“Valley of Flowers” – Who knew the result of a lost route would lead to the discovery of this unique and beautiful valley that remained unexplored by the very own locals and inhabitants. The Valley of Flowers trek was discovered by a team of 6 British mountaineers in the year 1931 including R.L. Holdsworth and Frank S. Smith who lost their route on their way back from mount Kamet and happened to come across the beautiful Bhyundar valley. After returning Frank S. Smith wrote his book ‘Valley of Flowers’ which gave this name to the valley.
1) A beginners trek
This trek is one of the popular Indian treks and has gained huge popularity as a beginner’s trek in the Uttarakhand region as it is a moderate level trek.
2) A World Heritage site
The Valley of Flowers was declared a National park in 1982 and is considered a “WORLD HERITAGE SITE”. Trekkers see different kinds of endangered species like an Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard and blue sheep. The tranquil backdrop of the majestic mountains, and the picturesque track, will give trekkers a feeling of being amidst the” LAND OF FAIRIES”.
3) The Himalayas
If you are a Himalayan lover, you will love this trek. Wandering among the snow-covered mountains and drinking nectar off numerous waterfalls in the valley is an experience of a lifetime. This valley is also surrounded by Zanskar and Greater Himalayan ranges in the North and South.
4) Hemkund Sahib
This trek also takes you to the Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib JI, worship of worship and pilgrimage for the Sikhs. Located in the Himalayas at a height of 15197 feet, every year, more than 150,000 pilgrims reach here to offer their prayers on the banks of still the blue Hemkund Lake.
5) Govind Ghat
After an overnight stay in Joshimath, morning depart from the hotel and drive up to the place called Govind Ghat. Govind Ghat is 22 km away from Joshimath and is also a starting point for trekking. Govind ghat is situated at an altitude of 6000 feet. You will not get enough time to explore the area as you need to hurry up for reaching Ghangaria.
However, Govind Ghat is a beautiful place to look around and also a confluence of rivers of Alaknanda and Hem Ganga. The presence of beautiful Gurudwara makes this place more worth seeing. 14 km trek starts from here for base camp Ghangaria. The road leads to Badrinath from here as well.
After trekking 14 km, you will reach the base called Ghangaria, a tiny hamlet that lies on way to the Hemkund Sahib (a famous pilgrim shrine for Sikhs). Ghangaria is a base point for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Ghangaria village is situated at an altitude of 3050 meters in the state of Uttarakhand.
Valley of flowers national park is about 4 to 5 km away and Hemkund Sahib is about 6 km from Ghangaria. It is the last habitation in the Bhyundar Valley. There is also a confluence of rivers Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati that forms Lakshman Ganga.
Ghangaria can be accessed only from June to September because this place is covered under heavy snow the rest of the year. Mules and porters are also available. In these small settlements, there are also some good hotels and restaurants available. Do not expect any sort of luxury accommodation here in Ghangaria as it opens for just a couple of months. There are basic facilities and amenities available in hotel rooms. Overnight stay at Hotel.
7) A package Trip
One amazing trek that takes you on a religious and cultural trip to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath, Kedarnath and Badrinath, making it an ultimate trip with Adventure + spirituality + Culture, how interesting isn’t’ it?
8) A Budget trip
This trip gives all the possible options for the budget travellers who look for cheap transport, stay and keep an eye on the money they spent. Autos, jeeps and other shared options are easily available for reaching from Haridwar to Joshimath. Some cheap guest houses can be picked up here for an overnight stay before heading to Govindghat from where the trek to the Valley begins.
Best Time to Visit
This Valley is accessible only from June and by the end of June, the flowers start reaching their youth and blossoms fully. This is when the Valley transforms from “white snow-capped” to a Valley of flowers” showing new colours every day. The best time to visit is between July to September.
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