Ghangharia (5 km):
In the midst of a pine grove, Ghangharia serves as a base for visiting Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Accommodation: Tourist Rest House (GMVN).
Govind Ghat (15 km):
Govind Ghat is situated at the confluence of the rivers Alakananda and Bhyunder or Lakshman Ganga. It has an imposing Gurudwara which provides comfortable accommodation.
This high altitude lake (4,320 m) is about 2 km in circumference. Its clear, still waters reflect images of the Saptashringa peaks (5,500 m) which surround it.
Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib:
This sacred Sikh shrine is situated on the shores of the Hemkund Lake (4,320 m). It marks the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and the last Guru, unified with God after meditation. An outlet behind the Gurudwara is the source of the River Lakshman Ganga. A small temple nearby is dedicated to Lakshman.
Joshimath (38 km):
It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya performed penance here. After enlightenment, he established a religious centre (Math) here, which he called ‘Jyotirmath’. Joshimath has temples dedicated to Goddess Durga and Ugra Narasimha, the lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Badrinath (42 km):
Badrinath is a holy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.