"Valley of Flowers is one trek where many people begin their journey of trekking in the Himalayas. It is one of those rare natural botanical gardens in India. Flowers bloom everywhere in a riot of colours. On one side of the flower-decked valley tall cliffs climb to the sky. The other side is guarded by snow-clad mountains. A serene river glidesthrough the middle of the valley.
The Valley of Flower is a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet. It is the valley of the stream Pushpavati, a tributary ofAlaknanda. Frank Smythe discovered 'The Valley of Flowers' in 1931 on his way back after a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet. Ferns, dwarf iris, dwarf larkspur, dwarf rhododendrons, primula, blue poppies, fritillaria, asters, potentillas, inula grandi floras and hundreds of other species grow wild in the valley.
The Valley of Flowers is a riot of colour in August/September. Well over a thousand varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing textures and colours paint the valley in a gorgeous display. The valley is a natural plantation surrounded by the dazzling snow clad Himalayas, a feast for the botanist and amateur alike.
Day 01: New Delhi – Rishikesh (7–8 Hrs)
Arrival at Delhi Airport / Railway station, leave for Rishiukesh, Lunch enroute. Arrive at Rishikesh by evening. Spend your leisure time at Laxman Jhulla. O/N Rishikesh.
Day 02: Rishikesh – Joshimath (7–8 Hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening. O/N Joshimath.
Day 03: Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghanghria (14 kms)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat, the starting point of the trek From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. O/N Ghangaria.
Day 04: Ghanghria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghanghria (3 kms one side)
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Brahma kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Str- awberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. O/N Ghangharia.
Day 05: Ghanghria – Hemkund (6 Kms one side)
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. O/N Ghanghria.
Day 06: Ghangaria - Govind Ghat - Joshimath
After breakfast trek down to reach Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the area. O/N Joshimath.
Day 07: Joshimath – Rishikesh (7–8 Hrs)
Early morning drive to Haridwar with packed breakfast. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Lunch enroute. Arrive Haridwar by evening. O/N Rishikesh.
Day 08: Rishikesh – Delhi (7–8 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast leave for Delhi back. Drop at Delhi Airport / railway station. Journey ends here.
|Group||Departure Date||Arrival Date|
|01||14th July||21st July|
|01||28th July||4th August|
|01||11th August||18th August|
|Rishikesh||Hotel Divine Ganga / Hotel Green / Hotel Peepal tree / Similar|
|Joshimath||Hotel Dronagiri / Abode by Himalayas / Similar|
|Ghangaria||Hotel Nand Lokpal / Valley of Flowers holiday home / Similar|
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