Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers are comely beyond chimera and imagination! Garhwal`s best-kept-exquisite secret en-wrapped in Chamoli, abutting the Nanda Devi National Park is a recent, is fast catching the fancy of the tourists pan India. 595 km from Delhi, the Valley of Flowers is located at 3,200 to 6,675m. The entire Valley of Flowers is bedight with variegated species of flowers, rolling meadows, flowerful pastures, silver-streaked streams and strong scent that envelopes the valley in intoxication. The dew-draped mornings and flowers and brumous milieu of the valley attracts even more visitors. Valley of Flowers National Park is a World Heritage Site located in the West Himalayas. A number of rarefied flowers such as Bramhakamal, Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily, Rhododendrons, so on carpet the valley in a riot of colours attracting hordes of tourist, from near and far.
The Route to Valley of Flowers
The nearest point and the centre point to access Valley of Flowers is Delhi. Tourists from other parts of India, besides Delhi and adjoining area, can halt at Delhi and continue their from New Delhi. New Delhi to Rishikesh is a 6-hr trip by bus; trains might take slightly lesser time as compared by bus. A overnight break at Rishikesh advisable. Further to this, Rishikesh to Joshimath takes almost 11 hours to reach. From Joshimath reaching Govindghat requires 1-hour-bus ride, followed by an arduous trek of 14-km trek from Govindghat to Ghangria area, which is base camp to Valley of Flowers 3 km from Ghangria.
Joshimath to Ghangria
Joshimath to Govindghat is a toilsome stretch of 21 km of winding steep climbs along the pathway of Alaknand river. After alighting at Govindghat, travellers need to trek a base town which also serves as Hemkund Sahib starting point. The trek to Govindghat is adventurous and scary at the same time. On the trek that leads to Govindghat, the air reverberates with sacred praise of the lord: Sat naam wahe guru! The winding steep to Ghangria moves along the Lakshaman Ganga River all along. The trek is facilitated with all relax points where pilgrims can sit and breath in fresh mountain air and sip hot tea at spots like Bhyundaar and Pulnar Village and so on. Just after 12 km of trekking, the milestone/signpost displays Ghangria`s distance from the spot.
Ghangria is a small village by the side of Lakshman Ganga river that also doubles up as a base for trekkers seeking Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. That is why Ghangria is lined up with lodgings and accommodations by the side of ridge. Ghangria gives a look of the crowded bazaars just like the scene of any other hill station. And, there dots the ambiance a beautiful Gurudwara. Besides, there GMVN guesthouse will have to be booked in advance. The Valley of Flowers are 3 km from the Ghangria Village. The Village is a claustrophobic village without electricity and cellphone coverage
Reaching to the Valley of Flowers
The left fork from Ghangria leads to the Valley of Flowers. The best way out is take ponies, which are allowed only to the entrance gate of the Valley. The entrance is the iron bridge that suspends over the Pushpavati River that joins Lakshman Ganga. This is also called as Dwari Bhitar by the locals, and this is the gate that opens up to the floral quintessence, presented in chord of colours. Beneath their emblazoned skin the flowers are also infused with medicinal properties that have proven a cure of flatulence, diabetes, epilepsy et al. Girdled all sides by the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, the Valley of Flowers is far more pleasant and difficult to believe than its description. The valley is riot of colors, smell, sounds and flowers. Inside there is mauve Impatiens, the white Paenia sunlight yellow Marsh marigold with its flat smiling face. Everywhere there is a heady fragrance of flowers in the Valley and scene keeps getting comely with shallow streams on the shaky logs. The trip to Valley of Flowers – the garden of Indra- is one of the amaranths.