Uttarakhand- The Devbhoomi or God’s own land is totally blessed by mother nature by high snow-clad mountain peaks, lush green valleys, high springs, rivers, glaciers and flora & fauna. The only land made by god can have these specialities that’s why it is called -” Devbhoomi Uttarakhand”. This land is also considered as sacred because there are several pilgrimage places are there. Most of them belong to Hinduism and some them to Sikhism.
The Valley of Flower trek is a part of a national park whose name is same as this trek. This trek is just like a big bouquet of flowers made by mother earth at the western Himalayan region. Full of a different kind of flowers of various colours. From the height, the view seems like a big rainbow laid on the ground with surroundings of Himalayan Peaks. It got its status as a national park in the year 1982 and recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site in the year of 2005. This area is also the habitat of endangered Himalayan species like blue sheep, snow leopards, red fox, brown bear, musk deer and Asiatic black deer.
How to Reach At Valley of Flowers
This heavenly place is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Chamoli is known for its natural beauty. From the surroundings, you can view green forest valleys and Himalayan peaks. There are various ways to reach the starting point, which is Govind Ghat base camp. To reach at the Govind Ghat first you have to reach Haridwar which is the Gateway for Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. Haridwar is well connected by all the major cities.
By Road- Haridwar is strongly connected with all nearby major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow. To reach Haridwar government as well as private buses are available. After reaching early in the morning before 8:00 am the various government and private buses are available for Govind Ghat. It will take 11-12 hrs to reach from there depends upon the traffic conditions.
By Air- The nearest domestic airport that is Jolly Grant airport is 20 km away from Haridwar. This airport is well connected with all major airports and strongly connected with Delhi by air. So from there, you can hire a private tourist taxi which will drop you at Govind Ghat or you can take public transport.
By Train: Haridwar railway station is one of the major railway stations of Uttarakhand. It is well connected with all major train routes of India. From the railway station, you can hire a private cab or take a bus according to availability.
Day 1- Haridwar to Govind Ghat Base Camp
Day 2- Govind Ghat to Ghangaria Trekking
Day 3- Ghangariya to Valley of Flowers and return
Day 4- Ghangariya to Hemkund Sahib and return
Day 5- Ghangariya to Govind Ghat
Day 6- Govind Ghat to Haridwar
It requires 5 nights and 6 days to visit Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Both places are so beautiful. At the Valley of Flowers, you will feel the natural richness and at Hemkund Sahib you will seek the blessings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji which was the tenth guru of Sikhism.
Things to Carry For Trekking at Valley of Flowers
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Lip Balm
- A good quality Backpack
- Pair of quality trekking shoes
- Trekking Poles
- Led Flash Light
- Personal toiletries
- Woollen Clothes
- Wind Cheater
- Id proof
- Rain Gears
- Smaller bag for carrying water bottles and snacks
- Plastic bags or garbage
- First Aid Kit
- General Medicines for Flu and Cold
- UV Protected Sunglasses.
Best Time to Visit
Valley of Flowers opens for visitors each year during the first week of June and closes at the last week of October. In the monsoon season and in winters due to extreme cold and heavy snowfall valley remains closed. It is the national park area so timings of opening and closing are fixed. Stay or camping is not allowed.
Since it is the national park area so there are not any kind of food points available in it. So before going there pack your food and water. As a responsible citizen do not leave any kind of garbage in the valley it will harm the vegetation, flora & fauna. Carry plastic bags with you to collect you own garbage and dispose of it at the proper place. As you will roaming in the wilderness so try to avoid the activities which harm animals and nature.
This is all about Valley of Flowers Trek so stay blessed and keep trekking.