Garhwal Himalayas (Uttaranchal)
Area: 87.5 sq. Kms.
Altitude: Between 3,658m to 3,962 m
Best Season: Mid April To Mid August
The valley of Flowers is a beautiful meadow located
at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet. It is the valley-of-flowers-trek.html of
the stream Pushpavati, a tributary of Alaknanda.
Frank Smythe discovered 'The valley-of-flowers-trek.html of
Flowers' in 1931 on his way back after a successful expedition
to Mt. Kamet. Ferns, dwarf iris, dwarf larkspur, dwarf rhododendrons,
primula, blue poppies, fritillaria, asters, potentillas, inula grandifloras
and hundreds of other species grow wild in the valley-of-flowers-trek.html.
The valley of Flowers
is a riot of color in August/September. Well over a thousand varieties
of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing
textures and colors paint the valley-of-flowers-trek.html in a gorgeous display. The
valley-of-flowers-trek.html is a natural plantation surrounded by the dazzling snow
clad Himalayas, a feast for the botanist and
Deep in the heart of the Himalayas,
is this spectacular 'valley- of Flowers'. Many
varieties of Himalayan wild flowers bloom here.
Post Monsoons, the floor of the valley-of-flowers-trek.html is covered with a carpet
of myriad colours ! It is an awesome sight of colours with a contrasting
back drop of majestic peaks.
The scope for trekking
in Garhwal and Kumaon
is immense. From short walks to arduous ascents to mountaineering
expeditions, the diversity is staggering.
Legends associate this valley-of-flowers-trek.html of
Garhwal Himalayas with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana
collected "Sanjeevani" herbs to revive Lakshmana, the
younger brother of Ramaji. Hanumanji had to visit far-flung areas
in his search for the "Sanjeevani" life - saving herbs.
In 1939, Miss Margaret Legge, a
botanist deputed by the botanical gardens of Edinburgh arrived
at the valley-of-flowers-trek.html of flowers for further studies,
While she slipped off and was lost for ever in the garden of the
gods. Her sister later visited the valley-of-flowers-trek.html of flowers
and erected a memorial on the spot where she was buried by the
locals. The thoughtful memorial is still there.
Tour Highlights - HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH
: The two holy towns of the Hindu's- centres of ' Vedic'
learning and Yoga & Meditation. HEMKUND SAHIB:
The pilgrim centre of the Sikh's high in the Himalayas. The Hemkund
lake is dominated by the colossal Hathi Parbat (peak). AULI:
A popular winter Ski resort, Auli offers spectacular panoramic
view of the Himalayas. PAURI : A small hill station
with serene surroundings. Enjoy the hospitality of a local village
Early morning arrival at Delhi. 0700 hrs departure by
train to Haridwar. Day at leisure to explore this holy town. Visit
the 'Aarti' (holy ceremony) performance at the river 'Ghat' at
sunset. Overnight in Hotel.
A long day’s drive along the Alakhnanda river
valley-of-flowers-trek.html brings you to the high altitude grassland of Auli (2500
m – 3050 m). Overnight in Tourist Hut.
Day at leisure.
Drive to Govindghat (1828 m), and thereon trek to Ghanghria (3048
m). Overnight in Tents. ( 14 Kms trek; 6-8 hrs walking ) you will
reach Ghangharia, the base camp for treks to valley-of-flowers-trek.html of Flowers
and Hemkund Sahib. Since camping and overnight stay is not allowed
in the valley-of-flowers-trek.html of Flowers, Ghangharia is the logical base camp
for the trek.
A steep climb through picturesque landscape brings you to the
holy shrine of the Sikhs- Hemkund Sahib (4329 m). The Guru Govind
Singh Gurudwara at Hemkund is also a major attraction. According
to the verses in Guru Govind Saheb (the holy book of the Sikhs)
Guru Govind Singh meditated hare. Sikhs, Hindus and others revere
Guru Govind Singh and so Hemkund has acquired international renown.
The crystal clear serene waters
of the holy lake encircled by 7 snow capped peaks and their associated
glaciers, paint a picture hard to forget. There is also a small
temple dedicated to Laxman- a hero of the epic 'Ramayana'. Camp
overnight by the lake side. ( 6 Kms; 4-5 hrs walking )
Return to Ghanghria. ( 3-4 hrs of walking )
Day07: valley of Flowers
Trek to one of the most beautiful location in the Garhwal region
–‘The valley-of-flowers-trek.html of Flowers’(3658 –3962 m).
This valley-of-flowers-trek.html with its myriad variety of rare wild flowers never
fails to impress a visitor. Spend the day in the valley-of-flowers-trek.html. Return
to Ghanghria by evening. Overnight in Tents. ( 4 + 4 Kms; 5-6
Trek down to Govindghat and thereon drive back to Auli. Evening
at leisure. Campfire dinner at night. Overnight in Tourist Hut.
( 4-5 hrs walking)
Day09: Auli - Day to relax and explore the surroundings.
Drive down along the river upto Srinagar from where you take the
diversion to Pauri. Overnight in village house.
Day for short walks through the forests. Campfire dinner along
with local drums and Bagpipe music. Overnight in village house.
Morning departure by road to Haridwar. Enroute stop over at Rishikesh
for lunch. Explore the town before proceeding to Haridwar to board
the evening train to Delhi. 2230 hrs arrival at Delhi; transfer
to Airport for flight back home.