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How to Reach Valley of Flowers – Complete Travel Guide

How to reach the Valley of Flowers National Park

The easiest way to reach the valley of flowers is from Joshimath. You have to complete a 17Km trek from Joshimath to reach the Valley of flowers.

Location of Valley of flowers – Bhyundar Bugyal near Joshimath, Uttarakhand.

Best time to visit the Valley of Flowers – The best time to visit the Valley of flowers is from August to October.

By Air – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport to the valley of flowers, which is 315 Km from the Valley of flowers.

By Rail – Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railway station, 285 Km away from the valley of flowers.

By Road – Govindghat is the nearest bus stand from where you can get vehicles and is 18 Km away from Valley of the flower.

Routes to Reach valley of Flowers

The valley is approachable from Govindghat Chamoli. There are 2 different routes to reach Govindghat.

Route 1

Delhi – Rishikesh – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Joshimath – Govindghat(Approx distance of the route is 270 Km(via Haridwar – Badrinath highway)

Route 2

Delhi – Haldwani – Ranikhet – Karanprayag – Joshimath – Govindghat(Approx distance via route 2 is 332 Km)

After crossing the Alaknanda river valley at Govindghat, an ascending bridle path along Bhyundar Ganga leads to Ghangaria which is 13 Kms away from Govindghat, and the valley of flowers is 3 km away from there.

Journey to Valley of flowers

Delhi is a good base to reach the Garhwal hills. The rest of the journey is best undertaken by road. There are buses and taxis from Delhi to Dehradun or Rishikesh.

By road: From Dehradun road, you can share a jeep to Joshimath, about eight hours away. The starting point for the trek to the Valley of Flowers is Govind Ghat, on the banks of the Alaknanda river, which is 16 km. away by bus from Joshimath on the Rishikesh – Badrinath highway.

Bt foot: The Valley of   Flowers is a fabulous trek. There’s a gradual climb from Govind Ghat   (1,770 m.) to Ghangaria (15 km. from Govind Ghat, seven hours), which is the base from where you proceed to the Valley of Flowers.

From   Ghangaria, the path bifurcates with the route to the left leading to the Valley of Flowers and a return trip should take about six hours. From Ghangaria, you can also trek to the right, along the Lakshman Ganga to the lake at Hemkund Sahib. This steep climb should take about eight hours to reach the valley of flowers. The descent from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat should take about five hours.

Attractions Near Valley of flowers

Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 to the outside world by Frank S Smith, Valley of Flowers is one of the most popular tourist destinations located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The destination in itself is one of the major attractions, set in the backdrop of the beautiful Zanskar Range.

Hemkund Sahib

On the way to Valley of Flowers, there are some other major tourist attractions. Shri Hemkund Sahib, situated at an altitude of 4,329 m above sea level, is one of the most important religious sites for Hindus as well as Sikhs.

Popularly known as Snow Lake, Hemkund Sahib is surrounded by some snow covered mountain ranges, which are together known as Hemkund Parvat. In addition, tourists visiting this lake can also explore Gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib and a temple dedicated to Lord Rama.

Nanda Devi National Park Uttarakhand

Apart from these, tourists can also explore the two national parks, which have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park are the two national parks. Both these national parks are known for their natural beauty and also serve as home to several endangered species of animals like Brown Bear and Blue Sheep.

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