VALLEY OF FLOWERS
Heaven on Earth.
Valley of Flowers Highlights
- Very true to its name, the trek to Valley of Flowers floors you with infinite flowers in full bloom and can actually be renamed as a floral fairytale romance!
- Attain peace of mind at Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh Gurudwara nestled beside a high-altitude dazzling lake largely known as Hemkund, whose literal meaning is “Lake of Snow”.
- Privileged as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the floral fragrance from the carpeting flowers entices you throughout the trek
- To ensure a worry free trek much efforts are put in for your safety and proper sanitization of all equipment
- Witness the heavenly land where the fairies flutter joyfully in the absence of humans, according to the locals.
Valley of Flowers Overview
The Valley was discovered in year 1931, Three British Mountaineers, Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R. L. Holdsworth, were lost on their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt.Kamet and reached the valley which was full of flowers. Later Frank S. Symthe wrote his book “Valley of Flowers” Later in the year 1939, The british botanist, Joan Margaret Legge arrived here to study flowers. She was deputed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, which studying about wild flowers she lost her life by slipping from the rocky terrain in Valley. Her sister later came here and formed a memorial near the spot.
The place was only known to the natives of Bhyundar Valley due inaccessibility, It was believed that the Valley was inhabited by the fairies and Gods. The local shepherds would graze their Sheep and goats in the Valley before the Valley of flowers was declared as a national park in 1982 and later in 2002 it was recognized as World heritage site. This created the tourism from around the world.
Best time to Visit
There is always the best time to visit Valley of Flowers, It depends how and when you want to see the Valley. Is it the big glaciers and snow clad mountains or the Valley in full bloom or at the end of season when the sky is blue and the Valley turns total brown.
June: In the month of June, you witness the big glaciers on the way to Valley, the Valley is complete green with very few and small flowers. This is the time when snow melts and the seeds germinate. June being the Vaccation period for everyone and peak season for Pilgrims of Hemkund Sahib. However one can still visit the Valley to see the greenery and natural beauty of Mother Earth.
Mid July to August : This is the time when Valley is in Full bloom, you can find most of the species in this period. Huge colonies can be seen with the vibrant color of flowers.
How to Reach:
By Air: The Nearest Airport is in Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 295 Kms away.
By Train: The nearest Railway station is in Rishikesh, 276 Kms away.
By Bus: Reach ISBT Kashmiri gate, New Delhi, and take the late-night bus to reach Rishikesh probably by 4 am.
Then you can easily find the Buses or public transport for Joshimath/ Govindghat.
Day 01): Drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Govindghat. (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)
Day 02): Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. (Trek 10km/ 4hrs)
Day 03): Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back to Hotel. (Trek 5km, one-way/ 3hrs)
Day 04): Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Hotel. (Trek 6km/ 4hrs each side)
Day 05): Ghangaria to Govindghat (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)
Day 1: Arrival at Govindghat.
Start early from Rishikesh/ Haridwar and take a Bus that goes directly to Govindghat/ Pandukeshwar or take Tata Sumo which goes to Joshimath/ Govindghat. Reach the hotel by evening and relax after the long journey, the next day you have to trek for 9 Km to reach Ghangaria.
Day 2: Trek to Ghangaria, base camp for Valley of flowers. (4 km by road, and 9 km by trek)
Start the day by having your breakfast, reach Pulna village by a shared taxi for 4 Km, and start your trek to Ghangaria (9Km). You can also hire a mule to offload your luggage. By evening reach Ghangaria, check-in at the hotel rest, and relax. You can also head out to explore the small market or go and watch the Documentary show about Valley of Flowers.
Day 3: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back (4km trek one way)
Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast, and reach the Valley of flowers entrance gate by 7:30 with your one ID proof. Carry your packed lunch and water bottle from Hotel itself as there are no eateries or shops in the Valley. Enjoy and explore your day in the breathtaking Heavenly Valley. Start heading back before 2 pm as the weather conditions may change and it might rain which increases the water flow in the Pushpavati River.
Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib (6km trek one way)
Start your day with early breakfast and get ready for a total steep climb of 6km, you can also choose to go by Mules, dandi, Kandi. Reach the Highest Sikh Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib beside the Lake, you will also see the rare Brahma Kamal every now and then. After Gurudwara Darshan have hot tea and khichdi as prasad, relaxing for a while decent back to Ghangaria.
Day 5: Start early after breakfast to decent back to Govindghat, the aim is to reach early so you can also explore Badrinath Dham as the situation permits.
Things to carry:
- Shirt, full sleeve T-shirt.
- One lightweight fleece and one thick fleece.
- Thermal Innerwear(upper & lower), and a woolen cap.
- Water resistance trekking pants.
- Windproof/water resistance jacket and waterproof gloves.
- Comfortable waterproof trekking/hiking shoes.
- Daypack: Small rucksack to carry your packed lunch, water bottle, camera, etc.
- Cap, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, and a small towel.
- Water bottle, Dryfruits, chocolates, a protein bar.
- Trekking pole or walking stick.
- Raincoat/poncho, Umbrella
- Personal medication, personal toiletries.