Planning for a trip towards the Valley of Flowers are not that much easy because of the trek route. During the monsoon season i.e. in the month of July and August this place gets maximum rain every year. This place is situated at an altitude of 3600mt above the sea level in the western part of the great Himalayas. Valley of flowers is one of the renowned national parks in the state of Uttarakhand. This place is highly recognized for its meadows of Alpine flowers in the valley and its huge range of several flora and fauna. This place spread over 87.5 sq km along with the Nanda Devi national park together. This place Valley of Flower is first discovered by the famous Botanist and English Mountaineers while tripped in the Bhyundar Valley in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand state.
This valley is truly blessed with nature with endangered and rare species of flowers which mostly blossoms during the monsoon season. So the best time to trek this place is on July and August. According to historical myth, this place has been occupied by the fairies. In the year of 1982 this place has been declared as the national park which comes under the famous world heritage site in the present time. This place is the most favourite destination for the botanists, nature lovers and trekkers. This place is truly blessed with the rarest flower called Brahmakamal, the cobra lily and the blue poppy.
It belongs to the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state which belongs to the western Himalaya range in India.
Right Time to Visit: The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season i.e. during July and August. Every year this place opens during the month of June. After August the entire region of this national park are fully covered with snow so it is suggested not to trek this place after August. It is also suggested to carry necessary gears for trekking while planning for Valley of flower trip.
Major tour attractions in Valley of flowers: Here you will get to see some rare species of flowers. This place is truly blessed with nature unlimited beauty. The entire route and trail towards Valley of flowers are completely covered with Hyundai gang that sparkles in the internal part of the Garhwal region of Himalayas. The whole region is filled with more than 500 species of flowers like Rhododendron, Daisies, Calendulas, Brahmakamal, Anemones, Poppies, Orchids and Primulas etc. Once you reached this place you can also explore huge range of alpine flower forests.
Hemkund Sahib – Pilgrim centre for Sikh: While people are travelling towards Valley of flowers they most prefer to visit this place of Humkund Sahib. It is one of the most renowned pilgrimages for Sikh community and located very close to valley of flowers. This pilgrimage is situated at an elevation of 15,200 sq ft above the sea level and you will see one glacial lake surrounded by the peaks. You can travel Gurudwara only by bare foot. To reach the Gurudwara your trek route starts from Ghangaria which is also the base camp for the Valley of flowers. From this point the trek route divides and you will trek more 6 km to reach the gurudwara.
The nearest destination for Valley of flowers with Hemkund Sahib yatra is Joshimath and one can easily travel by road. If you are in search of nearest airport then let me tell you Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport which is 315 km away. If you wish travel via rail then Haridwar is the nearest railways station. Then you need to travel forward by road only as these hilly areas.
Trek route: The trek route towards Valley of flowers starts from the Govindhghat which is located 16 kms away from the Joshimath. The trek route towards Valley of flowers starts from the Govindhghat which is located 16 kms away from the Joshimath. You can travel through motor vehicle up to the Govindghat only after that you need to trek the route for 14km to reach the camp site Ghangaria. From Ghangaria you need to trek 4-5 km to reach Valley of flowers and 6km to reach Hemkund Sahib. Both destinations are located different direction from each other. A visitor need to come down after exploring the destinations because lodging and camping are not allowed in the upside of the valley.
Accommodation: It is highly essential to know about the accommodation option while travelling towards these mountain regions. If you are travelling from Delhi then it will completely 7 days trip from the capital city. One must aware about the rules and facts while trekking. As this valley is open only for 2 months so the resources are very limited and you need to follow every instruction. The accommodation facilities are only available in Ghangaria but the lodging are not that much luxurious. In this region you will get small hotels and lodges for your stay. For best luxurious accommodation you will only get Joshimath, Rishikesh and Haridwar etc.
While you are planning for a Valley of flowers with Hemkund Sahib yatra it will be better for you plan your trip with the help of a travel agent. So they will perfectly arrange every kind of your travel aspects. If you book the trip with the help of the agent then they will also guide you the safety measures of your trip so you can enjoy your entire trip fullest. Once you will get a reliable travel organisation first discuss with them about the tour package and if you need to customise to ask them to customise it as per your need and budget.
As we all know this journey is truly adventurous and religious as well so we need to follow certain safety measures and facts for having a hassle free and enjoyable trip. If you book the trip with the help of an agent then they will guide you in every possible way. They will also suggest you the list of products you need to carry while travelling towards this mountain area. So enjoy this vacation in the natural surrounding with your near and dear ones and bring lots of memories while returning home.