Believe me when I tell that despite my participation in numerous excursions and treks, no other location has ever been able to rejuvenate me the way the Himalayas have. Our preferences determine where we want to go, how we want to get there, and what we want to bring back.
There is a lot to see, but my goal was to touch the untouchable and experience the unfelt. This time, I was going on an adventure to heaven in Uttarakhand (The Valley of Flowers).
The Valley of Flowers, also known as the “Abode of God,” is a place in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District of the Garhwal region that is famous for its meadows of rare alpine flowers. Walking to this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great way to experience the eponymous Himalayan valley, which is teeming with rich biodiversity and magnificent surroundings, whether you’re a nature lover, mountaineer, or botanist. You will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip through an off-the-beaten-path, remote hamlets, deserted places, and a variety of flora and animals as you make your way to this breathtaking beauty. At a height of 4,389 metres, the valley is home to several species of animals that are in danger of extinction, including the brown bear, blue sheep, Asiatic black bear, and snow leopard.
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Haridwar to Valley of Flowers Route
Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Destinations: Haridwar, Govindghat, Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers
Day 1: HARIDWAR TO GOVINDGHAT (The time required to travel the 275–300 km total route is 10–12 hours.)
Day 2: GOVINDGHAT TO GHANGARIA (Trek of 10 kms, 5 Hours)
Day 3: GHANGARIA TO VALLEY OF FLOWERS AND BACK TO GHANGARIA (4 to 5 Hours)
Day 4: GHANGARIA TO HEMKUND SAHIB AND BACK TO GHANGARIA (12 Kms Trek, 8 to 9 Hours)
Day 5: GHANGRIA TO GOVINDGHAT (10 Kms Trek, 5 Hours)
Day 6: GOVINDGHAT To HARIDWAR (290 Kms, 9 to 10 Hours)
Ideal Season to Visit the Valley of Flowers
Every year on June 1 the valley opens and closes. When the Valley of Flowers is in full bloom with flowers, from July to September is the finest time to come. The greatest time to observe the flowers bloom is in August, but travel there may be challenging owing to landslides and heavy rain.
Heavy snow keeps it passable for the remainder of the year. Remember that access to the Valley is only permitted during the daylight; you may enter the Valley only between the hours of 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and you must exit the Valley by 5:00 PM. Camping overnight is not permitted.
What to Bring on The Valley of Flowers Trek
- Normal sports shoes are sufficient for this journey, however ankle-high hiking shoes or trekking shoes with water protection will always assist to keep your feet dry and protect your ankles from twists or injuries.
- Backpack with a water bottle and a change of clothes, Umbrella/A Raincoat, Wet Wipes, A Flashlight, A Lighter
- Wool clothing (Sweater, Gloves, Socks)
- Medicines For Headaches, Stomach-Issue, Cold & Fever
- Bring bandages, sprain sprays and balms, and insect repellent.
I still had the impression that it was a lovely dream that left me but lingered with me. I am so grateful for my experience and will urge everyone who reads this to at least once in their lifetime feel the aura and sensation.