Valley of flowers Experience: This is where the Fairies live!
Seems like some scene from the old classic “Sound Of Music”. Unreal! The beauty all around stuns my eyes, otherwise accustomed to the concrete jungle and the polluted surroundings. It took me a lot of time to absorb it all and finally when it settled, I was into another world. I now know what “Heavenly” means. I am able to relate to words like “Peace”, “Beauty”, “Surreal”, “Bliss”, “Paradise”… I am suddenly reminded of Javed Sahab’s poem from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobarai -
Na kahin hai zameen, na kahin Aasmaan
Sarsarati hui tehniyaan, pattiyaan
Keh raheen hai ki bas ek tum ho yahaan
Sirf main hoon
Meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein
Aisi gehraiyaan, aisi tanhaiyaan
Aur main sirf main
Apne hone par mujhko yaqeen aa gaya
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The many hotels at Gobinddham offer you simple home style (vegetarian only) food (the daal and mushroom masala are to die for). Scenic beauty is in abundance, go and immerse yourself.
Activities & things to do: After the arduous trek, all you would crave for is a massage, hot bath, piping hot meal and lot of time to relax your aching muscles.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The best time to visit Valley Of Flowers is between mid-July August. to It’s advisable to carry good pair of trekking shoes, raincoat, muscle relaxant, pain relief spray etc. A good camera is a must to capture the beauty. Start early so that you come back in time, the trek is almost 3 km from the entry gate. You are likely to lose track of time and distance as soon as you set your foot though. Carry water and light snack in case you may feel hungry but please DO NOT LITTER.
Valley of flowers Experience: All day long trekk is worth the effort. The valley is just beautiful.
We made sarovar camp at Ghangaria our base camp, and trekked to valley early morning. The camp side is nice and has warm staff to make your stay comfortable.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is cooked fresh and has variety keeping in mind that they have a temporary setup at the campsite. The manager makes effort to serve the guests himself.
Activities & things to do: Trekking and more trekking and relaxing afterwards...
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Long journey.........
Valley of flowers Experience: Challenging, enticing and bewitching, the Valley of Flowers trip in Uttarakhand has been my most memorable holiday trip so far. It was difficult for a morbid city dweller to traverse the rocky upward slope with no one in the vicinity to even enquire about my last wishes in case I slipped and descended into those Himalayan pits. Nevertheless, a successful completion of that trip also restored my faith in myself, something I needed desperately at that point of time.
The morning of my ascent was gloomy, so was my mood. I was more worried about the welfare of my DSLR rather than myself. But the weather cleared soon and I set out for a hectic but fruitful day. My soul feasted on the lush green surroundings splattered with multi colored wild blossoms, much as the oversized rodents feasted on the moss gathered on non-rolling stones. By the way these rodents were the only mammals I witnessed. Although the Valley of Flowers is a National Park and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is not because of its fauna but due to its flora only. Ephemeral flowers start appearing in the valley from nowhere with the advent of summer. They last for a few months from May to September but the entire valley keeps changing color every weak like a chameleon. The day I reached it, the predominant color was purple with a generous tinge of yellow and white. I was also told that musk deer come to the valley at night for grazing, but one must be lucky to witness that ethereal sight. I spent several hours clicking photographs and detoxifying by polluted lungs. But I had to come back by the afternoon as camping is not allowed in the valley. My data card was full of photographs but my heart wasn’t. I know I will return soon.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The base camp Ghangaria has several small hotels and lodges. Most of them offer similar rates as well as similar menu. Services are very basic and the area is prone to power cuts.
Activities & things to do: From Ghangaria you have to trek 4 kms upwards to the valley. You can't camp in the valley and hence you must come back to Ghangaria before it is dark for your own safety. You may also visit Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh Shrine following another route from Ghangaria.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The usual route is via Haridwar-Rishikesh-Rudraprayag-Chamoli-Joshimath-Govindghat-Ghangaria.
Valley of flowers Experience: Valley of flowers is THE HEAVEN .Words cant express its beauty.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We stayed at Nand Lokpal Palace at Ghangharia. This place dosnt have electricity and all that you get is 3 hrs in morning and 3 hrs in evening generator generated power. Everything is double the MRP as it has to be carried to ghangharia by ponies. People who are going for the first time should prefer rooms to tents.
Activities & things to do: Basecamp ghangharia offers not much activities except you speak to locals to know about their lives but one day to Hemkund and one day for Valley Of Flowers shall make you feel satisfied.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry good decent raincoats if travelling in July and August. Essentials for stay at Ghangharia (basecamp for Valley of flowers and Hemkund Saheb)- Torch, snacks, woollens (Socks, caps and sweaters), waterproof bags, umbrella. Travel light as during rains all it would be visible shall be raincoats. Carry lot of T shirts and lowers that dryup fast. A very good pair of shoes. Take Rishikesh Highway reach Joshimath, then Gobindghat from where trekking of 13Km starts to Base camp ghangharia. You should starts early from gobind ghat so that you enjoy the trek else you would be in hurry to finish before it gets dark. During rainy season the highway is prone to landslides and roads get blocked. Please carry lot of luck with you for smooth glitch free journey.
Valley of flowers Experience: Situated at a height of 3250 - 6750 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers comes alive with the arrival of monsoon. Vast shades of Alpine flowers against the backdrop of snow clad Himalayas along with flowing streams carrying crystal clear water and exclusive biodiversity promise a memorable journey.
Open from April to October, the best months to visit this floral heaven are July and August when the minimum and maximum temperature of the area varies between 7 degree and 17 degree Celsius. At this time of the year the valley blooms unabashedly and is at its picturesque best. The unique joy of experiencing the riot of colors in the monsoon with more than 300 species of blooming flowers is an extraordinary experience. Besides a variety of unusual floral species, the Valley is also home to exotica like Brahmakamal, The Blue Poppy & Cobra Lily. The Valley is also globally famous for its vast population of butterflies besides important birds like griffon vulture, snow pigeon, golden eagle and sparrow hawk. Many of the animals seen in the valley are enlisted as endangered and rare species.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) guesthouses are a reliable option for accommodation in the area besides plenty of private hotels and camping facilities.
Activities & things to do: Trekking, Hiking, sightseeing.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: • Your body adjusts to the altitude slowly. Don't let yourself become chilled or dehydrated
• Make sure to pack sufficient dry clothes as getting wet is common.
• Bring good footwear for walking. Waterproof hiking boots with ankle supports are best.
• Always carry a torch or flashlight.
• Carry sweets, dried fruits, and nuts to help boost energy on the trek
• Bring first aid supplies and medicines with you as the medical care in the region is very basic.
• Hiring a porter to carry your luggage from Govind Ghat will make the trek hassle free.
• As a measure of security if you hire a porter of mule, ask for an identity card and keep it with you throughout the journey.
Valley of flowers Experience: Valley of flowers located near Govind ghat is a perfect example of outstanding natural beauty. The valley is home to many celebrated flowers.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Places to see are valley of flowers and hemkund sahib.
Activities & things to do: Trekking.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Valley of flowers is located at Ghangria which is 14kms trek from Gobind ghat. Gobind ghat is between Joshimath and Badrinath. from Ghangria 7kms trek to valley of flowers and 5kms trek to Hemkund Sahib.
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