Valley of Flowers Trek: The Peaceful Floral & Heritage Zone in Uttarakhand
If Wonderlands seemed to entice you in life, then these valleys in Uttarakhand are just the perfect place to spend your vacation days. This time, with Funday Holidays, you get to enjoy a trekking expedition at the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand. This place is sure to make you enraptured by its mystical blend of fragrances, colors, sounds, and natural diversity.
Do you know this trekking destination was in the spotlight years before? Why is that?
Well, a dollop of environmental information will explain the importance of such a tourist place for the world. Back in 1980, the Government of India developed and maintained the Valley of Flowers National Park. This has caught the attention of UNESCO in 2002, and then it was adorned and labeled as the World Heritage Site from then on.
Today, this is one of the top-rated travel destinations for adventure trekkers on the global round. Our trip is a 6- day tour where you get to enjoy the ascent for longer days and not in a hurry. If you are a newbie in the valley of flowers trekking, then the challenge can be scaled as moderate to a difficult trek. It is certainly not an easy one, but also not a dangerous one. Plus, with our experienced guides, you learn a lot the right way!
Locally the place is called the Foolon Ki Ghati, and it is naturally snuggled within the West Himalayan area of Uttarakhand. The landscape is about 3600 meters above sea level. Trekkers and nature lovers flock within the area to see the blue Primula wildflowers that are rare and you are considered lucky if you spot one. Make sure to capture the flora diversity on your camera and make it a perfect Instaworth click. For those who are planning a trek to the Valley of Flowers, we suggest that it be done between the months of mid-June and Mid September.
If you are a floral lover, then don't miss the blooming time of the year. Get to see some of the most exotic flowers between July and August and they can uplift your moods.
Mythology states a beautiful story, as it is believed to be the valley from where Hanuman picked the precious magical herbs that give back life and strength to Goddess Lakshmi. The Ramayana will rewind you back to a time phase when such simple floral power could add so much meaning to one's life.
As a matter of fact, adventurers have often described the place as Heaven on earth. The place holds a medley of flowers, plants that have such intoxicating fragrances' to soothe the mind and soul. To reach the place, you have to make your way through a couple of historically constructed bridges, past the lush forests, and then finally walk by the banks of the powerful Pushpawati River.
Plus, once you trek uphill, make sure to pay a visit to the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, and it is a building of aristocratic architecture constructed at a height of 14,000 feet. The famous Gurudwara is the highest and most auspicious religious place for the Sikh community. The name was borrowed from the nearby glacial lake named Hemkund, which can be translated as the Lake of Snow. Be a part of the Hemkund Sahib Trek, to be blessed by the aura of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Alongside this religious trail, you can also visit a nearby temple that is dedicated to Lord Lakshman – the sibling of Lord Rama. This too has been constructed by the banks of the Hemkund lake.
Get locked in the peaceful vibes exuded from the glaciers that play around lazily. The waterfalls are great as they splatter water that cools the winds continually. We could go on admiring this wonderful place, but nothing beats a real-life experience, does it?
Itinerary customization is available.
1. Delhi to Haridwar
On the first day, once you arrive at the Delhi airport, we will escort you to Haridwar, where you will check in to the booked hotel. Get fresh and as time prevails, and if the weather comes in our favor, our guide will help around the town to see certain places. You can visit many pilgrimage spots in North India like the Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, and feel at ease for the Evening Ganga Aarti at Har ki Paud. By dinner time, you can return to the hotel, ad relax for the night at Haridwar
2. Haridwar to Auli
On the next day, you will be geared up and guided on the full day's trek plan. The road drive to Joshimath will start off in the morning. It is a pretty long ride, but nothing short of exciting views and memories. The road will run beside the banks of the rivers. As the vehicle moves uphill, the roads will be rugged; the rivers will get wider, and enjoy bouncy water sloshes as you drive by. By early evening, you will be facing the well-known Panchprayag, which is the confluence or junction point of the five holy rivers of the Ganga. These are Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag, and have a lot of religious significance for the people in Uttarakhand. Keep your storage devices and power banks near you, as you will have a lot to click and save.
3. Joshimath to Gangaria
On Day 3, right after breakfast, the drive to Govind Ghat will kick start for the next 22 kilometers approximately. From the Ghat onwards, the trek will start uphill, making the next destination – Ghangaria or rather the Govind Dham. It is about 3049 mt / 14 km from the Govind Ghat. You will have a great time interacting with other people on the trail hike. By lunchtime, you can enjoy the packed lunch that we give beforehand. As you move on, small stalls serving hot food will be available. You can choose budget-friendly meals like soupy hot noodles, buttery parathas, bread with egg omelets, and hot beverages. Spend the time snacking and enjoying the scenery around you. Moving on with the valley of flowers trek, you will finally reach the base camp which is the Hemkund Sahib area. Here you can refresh at the overnight hotel for the rest of the evening.
4. Valley of Flowers
The fourth day calls for some real trekking experience to the Valley of Flowers. Once you tread in the nearby places of the valley, don't be surprised if the fragrances of the exotic flowers wrap you in positive inspiration. The place is a lot of beautiful than what we can express and truly a sight you need to enjoy at the venue. Some of the flowers that make this Himalayan valley so divine are the wildflowers and plants like Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, and the Hooked Stick Seeds. They are known for colorful bloom periods, their magical cures, and most of the – they stretch over 5 kilometers and end by the glaciers nearby. This is an ocean of floral indulgence making this a great Heritage venue for the world to admire. With the weather in your favor, your eyes and minds are in for a visual fiesta as the Himalayan area will look clear, making the Nilgiri Parvat, Bhyundar Khal, Rattaban, Gauri Parvat visible, beautiful, solemn, and majestic. By nightfall, the team will have to return to Ghangaria and have a good night's rest at the hotel.
After some well-deserved rest and tasty breakfast, the return trek of about 14 kilometers will begin back to Govind Ghat. From then, the road drive will move Joshimath to Badrinath and this trip will help you shoot some of the interesting places, foods, and cultures of the place. At Joshimath, you can check into the hotel and rest for the night.
6. Joshimath to Haridwar
The last day is all about happy interactions with the guide, a great local breakfast, and then a relaxing drive back to Haridwar. You can specify where you need to be dropped off for the onward journey. There are many options to return, like either by road or even railway. We will always be happy to assist you on a safe return journey.