58, Gauchar, Chamoli
Ph no: NA

Gauchar Fact Files

Name: Gauchar
District: Chamoli
State: Uttarakhand
Population: 7303
Altitude: 800 meters
Weather: Cool and moderate weather throughout the year
Languages Spoken: Hindi
Pin Code: 246429
STD Code: 01372

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