Gangoli in the local dialect means the river that garlands and since the hamlet was significant as a marketplace, it became Gangolihat. Since Gangolighat itself is of major prominence due to the Haat Kalika temple shrine, it has also emerged as a major tourist destination with the Patal Bhubneshwar caves nearby.
Gangolighat is equally popular for its age old temples and shrines as it is for these complex and primitive caves which have a strong mythological and spiritual connect in the Hindu philosophy which is the dominating religion in India and these parts. 'Haat Kalika', 'Ambika Dewaal', 'Chamunda Mandir', 'Vaishnavi Mandir' are some of the many auspicious and spiritually awakened temples dedicated to the many forms of the Goddess Kali who is strongly worshipped here. These temple shrines are strategically placed in these locations because of esoteric relevance and Gangolihat at its elevation itself provides a clear view of the Nanda Devi Additionally the 'Vaishnavi Mandir' deserves special mention due to its prime location which provides an unobstructed view of the Himalayas.