Valley of Flowers National Park


The Valley of Flowers National Park is a mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Situated in the rugged Himalayan terrain, this park is renowned for its stunning alpine meadows adorned with a vibrant carpet of countless wildflowers. The park spans over an area of approximately 87.5 square kilometers and is nestled at an altitude ranging from 3,200 to 6,675 meters above sea level.

Every year, from June to September, the valley comes alive with a riot of colors as various species of blooming flowers create a breathtaking natural spectacle. This rich floral diversity includes a wide array of species, from the famed blue poppy to countless varieties of primulas, orchids, marigolds, daisies, and many more. In addition to the floral beauty, the park is also home to an array of wildlife, including elusive species like the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, and blue sheep.

The Valley of Flowers National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts, botanists, and trekkers, offering a unique opportunity to witness nature’s grandeur at its finest. The serene ambiance, coupled with the breathtaking scenery, makes it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to be immersed in the splendors of the natural world. It stands as a testament to the incredible biodiversity that the Himalayan region harbors and serves as a sanctuary for numerous endangered species.

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Day 1: Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath
  • Depart early in the morning for a scenic drive to Joshimath.
  • Enroute, visit Devprayag, where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers converge to form the Ganges.
  • Reach Joshimath by evening and rest for the night.
Day 2: Joshimath to Govindghat to Ghangaria
  • Drive to Govindghat and start the trek to Ghangaria, the base camp for Valley of Flowers.
  • The trek is approximately 13 km and can take around 6-7 hours, depending on your pace.
  • Ghangaria is a small settlement with basic accommodation options.
Day 3 : Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back
  • Early morning start for the Valley of Flowers. It’s about a 5 km trek from Ghangaria.
  • Spend the day exploring the valley, marveling at the diverse flora and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Return to Ghangaria in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back
  • Trek to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh shrine situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters.
  • The trek is around 6 km and can be challenging due to the altitude. Take your time and acclimatize.
  • Spend some time at Hemkund Sahib and then return to Ghangaria.
Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat and back to Joshimath
  • Descend to Govindghat and drive back to Joshimath.
  • Rest and relax in Joshimath after the trek.
Day 5: Joshimath to Rishikesh/Haridwar
  • Depart from Joshimath for the return journey to Rishikesh or Haridwar.
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