Impact of flood in Uttarakhand, Rishiganga project.

Whether you can go to Uttarakhand after the flood on 7th Feb near Joshimath

In this article we will study the impact of flood in Uttarakhand. The crown of our country, the Himalayan ranges; world’s youngest mountain ranges on 7th February witnessed flash food due to landslide or avalanche or glacial lake outburst flood, something that is yet to ascertain about. This flood that took away lives and destroyed the Hydro projects by washing them away reminds us of the mistakes that we keep on making. The state of Uttarakhand is prone to such disasters and the Himalayas are as well prone to landslides and erosion because of high seismic activity in the region ever since many decades.

The state of Uttarakhand has a hilly and mountainous terrain. Almost the entire state has the same structure. Among the states like Jammu Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh Uttarakhand as well has an extremely exceptional fragile landscape that is very much sustainable to natural disasters and natural calamities. The entire state is pre disposed to earth quakes, landslides, cloud bursts, flash floods and have witness it all at different intensities and time duration. Due to climatic changes the entire state is quite vulnerable to climate induced natural disasters which is nothing new across the globe currently.

Uttarakhand the Dev Bhumi

Uttarakhand also known as Dev Bhumi houses uncountable Hindu god and goddesses and is quite venerable to natural disasters but with the blessings of god it always bounces back to welcome its tourists from across the world every year. In the gone decade the number of tourists visiting Uttarakhand has only increased no matter what the state has witnessed and how many disasters may have occurred. The land of Dev Bhumi may be fragile but the spirit and togetherness of the residents of Uttarakhand is remarkable that helps in bouncing back the economy and bringing a boom.

Uttarakhand is not just to be tagged as the mythological hub of the country. It has always been known for its temples, pilgrimage, spiritualism, culture, yoga and what not. We together need to rise above that stature given to a state. There are many other geographical artifact as well of the state that need promotion.  From just being called the mythological hub the state has a lot to hold in its bag and flaunt. The state must be promoted for its rich cultural heritage, beauty of nature and much more hidden facts that beautify the state.

What happened on 7th February 2021 is something unpredictable and currently nothing is certain as what made this happen in winters, was it the melted glacier or un-seasonal snow melting or release of water trapped behind the glacier. A landslide or an avalanche occurred is a sure scenario and we all can thank god that this happened in winters with less water which caused limited damage focusing on the specific area and landscape. However we must take this as a stir warning of nature and try not to play with it rather learns from what went wrong.

We learn from our mistakes and so should we from this one. The beauty of Uttarakhand can never be washed away with these destructions but we must not forget to learn from mistakes and not repeat. This incident has occurred in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The area is far from being connected to Auli, Joshimath or our beautiful Valley of flowers. All these areas are still very well connected leading an easy way till Rishikesh as well. Tourism has always been the biggest backbone of economy of Uttarakhand, 2020 along with it got many difficult times for the tourism industry. To bring a boom to the tourism and business of Uttarakhand we together have to initiate to build it up. With most of the famous tourist destinations still functional and easily accessible we must not be scared to reach out to them for our vacation plans.

Uttarakhand is a divine home for the important Hindu pilgrimage sites in our country.  From char dham to many small and big temples and sites Uttarakhand is a home for many. The Badrinath and Kedarnath pilgrimage remains unaffected with whatever has happened recently. Assuring the same the tourism minister of Uttarakhand ensured the tourists and pilgrims that damage caused is to limited restricted area which is far from these sites. The preparations of the Char-Dham Yatra have not been stopped and are just unaffected.

We need to understand that the beautiful cities of Uttrakhand in the Garhwal hills like Dehradun, Rishikesh and in Kumaon region like Nainital, Ranikhet and Almora are untouched by the incident causing no damage. All these places are away from the area that is the most affected one. These cities are the tourist attractions and no damage is a sigh of relief to the all kinds of business houses after the pandemic effect of 2020. We need to understand that the affected area is far away from most of these cities and town. The area affected is approximately 25-35 km ahead of Joshimath. This makes all the essential facilities in the prominent towns of Uttarakhand unaffected, open and completely functional. All the resorts of beautiful Auli are as well unaffected as they are far away from the region. They are fully functional and easily accessible with all activities and excursions.

Don’t change your plan if you wish to visit the Valley of flowers and our resort Blue Poppy in Auli as all the excursions and activities are on. No tourism has been affected and the calamity of nature is with the grace of god restricted to the specific area which remains away from all this.  While you are planning onto your visits in any of the areas around, just don’t stop yourself and keep up with your plan.

Impact of flood in Uttarakhand At Devprayag you can see the color of Alaknanda is still hazy and not green due to floods.
Impact of flood in Uttarakhand At Devprayag you can see the color of Alaknanda is still hazy and not green due to floods.

With the rise, promotion and publicity of tourism industry of Uttarakhand, it  will keep on booming no matter what the future holds. It is expected that by 2026 the number of tourists reaching the Dev Bhumi will be 67 million. Even though the environment is in stress due to grim situation however nothing can stop tourists from reaching the Dev Bhumi and spending their time in the serenity and beauty of the nature with the beautiful valleys, excursions and activities.

Blue poppy resorts Auli and Valley of flowers are open and has no impact of this flood.

Blue Poppy Resort Auli, Valley of Flowers, all excursions and treks remain functional for all the tourists without any risk and hamper with all precautions and safety measures in mind keeping the Pandemic and recent incident in mind. The damage caused to the mother earth of Uttarakhand due to mistakes caused by humans have had limited effect and is a learning tip for all of us to wake up to.  However, let us all together promote the tourism and beauty of Uttarakhand without forgetting that the boom of economy has always helped and in future will always help in revival and improvements.

Where is Valley of flowers National Park Located

Valley of flowers

Valley of flowers is most scenic trek in Uttrakhand, people from all over the world come here to see the natural beauty. It’s a must do trek in life time. To know where is valley of flowers please read this post. Situated in high altitude Himalayan peaks, the valley of flowers is full of glaciers almost full year. The valley of flowers is located in Chamoli District of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand state. This is a world heritage site under nature category.

Where is valley of flowers Located?

The valley of flowers is a part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is located near Badrinath, the holy dham among the char dham in the state of Uttarakahand. The Valley of flowers is located at a height of 3500 meter to 4500 meter. Huge variety of flowers are found in the valley during July and August.

The last motor able point is Pulna village from here you need to trek for 10 km to Ghangaria village. Here there are some basic accommodation available, you can see Blue Poppy Swiss cottage camps which is a premium property. The last point where you can take your vehicle Govindghat. Govindghat is 300 km from Haridwar.

If you are not coming from Delhi, you should book your flight to Dehradoon instead of Delhi. From Dehradoon Haridwar and Rishikesh both are very near. Spend a night here and full day road journey on National Highway 58 will take you to Govindghat. You can stay in Auli as well and next day from Auli or Govindghat you need to reach Pulna by road and then trek to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is at an altitude of 10200 feet. From Ghangaria the Valley of Flowers is only 4 km away. You need to start early and reach entry gate by 7 am to explore the Valley of Flowers fully.

Deeper parts of valley of flowers
Deeper parts of valley of flowers

How to cover Badrinath along with Valley of Flowers in July and August

At Badrinath Temple

Badrinath is a holy town in the state of Uttarakhand and got its name from the temple of Badrinath. It snuggles between mountain ranges, Nar and Narayan and forms part of the famous Char Dham pilgrimage. It is the holy shrine of Lord Vishnu and one of the most sacred destinations for Hindus. It is believed that Lord Vishnu endured penance precisely at the place where Badrinath temple is located. The ‘Charanpaduka’ is assumed to be footprints of Lord Vishnu, and rock formation at the temple contains ‘Sheshnaag’ imprints.

Devotees visit Badrinath not only to pay homage to the Lord Vishnu but also to enjoy the beautiful, picturesque sights. Situated at an altitude of 3300 meters on the banks of Alaknanda River, visitors come here to find spirituality. The traditional Garhwali wooden architecture is another thing on the list that leaves people mesmerized.  

Badrinath Temple

The best time to visit Badrinath is between May and June or September and October. However, if you plan to add Badrinath in your July-August itinerary of Valley of Flowers, there are certain things you need to keep in mind.

July-August is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers, but not really for Badrinath. It is time for heavy rainfall and landslides. Even if you are lucky enough to visit the holy shrine, stay there during these two months is not at all recommended. Evening and night time are more prone to the ground movement, and therefore, you have more chances of getting stuck at the place. The Lambagad village lying between Govindghat and Badrinath remains quite vulnerable. And anyway if you are visiting Badrinath only for the temple, then that can be done in a few hours. Staying there should be avoided especially when you have a train to board or a flight to catch the next day.

Land Slide pone area at Lambagad, on the way to Badrinath.
How to cover Badrinath along with Valley of Flowers in July and August

There is a village on the way to Badrinath from Govindghat , called Lambagad. It witnesses rain almost every evening during monsoon. This causes landslide in the area. The road is generally cleared next day by 10 am or even later by Border Road Organization.

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek : Difficulty level

Beautiful Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers. This Glacier is 2 kilometers inside the Valley of Flowers.

This is very common question from people who wish to come to valley of flowers. Valley of flowers trek needs one track for four days ex Govindghat. It is not so difficult trek. The valley of flowers trek is well-defined and well paved. Although it is steep at many places, but except the day you go for trek to valley itself you can hire pony to reduce the difficulty level of the trek. Valley of flowers trek difficulty level is moderate to easy. Please read our Valley of Flowers trek itinerary page for detailed itinerary of valley of flowers trek.

Valley of flowers trek First day:

1. Govindghat to Ghangaria trek : Distance 10 km by trek. Helicopter and ponies are available to skip trekking.

Earlier the trek used to began from Govindghat. Govindghat is 25 kilometers before Badrinath. Govindghat is at the height of 5500 feet and Ghangaria is at the height of 10,200 feet. Now you can drive for four kilometers from Govindghat till village Pulna. That is the gain 3700 feet after trekking for 10 km. The trek used to be steep in its first 3 km (now made motor-able) and last 3 kilometers. Today’s trek may be avoided by taking pony or using helicopter. Helicopter service can be used only when weather is clear but the best time to visit Valley of flowers is the monsoon season. So you cannot rely on helicopter on this day. You may or may not get helicopter but you can easily get pony for Ghangaria. For elderly people even palanquins are available. But I have personally seen that many a times elderly people trek whereas some of the young people in young 30s take ponies.

2. Ghangaria to Valley of flowers: Distance : 6 km one side by trek

Ghangaria to valley of flowers is not so steep trek as once you reach to the official starting point of the valley of flowers it almost at the same level for the next 3-4 kilometers. The official starting point of the Valley is almost 3.5 km from Ghangaria and in my opinion out of this 50% is steep uphill and the remaining is not so steep. This day ponies are not available as they are not allowed to enter in the valley. But Palanquins and Doli’s are available. But you need to buy the entry tickets for the porters as well. Their help can be taken up to the first three kilometers and after that you can trek as it is almost flat. But I recommend you to trek only or you will miss out lot of flowers on the way while in to Doli or Palanquin.

Valley of flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.
Valley of flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.
Palanquins carrying a tourist to valley of flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to valley of flowers
Palanquins carrying a tourist to valley of flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to valley of flowers

3. Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib: Distance 6.5 km one side, porters and ponies are available.

This is quite steep and I recommend to take a pony at least while going uphill. This saves time and energy both. If you have booked your trip with us we will be trekking beyond Hemkund Sahib where some of the rare flowers bloom. They are not even available in the Valley of flowers. While coming back you can walk down.

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.

Ghangaria to Govindghat : Ponies and Helicopter available.

It is purely downhill as opposed to explained in Para 1 but if you want to save time you can use pony or Helicopter. Difficulty level of valley of flowers trek is moderate.

Kunth Khal trek from Valley of Flowers trek opens for public after a long time of 45 years

“Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.” This is Bistorta affinis is found in 2-3 varieties in the Valley of Flowers. It is very attractive flower especially due to twisted stem. It’s stem is tufted and upper leaves are smaller. Flowers at this tufted stem are pale to deep pink in color. In short Bistorta Affinis looks like a long cylindrical spike. It is a common flower and can be spotted easily in the Valley of Flowers from June mid to End of September.

Here is a good news for nature lovers !! Uttarakhand government has opened Kunth Khal Trek route to Valley of Flowers after 45 years. This route was lying closed from last 45 years.

The government says it will be helpful to rescue teams in case a disaster like the Kedarnath flash floods strikes the region again and the adventure lovers will get a chance to explore a new virgin trail.

Brahma Kamal Flowers on Kunth Khal -Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Brahma Kamal Flowers on Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Kunth Khal -Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

SS Rasaily, director, Nanda Devi Biosphere, said “The Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti trek route was since 1970 as people were using the much easier route from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. Because it was lying unused, the trek trail soon became overgrown with dense vegetation. During the recent disaster in Kedarnath, a need was felt for an alternate route which could be used to rescue people. This route is suitable for this purpose.”

Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers

Badrinath is about 10 km from Hanuman Chatti. People can trek to Kunth Khal and Ghangaria to get back to civilization. According to officials people can go for this trek as it offers a lot of natural beauty.

“The 15 km route is spotted with gorges, glaciers and rivers. The ideal time to trek here is from July to October. You can also see the Brahamkamal flower on this trail which is found over the elevation of 4500 meter.

Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

Forest department is also beginning to promote a number of other forgotten treks close to the Valley of Flowers such as the trails leading to the Kagbhushandi Lake, Chanab Valley, Dronagiri Parvat etc.

Valley of Flowers | Heaven on Earth

Caltha palustris

My name is Kunal and I’m basically from Jaipur, India. I have long been dreaming to go to a place which is almost heaven on earth. At least I call it so because until you physically go there you cannot feel the charm it holds. Surfing on the internet I came across to my dream place which is in fact called the ‘Valley of Flower’ in Uttarakhand, India and I realized that this is the place I want to go. After some more research I was able to find few tour operators and after comparing them all I found the Blue Poppy the best. I was really impressed with the amount of information I got from these people and everything is nicely updated on their website. I love the way all information is given segment wise and quite in depth from food to clothes and tiny things. Really great work to have such a nice informative website.

I am really happy with the service of Blue Poppy and would recommend to others as well. Everything was nicely organized and the food was too good. Thanks for everything.

I am a passionate photographer and one of my prime reason to go to this heaven was to do lot of nature photography and I’m very lucky that during my trip the weather was excellent and I was able to get most out of my trip. During my trip I also meet the owner of the Blue Poppy, Mr. Devkant. He’s a nice, calm guy and shared lot of nature and places information with everyone

Finally the trip was excellent, good arrangements, nice people and lovely nature and places. I’m happy to share my snaps on your site.

Trek to Valley of Flowers – A travelogue by Mr. J R Vacchani

One of our group near Ghangaria

Right from the start up at Haridwar till our return, we had lovely time with Blue Poppy Holiday with all their arrangements. It will be difficult to find out any lapses in it.

“All credit to the Blue Poppy Team-the guides and the team leader Devkant!”

So enthusiastic and tireless in all respect like taking care of all the participants, all arrangements and his involvement to be with the group on the way of trek from start to finish!

We had enjoyed the road trip from Haridwar to Govindghat enjoying the natural beauty of Himalayas, Alaknanda and its tributaries.

Stay at hotel was good.

The trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria was enjoyable. It was joyous moments all the way enjoying the nature. We were very close to the nature or were mixed with it.

The booklet of flowers and guidance provided us was good on hand helpful stuff to refer regarding the flowers and what are dos / donts in the valley.

The trek was wonderful though it was a bit hard one at starting. We enjoyed every second we spend there with hills, glaciers, trails, streams, flowers, river and mystic peaks. The best of all was the company of Devkant all along the trek rout.

The second day was more better as we went to the extreme deeper of the valley! Devkant will say how deep we were! It was just wonderful trek.

This is a unique valley where you will see – peaks, streams, glaciers, river, lush greenery, flowers and lot more.
Next trip was to Hemkund Sahib and the trek was again wonderful.

We preferred to take all the treks by ourselves only without any pony supports. We enjoyed it.Enjoyed the dip at the holy pond.

On the return to Govindghat and trip to Badrinathji was again
Sone pe suhaga!

In short, I personally had experienced the best of my days in the valley and would love to be again!
All the praise for Blue Poppy Team and the all participants from all over the country and from abroad for this wonderful experience.

Photos Contributed by Mr. J R Vacchani

All women trek to valley of flowers

This post is written by Mrs. K Haritha and her group who has gone on the trek between 12th July, 2015 to 18th July, 2015.

“Me and my 7 friends, an all women group went for the trek between 12th to 18th amidst many apprehensions and warnings from loved ones and friends. Very early in the tour, we realized that all the fears were unfounded. Everything was beautifully organized and the weather would not have been more perfect. Cut off from the regular world, the trek to the valley and Hemkund Sahib was absolute bliss. Though we expected to see many more types of flowers in the valley(we were told that the flowering is delayed by 15 days this time), we were simply awed by the sights around. The natural flower blooms on the way to Hemkund sahib more than made up for any little disappointment that was there. In all, a life time experience. I am glad I did it.”

Why is Valley of Flowers trek a perfect family holiday

Smart travelers try to pick a destination for their vacation that will provide something for everyone in your family or group of friends! A place that can give a pause to your whirring minds, strive for a happier heart and charged up physic. A multi-day journey that offer variety into your holiday because most of us feel better if we have some structure to our time off.

We have announced new tours that will be available this coming Summer. This is your chance to visit some of the undiscovered beauties of India and have a holiday that is completely new and exciting. For those of you who enjoy active holidays this is a good opportunity to get a change. Our tours are one week long and we welcome people from all walks of life.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

Valley of Flowers is undoubtedly energetic, exotic and beautiful location, so it is worth spending more than just a couple of days with your family and loved ones. With much to do in Valley of Flowers, we have picked a few inviting imperatives spotlighted here.

Serene and virgin nature of this botanical garden” Valley of Flowers” brings forth the absolute sense of freedom in you as the promised land is primarily celebrated for its glamorous efflorescence! Many uncommon flowers like Brahma Kamal, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Prinula, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta can be seen in abundance here. Calm but liveliest mornings would fill your kids with nectar of life, chasing birds would surely tickle their alleviated excitements.

These heights into The Himalayas witness heaven where time stands still. Leisure lies in every single step of walking and trekking. Far ahead of the civilization, you, part of a primeval nature and have adventure in mystical peaks of this wonderland! Merrily marching by the banks of River Pushpawati would pour gallons of pleasure that no thoughts could over power the presence of the moment in you. A devoted visit to famous temple of Badrinath ji and Hemkunth Sahib would fill the sacred space in one’s heart.

This world heritage has also been long known for its intense beauty surrounded by over 400 inconceivable breeds of plants and animals. To experience the unique corollary of this place at the countryside is what allures many travellers of all ages. It would be truly overwhelming memories that being together with your kids and elders in the family, you can cherish being with this Perfect Creation of God.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

One can involve in rich exposure to photography. The experts would present a comprehensive view of nature, beliefs of locals and related mythology and traditions. Moreover, trekking in Valley of Flowers is fairly an easy rut and can be achieved with a gentle fitness level. Helicopters or porter services for the convenience of elderly people and kids are added features of this destination. And, obviously, the importance of Dhabas is well acclaimed which are the best stopovers on the pathways.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

It can be your lucky chance to spend time just chilling and talking to your family. You can often make good decisions about your future and build closer ties when you have time just to be together and chant about your feelings.