Uttarakhand: Visiting The Valley Of Flowers
The Indian state of Uttarakhand is a perfect getaway spot for your next vacation. Uttarakhand, cradled in the arms of Himalayas is famous all over the world for its beauty and sublime essence of Mother Nature. It is one of the best locations for you to be at in the country and is one of the religious Hindu pilgrim spots and is known as the ‘Lands of the Gods’.
The state is divided between the Garhwal Himalayas and the Kumaon Himalayas and have a total of 13 districts. The Kumaon division includes the famous places like Almora, Bhageshwar, Nainital, and Champawat, while the Garhwal region includes Dehradun, Haridwar, Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag. Rishikesh would be an exotic locale among all the tourist attractions in Uttarakhand.
If you too are a Beatle’s fan then you should know that in 1968 the Beatles’ lived in Rishikesh, and so should you. Ganga, the most famous river in India flows through Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is not just home to pilgrims but also people of other interests. The Jim Corbett National Park is also situated in Uttarakhand and is home to the endangered species of tiger, the Royal Bengal tiger. Apart from these, boating, river-rafting in Rishikesh are fun activities to do in Uttarakhand. The Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the places that you should pay a visit.
Trek to the Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers is a national park in the state of Uttarakhand located in the North Chamboli. The vale is full of meadows of flowers and various other flora and fauna. The Valley of Flowers is one of the very rare places where endangered animals like musk deer, bears, and blue sheep can be spotted, while the most part of the diverse species, the most famous would be the snow leopard. Along with the animals, the Valley of flowers also serves to be the home of many migratory birds in the winter season.
The dale is situated at an altitude of 3352 to 3658 meters. To experience all of the heartfelt beauty the valley offers, you will need to trek to the point. The valley is adjacent to the Nanda Devi National Park and you could enjoy a picturesque scenic view while trekking up the dale. Trekking to Valley of flowers is one of the best experiences you would ever have in your life. You can take a look pictures on the internet but the experience of seeing more than 600 species of flowers growing in a spot is not something that can be captured without an experience.
The Scenic Beauty
Once you have successfully reached the Valley of Flowers, there are many attractions nearby that you should visit. The scenic beauty that these places behold is jaw-dropping and majestic. Here are some of the must-visit spots that you should add to your itinerary and shall help you to understand the perfect
Top 3 Must-Visit Spots in Uttarakhand
1. Hemkund Saheb
Hemkund Saheb is a world famous pilgrim spot especially for the Sikhs. Each year hundreds of Sikhs visit the place to dedicate prayer. It is at an altitude of 4329 meters which makes it the highest of all the Gurdwaras in the world. The place could be reached through trekking. On your way, you are to visit many waterfalls, dense forests and the scenery of the Himalayas, all of which will captivate your heart and mind. History holds a story that Hemkund Saheb was the only place holding the seven peaks where Guru Gobind Singh had meditated in his previous life. The snow-capped mountains are breath-taking and the ambiance is serene in Hemkund Saheb. This makes it a perfect getaway place for you to unwind from city life.
2. Nanda Devi
The Nanda Devi National Park is just adjacent to the Valley of flowers and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is a bio diverse region and houses some of the captivating yet endangered species of animals and flora. The exotic flora and fauna make Nanda Devi National Park unique from all other National Parks. It was credited the title of National Park in the year of 1982 and ever since then, it has become one of the hotspots of the world. You could reach Nanda Devi National Park by trekking or even hiking. The base camp for Nanda Devi National Park is considered to be one of the roughest patches of trekking roads and thus brings adventure along for you.
Badrinath is another one of the fascinating sites that you could visit in your lifetime. It has the famous Badrinath Temple and runs in the vicinity of the Valley of Flowers. The distance of Valley of Flowers to Badrinath is 25 kilometres and you can trek your way to Badrinath Temple. There are other services like ponies and helicopters that would safely reach you there. A trek is mostly recommended because of the grandeur that the mountains hold and the scenic beauty of the snow-capped peaks. Badrinath could also be reached by taking a taxi from Govindghat to Badrinath if you are not a big fan of trekking or hiking.
How to Reach Valley of Flowers?
If you want to visit the Valley of Flowers you could either opt for a plane ride or travel through the train. The nearest airport is located in Jolly Grant in Dehradun, while the nearest train station is located in Rishikesh. Since the Valley of Flowers is not accessible by road entirely, you would first need to ride till Govind Ghat and then take a 13 kilometre trek to a beautiful base station in Ghangaria.
It is always better to rest out the day you reach Gangharia as there is a 3 kilometre trek again that you would require to take to the Valley of Flowers. If you are looking for the best time to visit Valley of Flowers, it should be from the months June till October. During this period, the flowers in the valley are in their prime of life and you can capture them at their best.