VALLEY OF FLOWER TREK
It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holds worth stumbled on the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition. There were "at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairyland of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf, but brilliant in colour". Bustling with beautiful, lively and vibrant colours, this park spread over an area of 87.5 sq. kms. has the largest collection of wild flower species.
As though created by nature itself, the beauty of the park is enhance by the Pushpawati river flowing in the vicinity overlooked by towering Rataban peak in the background. More than 300 species of wild flowers bloom and swing with life during the monsoons. Also inhabiting the place is the amazing variety of Himalayan butterflies. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilization, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley, the playground of fairies and nymphs. Legends also associate this valley with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected "Sanjeevani" herbs to revive Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama. The valley can be visited only during the day, and overnight stay is prohibited
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
AREA COVERED: DELHI - RISHIKESH - JOSHIMATH - GOVIND GHAT - GHANGARIA - VALLEY OF FLOWER - GHANGARIA - GOVIND GHAT - JOSHIMATH - RISHIKESH - DELHI
DURATION: 07 NIGHTS/ 08 DAYS
Day 1. Delhi - Rishikesh
Pick up from Railway Station or Airport and departure for Rishikesh. Evening at leisure to explore the holy town of Rishikesh and Aarti Darshan at Triveni Ghat. Overnight stay at Rishikesh. (225kms/ 6hrs drive)
Day 2. Rishikesh - Joshimath
After breakfast leave for Joshimath. Lunch enroute in Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Joshimath
Joshimath: is the winter home of Sri Badrinath. It is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. It is one of the 'maths' established by Adi guru Shankaracharya (251kms/ 10hrs drive)
Day 3. Joshimath - Govind Ghat- Ghangaria
After breakfast leave for Govindghat thereafter 13 Kms trek to Ghangharia. Overnight stay at Ghangharia.
Govindghat: is the confluence of Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga Rivers. It has an imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Govind Singh.
Ghangharia: is the base camp for trek to Valley of Flowers where lodging and boarding facilities are available. (Drive20kms/45min) [Trek 14 kms/5hrs]
Day 4. Ghangaria-Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria
After breakfast with pack lunch leave for Valley of flowers. Return back to Ghangharia. Overnight stay at Ghangharia
Valley of flowers: East of Badrinath is the exotic valley of Flowers in a conical shape with the river Pushpawati flowing through it. This valley has been declared as a National Park, It is 18 Kms trek form Govindghat. A must - see for all nature lovers (16kms trek/ 6hrs)
Day 5. Ghangaria- Hemkund Sahib
Ghangaria After breakfast leave for Hemkund Sahib. After Darshan and Pooja return back to Ghangharia. Overnight stay at Ghangharia.
Hemkund Sahib: Near the Valley of Flowers is the holy lake Hemkund - an important pilgrimage of the Sikhs and Hindus. Along it shores is the sacred Sikh Shrine where Guru Govind Singh, the tenth guru unified with God after prolonged Meditation in his previous birth. Nearby is the Laxman temple. The reflection of surrounding snow clad peaks in its placid waters offers a scenic sight.(12kms/ 5hrs)
Day 6. Trek Ghangaria - Govind Ghat
Drive Joshimath After breakfast trek to Govind Ghat and drive to Joshimath. Overnight in Joshimath. (14Kms.Trek/ 4Hrs)
Day 7. Joshimath - Rishikesh
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Overnight in the hotel. (251kms/ 10hrs drive)
Day 8. Rishikesh- Delhi
After breakfast leave for Delhi. Arrival Delhi in the afternoon. Tour Concludes. (225kms/ 6hrs drive)