Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers Opening date 2019

Ghangaria full of Snow. Ghangaira in winters

This year there has been above normal snowfall in Himalayas. This affected the opening date of Hemkund Sahib and valley of flowers. In 2019 the Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib are opening on 1st June. Earlier Hemkund Sahib used to open on 25th May. But this time there is lot of snow on trek. Indian army clears the trek route and officially the opening date is fixed at 1st June.

The Hemkund Sahib is opening on 1st June in 2019.

Hemkund Sahib Trust manager Sh Sewa Singh.

Covid Cases Update 2022 in Uttarakhand

Highlighting the five-point approach of COVID-appropriate behavior compliance, testing, monitoring, treatment, vaccine, and therapy to stop the spread in Uttarakhand. The prevalence of COVID-19 is once more increasing.

It was urged that patients with minimal symptoms should initially be left alone at home, but that their health must be carefully monitored in order to allow for hospital admission if necessary. For COVID-19 testing, one should follow the rules given by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Intensify testing of COVID-19 samples at the district level, and send as many samples as you can for RT-PCR testing.

A COVID-19 test should be performed on patients with severe acute respiratory illnesses or influenza-like illnesses, and their data should be entered onto the Integrated Health Information Platform. Fast testing facilities should be made available, and if fever cases tend to cluster in a neighborhood, precautions should be taken.

According to recommendations from the federal government, vaccination rates should be raised. In order to treat COVID-19 patients, it is imperative that all medical facilities have an adequate supply of oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, oxygen beds, ventilators, intensive care unit beds, and critical medications.

There are 233 cases in Uttarakhand. Although Dehradun, Haridwar, and Pauri are three sensitive districts in the state, all arrangements have been made for the medical camp.

The government has established regulations regulating COVID infections. The government is making sure that all safety measures, including using masks and maintaining social distance, are implemented.

The virus-infected individuals will experience a mild to severe respiratory disease and will recover without the need for any special care. Some human beings get critical ailments and want to see a doctor. Extreme illness is more likely to strike older folks and those with underlying scientific ailments which includes most cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular ailment, or continual breathing illnesses. COVID-19 can cause all people to grow to be very ill or pass away at any age.

Being informed about the infection and the virus’s propagation is the first-rate strategy to forestall or slow down transmission. By means of retaining a distance of at least one meter among humans, donning a mask that fits nicely, and regularly washing your palms or using an alcohol-based totally rub, you can save yourself from infection and other human beings, while it’s your flip, get your vaccination, and abide by means of any neighborhood recommendation.

When an infected person coughs or breathes, the virus can spread from their mouth or nose in minute liquid particles form. From larger droplets to tiny aerosols, these particles are many. It’s crucial to use proper respiratory technique, such as coughing with flexed elbow, and to confine yourself to your home and rest until you feel better.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus starts to create genetic lineages when the virus undergoes genetic alterations over time. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can be mapped out similarly to how a family has a family tree. Occasionally, the characteristics of different branches of that tree affect how quickly the virus spreads, how severe the illness it produces, or how well therapies work to combat it. These modified viruses are referred to as “variants” by scientists. They might behave differently, but they are still SARS-CoV-2.

The Starting Point of Valley of Flowers Trek

The Starting Point of Valley of Flowers Trek

The Valley of Flowers is a gorgeous and enchanting spot in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District. It is an Indian national park known for its rich flora and animals. It is 3352 to 3658 metres above sea level. Every year, a large number of hikers and travelers visit the Valley of Flowers, a popular hiking destination! The National Park is 87.50 square kilometres in size, with a width of 2 kilometres and a length of 8 kilometres. With the Himalayan Mountains’ snow-capped peaks as a backdrop, the excursion to Flower Valley offers peaceful natural beauty. Joshimath, a holy hamlet near Haridwar, serves as the beginning point for the tempting trip to the valley.

Botanists, environmentalists, and mountaineers will enjoy the Valley of Flowers. There are endemic, unusual flower species, gorgeous meadows, and a diverse range of flora to be found. Valley of Flowers National Park is home to some of the world’s most valuable and rare flowers, as well as certain endangered animal and bird species. Among them are the snow leopard, musk deer, and Asiatic black bear. They are common, and Himalayan monal and pheasant are two examples of high-altitude birds that can be seen in the valley. Take in the breathtaking sight of the Valley of Flowers National Park’s riot of colour—the blues, yellows, pinks, and reds gleaming in the sunlight! As you enter the valley, the heady blend of smells coming from the flowers will hit you in waves, bewitching you with its perfection!

Reasons to Visit Flowers Valley:

There are several reasons why the Valley of Flowers Trek 2022 is worthwhile. The main cause is the valley itself. As you approach the entryway, you’ll notice a vividly colored carpet. Pink, blue, and yellow waves will flow throughout the room’s breadth and length. You can walk on a short path that goes amongst the flowers. As you go deeper into the cave, you’ll notice different flowers with different colours, shapes, sizes, textures, and smells. It will be fascinating to observe how large animals adjust to shifting vegetation. There are several options: sitting close to the flowers, standing close to them, or lying down on the exposed, slender walkway.

Along with its fragrances, the glacier at the valley’s end will provide a cool mountain breeze. You’d feel amazing as a result of it. The Valley of Flowers is a colourful spectacle of alpine blossoms in the heart of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Some believe that Hanuman gathered Sanjeevani Buti here to treat Laxman. Throughout your Valley of Flowers trek tour, you will be able to hear birds chirping and water running through streams. With its soothing wind and spectacular beauty, the Valley of Flowers is a photographer’s dream.

Conclusion:

The Valley of Flowers is a must-see for tourists because it checks so many boxes. It is a Himalayan destination as well as a natural phenomenon that occurs only twice a year. This Garhwal hike is ideal for even moderately fit folks. It makes no difference to our bank accounts (the cost is less if we trek). Helicopter services make the job considerably easier, allowing anyone to accomplish it. So, what are you looking forward to? Begin packing your bags right away!

How is the weather in Valley of Flowers

How is the weather in the Valley of flowers

Making Travel Plans to the Valley of Flowers? Here’s a look at the weather in the Valley of Flowers and the ideal time to go there.

The Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is hidden by snow for the bulk of the year and only becomes visible to tourists between June and September during the rainy season. The Valley of Flowers, home to over 300 distinct species of flowers, is at its most spectacular during this time of year. It is significant to remember that the park is only open during the day (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and that overnight camping is not permitted. Continue reading to learn more about the seasonal weather in the Valley of Flowers.

Monsoon (July to September)

The monsoon season produces a vast range of beautiful flowers that bloom as far as the eye can see, making this the finest time to explore the Valley of Flowers. With the possibility of seeing butterflies, deer, snow leopards, and Himalayan bears, the valley does not disappoint animal enthusiasts. The typical temperature range is between 13 °C and 20 °C, which results in a somewhat cool climate. Visitors should prepare for both infrequent showers and severe rainfall. Overall, this is the ideal moment to see one of the planet’s most extraordinary natural areas.

Summer (March to June)

The valley goes through a transitional period in the summer as the snow-covered meadows quickly disappear. In terms of observable biodiversity, this is not a very favorable time to travel. The landscape is changing as a result of the melting of the snow into a number of streams and rivers. Since the national park doesn’t open to the public until June and the temperature ranges from 15 °C to 25 °C, visitors can hike in and around the area. The driest month of the year is June, which makes exploring the park a pleasure.

Winter (October to February)

The Valley of Flowers’ tourist season ends in October. The landscape is starting to deteriorate as the start of the winter season coincides with the slow season for tourists. The valley is completely covered in snow from November to February, making the plants and fauna virtually invisible. The region is off limits to the general public. This is a dangerous time of year to travel outside into the valley since the temperatures drop to below zero and there is occasionally an abundance of snowfall. Typically, January is the coldest month. Winter sports and trekking are accessible in the nearby Ghangaria region.

What time of year is ideal for a trip to the Valley of Flowers?

The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is from July through September when the Valley of Flowers is covered in blooms. August is the best month to see the flowers bloom, although getting there could be difficult due to landslides and severe rain. For the rest of the year, it is still passable due to heavy snowfall. Keep in mind that you may only enter the valley between the hours of 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM and that you must leave the valley by 5:00 PM. Access to the Valley of Flowers is only authorized during the daytime. Overnight camping is not allowed.

Auli, Valley, Hemkund, Badrinath, Mana, an Enchanting Experience/ Experiment.(16 to 25 July 2022)

22 July 22. Ghangharia Valley of Flowers and Back.

We both got up around 0500. We had ruled out morning bath as getting hot water in bucket early morning is exercise by staff. Shaving without mirror in bathroom was another exercise which we kept for evening again. So, to just brush and use the thunder box (it was proper WC though) was not time consuming and we were ready quickly to have breakfast, collected packed lunch and started with guide Mahendra for the trek, he had come to the camp for breakfast and carried packed lunch for some other groups. (Thunder Box is small structure created at smaller boats to relieve one self at sea)

Weather was cloudy with very fine drizzle sometimes ,but no rains, so we didn’t need any rain protection as such. Ghangharia was already fully active with horses, porter, pittu and palaki for Hemkund as well as Valley of Flowers. Valley of flowers horses don’t go, so only Pithu, which I consider inhuman, is allowed. All these places you start trekking with full winter clothing but within half a km of climbing trek, off comes the top layers tied to your waist and better to have half sleeves than full sleeve shirt. If you are conscious of sun burn then have Sleeves with you that is ideal for such trekking.

We reached Valley of Flowers gate by 7 Am and as Senior Citizens paid only half entrance ticket of 75 Rs, immaterial to write that we were only senior citizens for the day. Only four youngsters were ahead and later 10 to 15 more came. Overall ratio of people going to Hemkund to valley of flowers has no comparison. Hemkund probably sees over thousands per day and Valley sees less than 100.

We crossed first stream by temporary bridge which was washed off day before yesterday. Climb started straight away and despite lot of clouding, Ghangharia below was looking beautiful. Guide asked us to look for flowers and we kept clicking them. Trek to valley of flowers is all on stones and gravel, stones are uneven and so sharp at times that they can cut shoes sole easily, some places fairly steep too. Streams flowing all along and you can keep climbing, clicking number of snaps. Hardly any sound of birds though there are plenty of small birds which are difficult to spot. We did spot a tail-less mountain rat.

After almost two hours of trekking inside and crossing the second large stream bridge, the main spread of flowers started.

It is difficult to capture the beauty with silence and serenity. It is not that flowers are loaded from top of hills to Valley, on contrary they are comparatively in smaller patches. Many varieties and colours, as per guide almost every week different flowers bloom. We kept walking and crossed many other streams without bridge. Our waterproof trekking shoes were boon for such crossing.

After sometime there was no signal even on Jio mobile of guide and we were virtually cut off from whole world. We kept walking and reached Pushpavati River by 1210 hours after 11 Km trek, this is the farthest spread of Valley, of course one can continue trekking if someone wants. It started drizzling for some time. It was lunch time, we had packed lunch, Veg Biryani was tasty despite getting cold.

Lots of photos and videos were taken and we started trekking back. Park closes at 1700 hours, but we were well ahead of time and came out by 1600 to reach our camp by 1630.

It was 22.3 Km of trekking, climbing over 3000 ft and then descending as well. We looked for massager and got two of them. First foot massage and then shoulder massage gave a good relaxation, followed by hot water bath. Lovely pakoras and tea, made our life really good. We both stretched out in bed, I had soup later in tent and skipped the dinner. Mahendra our guide came to brief us for next day trek to Hemkund Saheb. Start time was 0500 without breakfast.

 23 Jul 22. Ghangharia Hemkund Saheb and Back.

We both got up at 0400. It rained whole night and was still drizzling at that time and only stopped around 0430. We started at 0500, it was dark and foggy. I used my head lamp to trek. By the time we crossed Ghangharia town, light had started and town was abuzz with life. Horses, people they were all moving towards Hemkund. Hemkund Saheb Climb is steep with no respite, many time almost 20-to-30-degree climb. In 8 km trek one has to climb to 14300 ft from 10,000 ft. It was quite thick fog and there was nothing to look around to break the monotony of climb. Previous day 22 km trek was still afresh in body. We were pushing ourselves. Stopped for tea and after that for breakfast of aloo pyaz Paratha and tea, both were not so great but gave us energy.

All these treks, you got to keep drinking water and eat some toffee, chocolate, protein Bar or dry fruits to give you instant energy and keep you hydrated. Dehydration is worse thing to happen in trekking. One must know his/ her own body and push it accordingly.

Horse dropping all along makes the trek not just smelly but slippery at places. One must be careful with balance and poise. Mostly trek path is cement and stone but not evenly done at majority of places and twisting ankle is easier. I met 80-year-old Khalsa climbing happily, age is just a number, many youngsters were on horses.

Last 1000 ft climb has two options, either take 999 steps or climb through ramp. We both decided to take the ramp. It was slow and steady physical taste to limits. Lot of mental strength to just continue.

As we approached top, we saw Blue Poppy and Brahm Kamal, both rare flowers. No respite in weather a bit of sleet also fell for some time but we didn’t take out raincoat.

Finally, we were on top by 1005, Five hours to traverse 8 km and climb 4000 ft plus. There was fog on top with just 50-to-100-meter visibility. We went to Laxman temple first and after photography from outside. Till sixties Laxman temple was only thing on top, Gurudwara came up later and initially this temple was removed but re-established after locals objected. We came back to Gurudwara side where the glacier lake is in full of its beauty. Few people were taking bath in that ice cold water as well. After depositing our shoes, we got inside Kund up to knee deep and I realised that it was possible to take a dip if one wanted.

Then we visited Gurudwara and spent 15 to 20 minutes inside, had Kada Prasad on exist.

Then we came for lungar where khichdi and tea are served. We had some time to relax. After spending about hour and half on top, we started our decent, weather was still the same.

Coming down was not so fast as it was wet and steep and we didn’t want to slip and fall.

Around 1400 weather below clouds had cleared and we could click some photos, top still was covered in clouds. Lower heights broke into sunshine and as we didn’t carry sunscreen lotion that day, we had fair amount of sun burns on both hands and face.

Coming down was still fast and by 1540 we reached our camp, tired and exhausted. We again looked for our massager and he did a good job with foot massage taking out knots from calf muscle and soothing out heels and toes. Hot-water bath looked heavenly and bread pakoda and tea was sumptuous which was mostly eaten by me again skipping dinner with only soups. Next day we had to depart by 0530. Packing had to finish and wet and dry cloths had to pack separately in plastic.

Good night Ghangharia, it was wonderful to be here, I am not sure if I will ever return here again as it is tough for Geeti to undertake this and she is not keen on horse ride at all.

Rain started again after sometime and rain intermittently all through the night. (To be continued to last part 4)

Entering Valley of flowers First stream bridge which was washed away day before yesterday was restored with temporary one

The Ghangharia Valley behind as we climbed up for Valley of flowers

Blue Poppy ,generally found over 10K

Tough and rough climb ahead ,both ready to face it with broad smile

Rest you must, climb becoming steep and steeper

Colour and shape of mammoth mountains rising and adding colours to adventure

Can you really capture what you see! No, capture in your eyes was advice of our guide. What beauty

This is the path we are climbing, poor horses refuse the valley of flower. Pithu is inhuman to come, forget it if you cannot walk. Lucky to take this trip , thanks to Ramesh for such wonderful company

Want to say Wow? We were awestruck all the time , wow was no match for beauty

Here are some Pedicularis Punctata, wow in name as well

Ohhh what are you

One more stream and one more bridge to cross

Filling up my water bottle from fresh flowing stream

Morina Longifolia

Hey want to give me name

I am another one , call me anything ,I am Valley ,I am full of flowers

View galore

Pink is my colour

Any doubts you have about Valley of Flowers ? This Flowering time clears it all

The Pushavati River . Farthest point of Flowers of valley after walking 11 km plus and climbing over 3000 ft/

Pushpa

I hate tears

At River front when the rain started.

Tired !!!

No Just Retired.

Reunited at river crossing

Tel Malish

What a relief after 23 Km walk.

Shoulder and body getting into shape. Champi wala,

Do Ana Tel Malish , Char Ana Boot Polish. What a wonderful day we had.

Climbing away to Hemkund Saheb ,23 July 2022

This is the steepness of Hemkund climb and fog and mist eluding the diversion.

Two Veterans in sync putting the best foot forward in unison.

Blue Poppy blooming

Embracing Brahm Kamal. The holy flower with plenty of medicinal property, blooms higher up only for few months.

The Hemkund Saheb Gurudwara

Way to Laxman temple which was the only temple till sixties, Gurudwara came up later and initialy this temple was removed but re-established after locals objected.

Inside of temple

In front of Laxman temple

The Glacier Lake Hemkund

Taking a knee dip at Ice Cold Lake

The Darbar sahib of Gurudwara Hemkund Saheb

Going down from Hemkund and looking up

Clouds cleared up at low heights to allow some breath-taking view

The photo says it all. Tired and exhausted but deeply satisfied with what we just achieved. A very satisfying day indeed.

Auli, Valley, Hemkund, Badrinath, Mana, an Enchanting Experience/ Experiment.(16 to 25 July 2022)

20 July 2022, Auli Govindghatt Pulna Ghangharia.

As usual I woke up at 0500 with hope to see some lovely scenery around but picture was same gloomy with Fog, previous night it had rained too. A cup of tea at 0615, getting ready with luggage shifted to Duffle Bags for Ghangharia and leaving behind Suitcases at Auli. We had good breakfast and chatted with owners and I realised that mother of owner was one year younger to me in age but extremely fit and walking 30 K steps every day and correctly known in her group as military woman.

Vijay, our Sarathi was in time and we could set course for Govindghatt at 0735. Our First stop was at Vishnu Prayag Sangam of Alaknanda and Dhauli. There was a glacier disaster in Dhauli which damaged and washed off lot of bridges and buildings enroute recently. After a good photo session, we headed for Govindghatt, where we reached by 0930. Though now road is extended up to Pulna Village, locals have created monopoly and around 50 odd local Vehicles (nothing special in them) ply people from Govindghatt to Pulna. There is a helipad at Govindghatt where Deccan operates its helicopter for Ghangharia, 6 pax and one pilot, about 6 kg of luggage allowance for 2900 Rs. Another scenic drive to Pulna in about 10 to 12 Minutes. Full of hustles and activities early morning with horses, porters, guides. People pouring in, mostly with intentions to go to Hemkund Saheb only.

Guide Mahendra hired a porter for our luggage for 1100 Rs (100 Rs goes in registration), these porters are tough locals, mostly walking in Chappals. Considering barely 5 months of tourism available, it is very tough life for all.

We started our trek around 1000 hours.Ramesh bought a treaking stick from local shop. Route is all stone and cement, some good, some not so good, winding up and down all the way 10 Km to Ghangharia. As Pulna is at 6000 Ft, climb is 4000 Ft to Ghangharia all along Laxman Ganga in company. The whole route is scenic, serene and enchanting. Lots of places now to stop and have tea, breakfast or lunch. Helicopter zooming past at low altitude over river bed was main diversion.

Rain came once and we were ready with Poncho. We realised that Poncho is good to protect you from rains but very uncomfortable in trekking as one sweat inside and it streams all the way. I will prefer a folding umbrella next time. Huge honeycomb I missed enroute to click them for memory.

We stopped for lunch of aloopyaz Parathas and tea and then continued to reach Blue Poppy camp by 1515. Considering two stops amounting to one hour, four hours fifteen minutes trekking 10km and Climbing 4000 ft was not bad.

Ghangharia gets activated only for five months from May to September, as the snow fall starts in October the Hemkund Saheb closes and valley of flower is only from June to September. Whole population moves back to Pulna and Govindghatt and tents are removed.

Tents are basic with two beds a small table one bulb and a mirror with attached bathroom and toilet. Ramesh quickly arranged two chairs to keep our bags. I shifted bulb higher up and mirror below it and discovered tent ropes to be used to dry cloths and towels.

A hot cup of tea was definitely welcoming and it followed with Pakoras and tea at 1700.

Mahendra left with briefing for next day, just to come back to tell us that both trek to Hemkund and Valley was suspended due heavy rains in hills which washed off first bridge to Valley of Flowers.

Helipad being right Infront of our camp, we enjoyed watching landing and take-off. With three side hills and waterfalls filled with water it was lovely to be there, with only sound being Horses, chatting shopkeeper behind and sound of Water cascading down in waterfalls. It was a bit cold that evening. Went for dinner and chatted with another Chennai couple in sixties, they had returned from Valley of Flowers and next day trip to Hemkund being in doldrums decided to return back. Others listening to our conversation were amused with our service background and age and Josh to walk around and saluted our spirit. Food was tasty and we had sleep to catch up with nothing specific planned for next day but may go for a walk at 0900.

21 July Walking up to Ghangharia Waterfall.

Despite red alert of heavy to very heavy rains, there was nothing and we got up to a wonderful morning and after getting ready went for a walk around camp area and helipad. By 0730 it was allowed to go for Hemkund but Valley of Flowers was still shut for the day. Mahendra came down charging from above (he was staying 500 meters up in Ghangharia make shift town) and announced that we were going to Hemkund. I flatly refused as it was on third day and we had to start early for it by 0500. So, after breakfast we went out for local trekking, walking up to entrance of Valley of Flowers and Ghangharia Waterfall, where we spent lot of time clicking photos and making videos. At this place we had best mobile signal, so we exchanged lot of photos with family and friends. We returned to camp by lunch time and shared our days experience and talked to family.

Relax and recuperate was mantra for the day, evening Pakora tea and dinner time passed of peacefully.

I skipped the main course and had soup and bit of sweet dish. Though one grinded urad dal local dish was definitely worth trying and we went and praised cook for it.

Good night camp, next day Valley of Flowers was clear to go and we decided to leave by 0630H to reach the gate 0700H when it opens.

(To be continued in Part 3 and Part 4)

20th July morning as slowly day progressed at Auli Blue Popp Resort

Ramesh coming down from Our resort at Auli

The enchanting drive started with view of hills, valleys and rivers unfolding one after another.

Dhauli

Standing at confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli rivers at Vishnu Prayag

confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli rivers at Vishnu Prayag ,the disaster had destroyed it right up to top

confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauli rivers at Vishnu Prayag Feeling of Do Jassos karein mahsoos

Happily climbing duo captured by our guide

Head down. Continue climb, effort is scene on face

The old and new trekking routes

The picture tells you all about difficulties in maintaining lines of communication

The path we left behind and climbed up.

The freshly rejuvenated waterfall from recent rains ,nearing our camp at Ghangharia

Blue Poppy tents at Ghangharia

Tent arrangements for two

The helicopter landing area in-front to and from Govindghat

Fading lights over mountains in Ghangharia on 20th July evening.

All smiles early morning small stroll at camp area on 21st morning at Ghangharia

Ghangharia town hussling with activities and horses lined up for Hemkund sahib or return to Pulna.

Approaching Ghangharia waterfall

Misty waterfall at Ghangharia

Walking towards entrance of Valley of flowers

Climbing towards waterfall which is actually on Hemkund Route

The waterfall and its wild flowers

Going down the waterfall stream

Lovely wild flowers

The photo shows it all that even our guide is enjoying apart from beaming Ramesh

Two veterans really freaking out the scene and place.

The runaway golfer from KVGC( Kharghar Valley Golf Course) was found meditating at Ghangharia.

All Panoramic capture of Water fall area

Night setting in over the camp area at Ghangharia

Good Night from Ghangharia on 21st July 2022

Auli, Valley, Hemkund, Badrinath, Mana, an Enchanting Experience/ Experiment.(16 to 25 July 2022)

Preamble and preparation

We returned from Sikkim on 07 May after exciting 9 nights in land of Guru Dongmar Lake. After a week the excitement ebbed and I started poking others for next trip in India or nearby. Jaishankar had promised to find out about Everest base camp and was on easy line of fire as my Google searches gave me excitement but not firm operators. Jai came back within a week with firm Itinerary and operator and soon we formed a group of like-minded people and zeroed on date of 19 September 2022 to start EBC (Everest Base Camp). I was quick to jump the gun and register for it by May end. Next hunt was to go for Kailash Mansarovar yatra, but that didn’t work out as Chinese did not budge like last two years. I asked my tour operator to suggest some place in India where I can go in monsoon. He suggested Valley of Flowers, I was wondering what was happening as this was monsoon time and how could be Valley of flower be available. When I check up Google about Valley of flower, I realised it was only available from June to September so it was an ideal time to go for it enjoy I started looking for tour operators and then I realise the Kesari was operating a tour and then there was specialist tour operator call Blue Poppy, I was in contact with both of them for group as well as personalised travel and finally went with Kesari tours and travels, being with them internationally thrice earlier and I was very satisfied. When I started planning for this tour not only one but surely everybody dropped out and finally I had only Capt S Ramesh left, that was wonderful otherwise it was going to be all alone. However, by 21st June Kesari decided to cancel its tour and we were stuck and then I changed over to Blue poppy tours and travels which already had our details and everything. That was a very quick change without change of dates nor any change in our program had to be done, only thing was that Instead of starting my tour from Delhi Nizamuddin, it started from Haridwar. Other aspect was that from group tour it became a personalised tour with Innova Crustal as Vehicle instead of a minibus and exclusive guide for six days. So, I had my own transport going from Delhi to Haridwar. I had done my train booking and Ramesh was flying down from Chennai to Dehradun.

 16-17 July 22 Mumbai Nizamuddin Haridwar

16th of July I left Kharghar by my reliable taxi provider Pinky and after dropping Nupur at Sassoon Complex Colaba, I headed for Mumbai Central. A few wrong turns by driver and I was getting tight for departure, being Saturday and rains saved the day and I reached station 10 minutes before departure and was comfortable for Nizamuddin by August Kranti Rajdhani.

This was my first train journey after the pandemic and I realised that travel was almost back to the normal service and first AC was not so bad after all, but I can’t say it was the same as it was earlier. I knew senior citizen concession was not applicable. The train was right time before reaching Ghaziabad but then it stopped at outer signal and got delayed by good over 40 minutes, with my driver waiting on the other side at Nizamuddin. The Nizamuddin railway station especially the outside approach road of it, there is hardly any passage for the vehicles to move around specially autos taking all the parking space on multiple lanes. It took me another 20 minutes before my taxi could come in. Once I got into my taxi it was very comfortable and we reached Ghaziabad Kavi Nagar to meet my school friend Kaushik Indra Das, it was wonderful meeting him almost after 8 years. From Ghaziabad we moved to Meerut, where I met my naval course-met and very close friend Sanjeev Juneja and family. I had lunch with them and then moved to Muzaffarnagar to meet my daughter in law and her two lovely daughters, it was really nice meeting all of them, by the time we finished it was 5:30 in the evening.

I left for Haridwar from Muzaffarnagar and kavadiya’s traffic had already started and they slow down my progress, by the time I reached Haridwar it was close to 1900 hours and I overshot the Regenta hotel and then it took me 10 km to come back to it as it was below the flyover at Haridwar. Ramesh had landed at Dehradun by 1340 and reached hotel by 1500 and relaxing. We had early dinner and then went to bed early as we had to leave early morning next day, good night Haridwar.

(Kanwar Yatra’ is an annual pilgrimage of Lord Shiva’s devotees. Hindu month of ‘Shravan’ which usually falls in the month of July Aug. The kavadiya’s (pilgrims) visit places like Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch the holy water of River Ganga. They then worship Lord Shiva with the same water. To save the planet, Lord Shiva gulped Halahal and held it inside his throat. As a result, his throat turned blue because of the extreme heat, giving him the title of

‘Neelkanth.’

To rescue Shiva from the poison, Ravana – the King of Lanka – brought the holy water of Ganga by Kanwar and poured it on Shiva at the Pura Mahadev Temple. Since 1960, the ritual is being followed by staunch devotees of Lord Shiva who visit Neelkanth.

While most of the Kanwariyas walk barefooted, nowadays people use bicycles, bikes, scooters, jeeps and even buses to reach the holy temple. Every year it is turning more chaotic as more than religious charm, it is free availability of everything which brings unemployed into forefront.

18 July Haridwar to Auli

Good morning Haridwar we got up around 0515 as we had to get ready quickly, by the time we finished getting ready our driver Vijay was already around and we could quickly start journey by 0625. Weather was nice and cool with previous night rain cooling it down, everything was washed down and roads were in good shape. We stopped for breakfast at a place called and it was lovely, we had Puri aloo chole as breakfast with hot cup of tea.

Drive all along was beautiful with mesmerizing scenes unfolding along the Alaknanda. By passing Rishikesh we stopped at Dev Prayag for photos, due monsoon flow of Alaknanda mixing with Mandakini appeared same with muddy water otherwise it is two distinct colours of water.

(Panch Prayag–Five revered sites in Uttarakhand where five rivers merge into River Alaknanda to ultimately form the holy River Ganges (Ganga) is called Panch Prayag (in Hindi, ‘panch’ means five and ‘prayag’ means confluence). One of the most sacred Indian rivers, Ganges is worshipped as the life- giving goddess and its waters are used in religious rituals. These five places, in descending order of river convergence, are *Vishnuprayag, * *Nandaprayag, * *Karnaprayag, * *Rudraprayag* *Devprayag. *)

Thereafter we continue the drive, by passing Rudraprayag and not stopping at Karan Prayag either. Whole belt of Haridwar to Joshi Math is infested with landslide as development has taken place, roads are good otherwise and landslides are cleared quite fast and efficiently as we had our share of 30 minutes wait to clear such Jam.

Next stop was around 1030 hrs at Dhari Devi temple located on the banks of the Alaknanda River between Srinagar and Rudraprayag. The temple is home to the upper half of the idol of the goddess Dhari, while the lower half of the idol is located in Kalimath, where she is worshipped as a manifestation of the Goddess Kali. On June 16, 2013 the original temple of the goddess was removed and shifted to the concrete platform at a height of about 611 metres from the Alaknanda river, to give way to the construction of the 330 MW Alaknanda Hydro Electric Dam. Hours after the idol was moved, the region faced what would become one of the country’s worst natural disasters since the 2004 tsunami. Locals and devotees believe, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted from her ‘mool sthan’ (original abode) to make way for a 330 MW hydel project that was left in ruins after the flood. A similar attempt in 1882 by a local king had resulted in a landslide that had flattened Kedarnath. The new temple is now constructed at its original location raising its height by 80 meters.

We had cup of tea in lovely backdrop of the temple but didn’t go down to see it from close.

Around 1400 we stopped for lunch at a nice place giving a panoramic view of Alaknanda from top. We ordered for Some Lovely paneer mutter and stuffed Paratha, both were so rich with ghee and butter that we got stuffed with it. After this we didn’t stop anywhere. The beautiful hills as we neared Joshi Math were getting covered with clouds, the beauty of hills was unfolding all along with Sun going down in west and freshly washed mountain rising all along in North side of road. We by passed Joshi Math and Auli was about 12 km from there, all the way winding up and climbing to 10,200 Ft. All along Indo Tibetan police and other Army units were there, road is not in great shape but manageable.

We reached Auli by 1630 hrs, Blue Poppy Resort is on hill top and we had to climb another 150 ft by steps while resort staff Ranjit and others took our luggage. We had a huge room to ourselves but as it had double bed and other cottages were available Mr Devkant and Mrs Seema, the owners, who were there were kind enough to give us two independent cottages. All cottages are wooden construction with full facilities and are very comfortable. After settling down in rooms, we had evening tea at dining hall and then both owners took us for a lovely evening walk along the ski route which is covered with snow in winters. We could Video chat with families during walk and show them the live beauty of hills. Nanda Devi peak eluded us all along in clouds. There is temple also there and also some fruit trees, we plucked some Aducha and ate, the green and red apple trees we missed.

By the time we came back our Guide for next six days Mr Mahendra Bhujwan, a young lad of 28 years from Auli was there. He briefed us on overall safety aspects and other things expected. Next day was Gorson Top trek.

We had dinner which was nicely made, all meals from now on were going to be vegetarian.

Signal strength of mobile was excellent as we were right under the mobile towers, so we had a good chat at home.

Good night Auli, next day excitement was set in being first day of our trekking in hills.

19 July Gorson Top trek

I got up at 0500 as sunrise was around 0520. But it was heavy fog outside and after sometime it started raining. By 0700 Our Guide rang up to delay our departure from 0830 to 0930. We had breakfast at around 0800 and got ready to depart by 0930 and finally left at 1000 hrs with packed lunch, in same gloomy weather but with rain stopped. Guide gave one skiing stick to Ramesh as he didn’t bring the trekking pole.

Ski ropeway was just few hundred yards and we reached there to find that we were only two to go up, charges are 500 Rs each for up and down trip. They operated the ropeway for just three of us. As we started climbing fog cleared up slightly and after getting down from ropeway it was just ok to start the trek. There are two ropeways on top another coming up from Joshi Math and one exclusive for ski.

We trekked to the Joshi Math ropeway and stopped for a cup of tea. Visibility for far distance to see hills was eluded by low clouds. Otherwise with rains stopped it was lovely weather to trek. It was so quiet on top with not even chirping of birds or sound of insects heard, that it gave a feeling of some other planet with drifting fog, some Jungle trek and meadows is understatement. We ate some Jungle strawberry, very tiny but taste wise same as normal strawberry, some other wild blue berry and wild Tulsi also were there. We stopped at a small temple called Pediyar temple.

Kept stopping for photos and kept climbing. We had already walked over 3 km and probably reached at a height of around 1500 feet; when we saw something white right ahead it looked like snow and we all decided to head towards it and probably discover the snow, which is never there, other than winters. We Kept walking for another hour, the mesmerizing scenes kept unfolding and we kept enjoying the beautiful walk along the meadow’s greens in company with cows and buffaloes and horses probably from the tribals nearby who left them for grazing. When we reached the white top, we realized that it was not snow but huge white plastic sheets which was nailed to the ground and from a distance it was appearing like snow, may be for helicopter spotting, and that was good about 6.5 km and we had climbed 3000 Ft over Auli elevation. It is called Tali Top; it was enough so we stopped there and enjoyed the scenery all around though we could not see the higher peaks because of the clouding, which we could

have seen otherwise. But it was worth climbing all the way. It was 1400 hrs, we had lunch there and then we started back journey for Auli, coming down was definitely much faster than the climbing up in between we had to be careful with the running horses who were trying to reach home in time by galloping. We stopped for a cup of tea just next to the ropeway before we came down. It was a beautiful day and we reached our cabins by 1630 hrs, fully satisfied and energised. Guide briefed us for next day departure to Govindghatt Pulna and then trek to Ghangharia next day at 0730. We had tea and pakoras, had hot water bath and relaxed before going for dinner. Surprisingly whole place was empty and there were only two of us with owners and their mother to have dinner.

Delhi Haridwar Highway

Haridwar Ahoy

Haridwar Land mark.

Dev Prayag Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda

The temple is home to the upper half of the idol of the goddess Dhari, while the lower half of the idol is located in Kalimath, where she is worshipped as a manifestation of the Goddess Kali.

A panorama from hotel where we stopped for lunch

The approach of Joshi Math area and Auli

View from our stay at Auli , Blue Poppy Resorts

With our hosts Mrs Seema and Mr Devkant at Blue poppy resort

View from our stay at Auli, Blue Poppy Resorts

Evening walk at Auli met some police personal from Maharashtra

View from our stay at Auli, Blue Poppy Resorts

Captured by our host Mr Devkant on evening walk at Auli

As the clouds allowed some glimpses of mountains

Some wonderful scenes cannot be captured by camera

Temple at Auli

!9th July Morning our Resort Rooms left Ramesh, right Self, Thick Fog

Ropeway at Gorson Top all in fog , no body except us to go up

Artificial Lake created on top and water is used in winter for skiing spray to make snow

Dhuan dhuan har ore aur ye do Bhartiya purva nausanink kahan manne wale

Pediyar temple at Gorson

Wonderful feeling among flowers on Gorson top

Everything is mystery as you walk through fog

On my my , the flowers and flowers ,what beauty

Flowers and flowers

The mystery snow peak came out as huge white polythene sheets nailed on ground

Some peaks popped up behind cloud mostly eluded. Must be a terrific sight in clear days, but one cannot enjoy everything , you win some you lose some.

Western cow buoy on Gorson top

Back on ropeway going down

End of Ropeway or starting point approaching, our stay right of it.

A COMPLETE Travel Guide for Valley of Flowers Tourists

Introduction: the monsoon in 2022 is lavish & the weather gods are generous as the valley of flowers is brightly blossoming. From every angle & direction, beautiful flower blossoms showcase images of paradise on the lush green lawns & hills of the valley of flowers. And as the last stretch of the valley of flowers visit season of 2022 reaches a peak, this is your best time to go from August – to early September 2022. The blossoms may not hold after that. 

So why are you waiting? Pack your bags & get set to see the spectacle of a lifetime, the Himalayan hanging garden at 3600m above sea level, spread over 87.50 square kilometres & 8 kilometres long. Get set to be wowed & thrilled by nature’s diversity & bounty at its best.

Best Ways to Arrive & Access the Valley of Flowers in 2022

You can access the valley of flowers from all parts of India & globally.

1. Within India – By flight, train, bus & cab. Govindghat is the starting point.  

2. From Outside India – By International flight to India & then use flight, train, bus & cab to Dehradun or Govindghat. You can reserve stay options.

Stay Options on the Valley of Flowers Trek 2022

There are several stay options and choices on the valley of flowers in Govindghta & Ghangaria. You can choose & make hotel reservations according to your budget & preference.

Govindghat – Ganga resort  

Ghangaria – Blue Poppy Swiss Cottages 

The Best Valley of Flowers Trek Details

Ideally, the valley of flowers trek is spread over 4-5 days depending on weather & the tourist’s ability to adapt to high altitudes. There are applicable entrance charges for local and foreign tourists as you enter the valley of flowers. These are as below:

Entrance Charges & Fees in 2022.

(i)Indian Tourists – 150 Rupees for three days.

(ii) Foreign Tourists – 600 Rupees for three days.

Extra charges apply for carrying professional recording cameras.

Starting Point & Finishing Point of the Trek

1. Govindghat-Ghangaria (13kms)

2. Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (8kms return trek) 

3.Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (5kms return trek) 

4. Ghangaria – Govindghat (13kms)

5. Local Trekking & Sightseeing.

Necessities to Carry on the Valley of Flowers Trek

The monsoon season has been on since June & its greenery everywhere. That spells insects & other seasonal mosquitoes. These items are vital:

(a). Insect repellants & toiletries

(b). Hydrants & water bottle

(c). Umbrellas or raincoats

 (d). Torches with extra batteries

(e). Warm & breathable clothing

(f). Sunglasses & a hat

(g). Valid documents

(h). Walking aid (optional)

(g). Camera to take some memorable photos.

(h). Good hiking shoes & vital trek gear. 

(i). Rucksack or backpack (travelling light preserves energy)

NB. Be prepared & hydrated to trek & navigate all the rough terrain or moderately high altitudes. Water, snacks and lunch boxes are a high recommendation. After your valley of flowers visit, several attractions will captivate & mesmerise you along the way. Taking in all these sights is a bonus on the valley of flowers trek.

(a). Rishikesh & Haridwar

(b). Devprayag

(c). Hemkund Sahib

(d).Badrinath

(e). Joshimath

(f). Auli

(h). Rudraprayag

(i). Vishnuprayag

(g) Vasudhara

There are several tribal cultures to learn from, their way of life & the serene beauty of Uttarakhand state of India. 

Conclusion

What makes visiting the valley of flowers in 2022 is a multitude of factors. Mystical, mesmerising & captivating are understatements. The valley of flowers in 2022 will leave you with a beautiful impression of mother nature’s charms & rare blessings. Make it a life aspiration to visit once. Get the latest updates from https://valleyofflowers.info/ and get set for an experience of a lifetime, the valley of flowers trek 2022.    

The Valley of Flowers Has These 10 Benefits That You Should Visit

10 benefits of valley of flowers that you should visit.

If you’re weary of following the same routine and are looking for a new area or reason to visit, you should visit the Valley of Flowers. The setting is so gorgeous that it will relieve all of your stress and allow you to feel refreshed and energized. The Valley of Flowers, one of the most colorful sites on the planet, is only accessible on foot. It is usually a 6-day tour with a 4-day trek. The lovely location draws a large number of tourists every day for a variety of reasons.

Here are 10 reasons why you should visit the Valley of Flowers at least once in your life.

The land where Brahmakamal blooms:

One of the rare, fabled, and mythical Himalayan flowers, brahmakamal blooms most frequently during the monsoon season at elevations between 3500 and 4500 meters.

To Admire the Adventure of the Himalayas:

This site is magnificent and amazing, and it offers experiences that will enrich your travels. If you want to visit the Himalayas or go on an ambitious trek, start with the Valley of Flowers. For those with an adventurous spirit, a life without seeing the Himalayas is incomplete.

Access to Religious Centers:

The Valley of Flowers is the starting point for a lovely journey through Northern India’s religious and cultural nerve centers, including Haridwar, Joshimath, Kedarnath, Rishikesh, and Badrinath. The emergence of spiritual colors, lovely sights, soulful sounds, and scented breezes all point to kaleidoscopic experiences.

The Togetherness of Natural and Spiritual Beauty:

The Valley of Flowers is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty, and a trip from here to sites like Haridwar and Joshimath brings visitors through the mountains, providing unforgettable experiences. Its stunning natural beauty and the spirituality in the air reach deep within the soul.

The Base Camp of Gangria:

This charming small village is only open for about 4 to 5 months of the year before it freezes over. These four to five months serve as a virtual entryway to this magnificent paradise. The location causes steam to escape from your mouth while also rendering your skin red from the cold. The steamed tea and tasty noodles offered here are quite appealing.

Trekking for Beginners:

The Valley of Flowers is a beginner’s trip that introduces visitors to the passionate lands of the Himalayas. It is a 12-kilometer journey that takes you to breathtaking sights. A zigzag trail leads travellers through a forest to the first waterfall, quenching their thirst with mineral-rich glistening water. Trekking can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to various streams, little temporary bridges, and flower blooms.

A Visit to Hemkund Sahib:

The total distance to Hemkund Sahib is roughly 14 kilometers. It has an energetic and renewing vertical mount. This is a Sikh spiritual centre with a fog-masked lake. Getting a peek at this peaceful and gorgeous lake is stunning. This holy site is surrounded by glaciers and mountains, which add to its splendor.

Every view is worth beholding:

You would like to extend every second of your return journey. Each picturesque panorama of this location immerses tourists in the valley, and you will simply want to gaze out at the huge landscape surrounding you. Every moment of this voyage is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

Safe Adventure:

The Valley of Flowers journey is quite safe because it provides support for people and luggage. In an emergency, the helicopters that are accessible for travel between Gangria and Joshimath can also tackle the problem. The weather is mild, and altitude sickness is uncommon. You can do it if you have a good health record.

Photography:

What good is it to visit this magnificent site if you don’t indulge in some excellent photography? In a nutshell, the Valley of Flowers is a photographer’s dream. The scenery is so beautiful and the attractions are so captivating that even inexperienced photographers can capture photos worth admiring.

Therefore, if you intend to visit any of these places, you absolutely must pay a visit to valleyofflowers.info.

Valley of Flowers Trek: A Detailed Travel Guide for Visitors

travel guide for visitors

Introduction: The valley of flowers trek officially starts in the monsoon (June, July & August) after the heavy snowy winter gives way to flower blossoms. As of now, the valley of flowers trek is underway in Uttarakhand, India. The valley of flowers happens on the Himalayan plains at an elevation of more than 3500m (12,645ft). Acclimatisation may not be much of an issue for fit and fiddle trekkers. 

It’s advisable to do basic stretching exercises or yoga to stay in shape. Gains in higher altitudes may disorient, so better to take up several heights acclimatisation. Rest assured, the Valley of Flowers trek is done in phases to ensure all are comfortable & adapted to the local weather & climate.

Arrival Points for Tourists

By Air – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (295kms)

By Train – Rishikesh Railway Station 

By Bus – Govindghat, Pulna Village. Trek or ride to Ghangaria (14kms)

By Taxi/Cab/Personal Car – Govindghat, Pulna Village.Trek or ride to Ghangaria (14kms)  

Starting Point of the Valley of Flowers Trek

Day1 -Govindghat – Ghangaria (10kms) 

The Valley of Flowers trek starts at Govindghat in Chamoli District as the last motorable arrival point on the banks of the Alaknanda river. The scenic natural beauty can be mesmerising and entrapping as it is all mother nature’s blessing.

Day 2- Ghangaria Village -Valley of Flowers (6kms) 

Ghangaria is at an elevation of more than 3049m (10,003ft) above sea level. There are hotels and affordable stay options in Ghanagaria as you prepare for the final ascent to the valley of flowers. Ghanagaria is the base camp for treks to the valley of flowers because of its strategic location & proximity to the valley of flowers.

Day 3 -Valley of Flowers – Back to Ghangaria (6kms)

The final ascent to the valley of flowers in the morning weather is more favourable. The natural beauty, sounds and local weather conspire to give you a memorable experience. As you step into the valley, you are opened to a world fantasy yet actual in blossom.

Day 4 Hemkhund Sahib Trek Passage (2.5kms)

Those who trek to the valley of flowers try to seek divine blessings from the highest point located Gurdwara in the world. The Gurdwara is the holiest Sikh shrine that sees many pilgrims & devotees come to pay homage or take a holy dip. 

Day 5 Ghanagaria Descent – Back to Govindghat 

With your mission finished of visiting the valley of flowers, you can now choose to stay or descend and trek back to Govindghat to access more motorable road networks. Along the way, appreciate the beautiful natural beauty of the rivers Bhagirathi & Alaknanda. Enjoy the traditions & cultures that bring so much cultural diversity to Uttarakhand & India.

Entrance into the Valley of Flowers

There are entrance charges of 150 for Indian citizens & 600 for foreign tourists. The tickets are valid for three days. For entrance into the valley of flowers, it is better to wake up early as the trek starts by 7:am & the gates close by 5{00 pm daily/ The last entry is accepted at 2 pm but must exit by 5 pm. 

Entrance Fees & Other Charges 

a) Indian Tourists and Nationals – 150 rupees for three days

b) Foreign Tourists and Nationals – 600 rupees for three days

NB. Extra charges apply for shooting videos or professional shots. These are all mentioned ta the entrance as you get the ticket.

Best Tips on Trekking Strategy to Valley of Flowers 

a) Always ensure hydration and maintain high energy levels

b) Use the most resilient trekking gear and accessories like shoes along the trek. 

c) Avoid carrying excessive luggage & weight as it drains you & weakens you faster. Energy is crucial.

d) Keep a bright torch, extra batteries, a baseball cap, sunglasses & insect repellents.

e) Get warm woollen clothes & waterproof clothing & bag, 

f) Take a break when you feel tired or weak. Better ask for assistance.

Conclusion

There are several ways to connect and enjoy the valley of flowers trek. This comprehensive tourist guide avails the minutest details on the valley of flowers trek. It enables tourists to know how to navigate their way through the passage to the valley of flowers. For more tourist, relevant & helpful information & details on the valley of flowers trek, login to https://valleyofflowers.info/ and access a wealth of valuable travel data.