The Valley of Flowers set in the backdrop of the Garhwal Himalayas. This heavenly valley is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, India. Uttarakhand is famous for its religious as well as for heavenly valleys, high snow peaks, rivers, and many more natural wonders. This valley is the topmost beautiful valleys of Uttarakhand where you can experience a wide range of flora and fauna. In this valley, there are several species of flowers where some of them are rare species that can be found only there.
This wonderful valley is distributed in 87 square kilometers in Chamoli. Chamoli is one of the major districts of Uttarakhand. It comes under the Garhwal region. The valley is a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 2002. This valley is the core area zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is administered by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand and comes under the forest Law of India. This valley is discovered by Frank S. Smith in 1931 accidentally. He was a British mountaineer. He and his two group mates were coming from the expedition of Mount Kamet then they accidentally reach the valley after losing their way. As they reach there and saw a wide variety of blooming flowers they named it Valley of Flowers.
The starting point to trek at this valley is Govind Ghat. It is a small town in Chamoli. This location is also famous among the pilgrims of Hemkund Sahib. The Hemkund Sahib the major pilgrimage site for the Sikhs and as well as from other religious followers also. As you start trekking from the Govind Ghat after some time of trekking way split into two parts one will go to the Valley of Flowers and Other will go the Hemkund Sahib. It is just like two gifts in one package by mother nature to us.
- Day 1: Rishikesh to Govind Ghat
- Day 2: Govind Ghat to Ghangariya
- Day 3:Ghangariya to Valley of Flowers
- Day 4:Ghanghariya to Hemkund Sahib
- Day 5:Ghanghariya to Govind Ghat
- Day 6:Govind Ghat to Rishikesh
Nearby Places to Vist
For history, it is the most important place. As the luck of this place tenth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji meditated there for a long time. This fact made this place sacred and respectful for all of us. The meaning of Hemkund is the lake of snow which you will find adjoining the highest Gurdwara of this world that is The Hemkund Sahib, perched at the elevation of 4,329 mt. from the sea level. A temple is also there dedicated to Lord Lakshman, it has been also said that once upon a time lord Lakshman also meditated there.
It is a small town situated at the elevation of 3050 mt. above sea level. It is the center point for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. The Ghanghariya is the last habitat area in this region. There you will find trekkers as well as pilgrims. The surroundings of Himalayan forest and views of Himalayas make it the most serene place.
How to Reach
By Train: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station nearby Govind Ghat. The distance between Rishikesh and Govind Ghat is 273 km. This railway station is well connected with all major train routes throughout India. From there are various buses and tourist cabs are available to reach the Govind Ghat Base Camp.
By Road- Govind Ghat is strongly connected with Rishikesh by road. As you reach the Rishikesh early in the morning there are various government and private buses run on a regular basis available so you can board on them. Apart from it, you can also hire a tourist cab on a private and sharing basis. It will take 11-12 hrs to reach.
By Air- The Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to the Govindghat. It is 285 km away from Govind Ghat. This airport is well connected with all major airports in India via Delhi. So from there you can hire a private tourist cab for Govind Ghat or can take public transport as the bus.
This is all the information about the Valley of Flowers. So-” Stay Blessed and Keep Trekking”