The boundary of Garhwal region commences from the northern plains and foothills of the Himalayas and extends upto snow clad peaks of the Himalayan range. Tons river separates the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state from Himachal Pradesh. Garhwal region is approximately spread over 55,000 sq. Kilometers.
Garhwal is worldwide popular for its temples and pilgrimages. The natural beauty of Garhwal and the Himalayan range has successfully lured nature lovers and adventure lovers. Garhwal is considered as one of the most holy place according to hindus and true devotees of different gods.
The scenic beauty of Garhwal Himalayas is irresistible and it will never stop delivering you peace and tranquility and every time you walk in the woods of the mountainous regions of Garhwal you will come back with a new poem and story to tell. The reason why Garhwal Himalayas are considered divine and popular is that this place is the source of two major rivers of India which helps in the irrigation of northern plains of India, namely Ganga and Yamuna.
Garhwal region offers diverseness is rich in varied flora and fauna, cultural heritage, Himalayas, rugged and lush green mountains, steep escarpments, deep gorges, panoramic valleys, magnificent glaciers, emerald lakes, numerous gushing streams, foaming rivers, and lush green meadows.
Garhwal is not only a destination of devotees and yoga but it is favourite amongst trekkers, mountaineers, Rafters, Kayakers, skier, bird watcher, and photographer as well.
The forests of Garhwal Himalayas are full of ayurvedic herbs, cypress, Deodar, oak, pine, rhododendron and a large variety of flora and fauna as well. These lead to lush verdant valleys and undulating green meadows carpeted with alpine flowers in summer. The blue and emerald lakes, majestic waterfalls, meandering rivers, rich thick forests, incredible mountains, green valleys and a wide range of flora and fauna including birds and butterflies, provide a glorious combination. The legendary Ganges, Yamuna and many rivers originate in the Garhwal Himalayas.
Garhwal is of the most popular and frequently visited places of Himalayan range. Garhwal region consists of some of the highest mountain peaks of the world. There are many unnamed and unclimbed peaks. As the Garhwal region is bordered with Tibet, a large number of peaks are still not open for climbing due to security reasons. There are more than 100 peaks in Uttarakhand state with a magnificent height of 6,000mts above sea level. Following is a list of selected named peaks of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
The peaks which comes in Chamoli district
Arbi Gamin, Arwa Crest, Arwa Spire, Arwa Tower, Avalanche Peak I, Avalanche PeakII, Balakun, Kamet, Nanda Devi, Rishi Pahar, Tirsuli West, Trisul, Uja Tirche
The peaks which comes in Uttarkashi district
Swargarohini, Thalay Sagar, Shivling, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath (Main), Kedarnath Dome