Gauchar is a Hill Town located in Karnaprayag tehsil within Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India. Gauchar is situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and is en route the celebrated holy destination of Badrinath. Situated at an altitude of 800 meters above the sea level,Gauchar is surrounded by seven mountains like ROME. Gauchar is well known for its historic trade fair. This quiet little town is unique in terms of its geographical location and topography. Gauchar is located on one of the largest pieces of flatland in this mountainous region of Uttarakhand. This places Gauchar at an advantage of having the potential of hosting an airport in future. Already, an airstrip is under construction here that promises to propel development of this place which has immense potential in terms of tourism.
Gauchar Mela of Uttarakhand is a great attraction for the local people and the traders and mercahnts from every corner of the state. Held every year for a week starting from 14 November, Uttrakhand's Gaucher mela is fundamentally an industrial fair. It is attended widely by tourists and inhabitants of the state alike. The cultural programs like the local dances and songs always remains a major attraction of Gauchar mela at Uttarakhand. Gauchar Mela in Uttarakhand was first organized in 1943 and has since taken place every year on the same dates. Trade between India and Tibet was open at that time. On this side, the trade was largely carried out by the Bhotias, who inhabit the frontiers of Chamoli Garhwal, bordering Tibet. But these high-altitude regions were covered with snow throughout winter, and the inhabitants used to migrate to lower altitudes for six months.
The Gauchar Mela at Uttarakhand helped the Bhotias to sell their woolen handicrafts and buy the raw materials for the next summer trade across the borders. It was not only a local fair; people from across north India, especially, Uttar Pradesh, attended it. After India's independence, Gauchar Mela started to be organized by the government as a developmental, industrial, and cultural fair. It is considered as one of the major fairs in the region for promotion of trade and culture. All the state government departments participate in this annual event, which is a platform to showcase modern agricultural methods.
Interesting Places To Visit:
Apart from serving as a halt for yatris on their way to Badrinath, Gauchar itself has some ancient Hindu temples that you can visit like:
Places To See Near Gauchar:
How To Reach:
- Raul Devta Mandir
- Bhairavnath Mandir
- Mata Kali Temple
- Paneshwer Shivalaya
- Best location for Gauchar is flowing Alaknanda River
By road, Gauchar is well connected with major destinations like Haridwar
, Delhi and so on by NH 58 that passes through the town. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh (235 km) and nearest airport is Jolly Grant of Dehradun
.It is 400 KM away from Ghaziabad, India.