Flowers that reach the horizon, flowers vary in size, colour, and shape, with ever-flowing streams flowing from the surrounding mountains, magnificent meadows, and distant snow-capped peaks contrasting with the evergreen mountains. the occasional fog that makes the whole place so beautiful – this Valley of Flowers (VoF) park in the state of Uttarakhand is still one of the few clean places to be found in India.
It may have been due to the fact that until recently, the only way to get there was a trip. Things have changed now, with helicopters taking people to and fro. The valley is home to many birds and plants that live in the area and is a haven for hikers. VoF trek is considered one of the easiest to measure and one can choose to experience what the high Himalayan trek can be like.
Valley Travel Guide for Travel: –
Now let’s take a look at the detailed Valley of Flowers tour guide where I will talk about how to get to it, where to stay, what to do, what to expect, and what not to expect. Finally, I will share with you some of the most frequently asked questions about a Valley of Flowers tour. So, without wasting any time, let’s go on an adventure.
Location and height: –
The Valley of Flowers is located on icy peaks like Gauri Parvat (Tipra Glacier starts here), Rataban, Kunt Khal, Saptsring, and Nilgiri Parvat. VoF is a park itself that is part of the Inanda Devi Biosphere, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The streams you see in the valley are the river that meets the Pushpavati River, which flows from the Tipra Glacier of Bhyunder of the Garhwal Himalayas and joins the Lakshman Ganga in Ghangaria. From Ghana, the river turns into Bhyunder, flowing into Alaknanda in Govindghat about 12 miles [12 km] downstream. This valley runs along the banks of the Pushpavati River.
How to Get to the Flower Valley: –
When the area is green and natural, it is often difficult to reach. One has to take many trips, although it is possible to drive straight to Govindghat from Delhi (about 500 kilometres) avoiding a few steps.
Delhi – Haridwar / Dehradun (By train/bus to Haridwar, flights also available at Dehradun)
Haridwar / Dehradun – Joshimath (approximately 280 km, 10 hours per road. Public transport or rental taxi)
Joshimath to Govindghat (20 km, 45 min by road. Public transport or rental taxi)m
Route A (budget option) –
Govindghat – Starting trip (4 km, walking or shared taxi/jeep)
The first place of travel – Ghangaria (11 km walk, mule, carrier)
Ghangaria to VoF (Trek 5 km by foot, porter)
Route B (Splurge option) –
From Govindghat to Ghana (Helicopter)
Ghangaria to VoF (Foot, porter)
Valley of Flowers Trek Details:-
Govindghat (1920 m) to the starting point of the trip (2195 m) – a gradual ascent of well-marked roads. One can walk or rent a shared taxi for 400 INR and save some valuable energy.
In the area where the journey begins, there are dozens of carriers, and mules available for hire. It is best to leave luggage in Govindghat and carry only essentials in a travel bag. You can even send a backpack to mules at your hotel in Ghana. Then you can walk safely with the camera and the only water bottle (many places you can refill).
First trip (2195 m) to Hungary (2926 m) –
easy to measure trip. It is a gradual ascent, and a well-established approach is available. Up to part of this route, the Lakshman Ganga River is one-sided, and after crossing the river (bridge), we can no longer see the river. In some places, it is steep; it helps if you have a stick. This route has snacks (esp where you cross the river) where you can have your lunch and proceed.
Gwangaria (2926 m) to VoF (3505 m). We can continue walking a distance of 2-3 km within the valley to reach the end. Only two miles [3 km] from the village is open to visitors and the rest is covered under the central park.
Ghangaria (2926 km) to Hemkund Sahib (4300 m) – If you prefer, one can also visit the Hemkund Sahib (Sikh pilgrimage site), with Gurudwara and the icy lake behind it surrounded by misty mountains. A rough ride of 6 miles, but mules are available for hire in Ghana which you can use for Hemkund.
The Best Time to Visit:-
Every year the spectacular flowering procession begins in these high alpine meadows. Although it opens in mid-June until September when the snow begins to melt, the best time to visit is to see the flowers bloom in July and August.
The valley is inaccessible from December until early May. Each month different flowers bloom on the carpet in the valley with a variety of flowers. It may rain for a day or two, but seeing the valley makes all the tension go away.