Situated in the lovely state of Uttarakhand, about 5kms from Ghangria, this beautiful valley is home to one of the most exotic Himalayan flower â€“ the blue Primula which can be seen covering the entire valley in full bloom. Reaching the valley is a quiet pilgrim trek, starting from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, a beautiful lake that has immense spiritual and religious significance in Hindu and Sikh religions alike, upto Ghangria, which is an additional 12kms ahead. The journey can be quite thorough and taxing on anybody so its quite essential to have good endurance. The best time to visit the valley and see the flowers in full bloom across the area is from mid-July until mid-August.
The Hemkund lake has a religious significance for Sikhs and there is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. The water on the lake clearly reflects the crystallised seven snow clad peaks and its glaciers that encircle its surroundings. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now universally associated with Sikhism. On 15th April 1699, he started the new brotherhood called the Khalsa (meaning the pure, from the Persian word 'Khales') an inner core of the faithful, accepted by baptism (amrit). The five K's' date from this period: kesh (uncut hair) kangha (comb), kirpan (dagger or short sword), kara (steel bangle), and kachh (boxer shorts).
Day 1:- Haridwar to Joshimath
ï‚· Distance- 256 km
ï‚· Driving Time-10 hours
ï‚· Altitude- 6,700 ft.
ï‚· Pick up from Haridwar railway station at 6:30 am
ï‚· Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges)
ï‚· Last ATM point available in Joshimath
ï‚· Market available in Joshimath
ï‚· Networks available all along the way
ï‚· Guest house stay
ï‚· Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
ï‚· Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
ï‚· Devprayag to Srinagar
ï‚· Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
ï‚· Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river) Day 2:- Joshimath to Ghangaria via Pulna & Govind ghat
ï‚· 22 km 50 minutes (Driving) Joshimath to Govind ghat (6,300 ft)
ï‚· 4 km 20 minutes, Govindghat to Pulna (6,800 ft)
ï‚· 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (9,800 ft)
ï‚· Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river
ï‚· Water is available along the route
ï‚· Packed lunch will be given
ï‚· Mule and porter facility is available from Pulna
ï‚· BSNL network available at Ghangaria
ï‚· Helicopter service available from Govind ghat to Ghangaria and fro
ï‚· Stay in guest house Note worthy Site:Â Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; GhanghariaÂ Day 3:- Ghangaria to Valley of Flower back to Ghangaria
ï‚· Altitude- 11,500 ft.
ï‚· Distance- 4 km, each way
ï‚· Trek Time- 7 hours
ï‚· The Valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier
ï‚· Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland
ï‚· Can refill water bottles from streams on the way
ï‚· Prominent flowers:- Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower , Hooked Stick Seed, and River Anemone
ï‚· Packed lunch will be given, no food available in the valley
ï‚· Camping inside the valley is not allowed, canâ€™t stay after sunset
ï‚· Night stay in Guest house Day 4:- Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib back to Ghangaria
ï‚· Altitude- 14,100 ft.
ï‚· Distance- 5.5 km, each way
ï‚· Trek Time- 7 hours
ï‚· Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path
ï‚· Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib
ï‚· Can refill water from road side dhabas
ï‚· Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar
ï‚· Brahma Kamal, Himalayan blue poppy can be seen on the way to Hemkund Sahib
ï‚· Night stay in Guest house Day 5:- Ghangaria to Joshimath via GovindGhat & Badrinath
ï‚· Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
ï‚· Trek Time-5 hours
ï‚· Distance to Badrinath 10,170 ft.- 25 km (Drive)
ï‚· Driving Time- 40 mins
ï‚· Distance to Joshimath- 44 km (Drive)
ï‚· Driving Time- 2.5 hours
ï‚· Packed lunch
ï‚· Guest house stay
ï‚· If weather and road condition will permit, then only we will go to Badrinath Day 6:- Joshimath to Haridwar.
ï‚· Distance-235 km
ï‚· Breakfast and lunch excluded
ï‚· Ride will commence at 7 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm to 7 pm
ï‚· You can book your travel from Haridwar any time after 8 pm.
ï‚· Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges
Day 01: Haridwar - Joshimath
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest connecting airport, about 48 km from the Haridwar from where our journey will begin. The pick up from Haridwar railway station will ne at 6:30 am after which we'll head straight to Joshimath which is approximately 250kms. Breakfast and Lunch will be taken on the way to Joshimath (not included in the cost). We will reach Joshimath at around 6 in the evening and will then check into the hotel foe an overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath - GovindGhat - Ghangaria Trek
After breakfast at Joshimath we'll be heading to Govind Ghat which is about 22 km from there, and is one of the most popular pilgrim spots visited there. Journeying alonside the river Alaknanda that flows enroute the Badrinath Highway, we will get to experience a thrilling adventure begin. There are a lot of eateries along the way so it's okay if you don't pack any food with you. Porters or mules are available for hiring at the Govind Ghat, for carrying luggage on the Ghangaria trek, also known as Govind Dham. Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse.
Day 3: Ghangaria - Hemkund â€“ Ghangaria
Serving as base for both Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers, the journey will commence here for visiting the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, which is the worldâ€™s highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 4,329 mt. Since we will be making a round-about trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back, it is essential to carry sufficient water with yourselves since the trek involves steep ascents in certain stretches and will require greater physical exertion. The journey from here on will ne filled with alluring panoramic view of the entire mountain ranges, snow covered peaks, and melting glaciers. On reaching Hemkund, the lake will be clearly visible from a distance, which remains frozen for half the year. There will be â€˜langarâ€™ served inside the Gurudwara and beautiful harmonious symphonies will echo in the surroundings. The walk back to Ghangria will follow the same path and will take approximately 4-5 hours.
Day 4: Ghangria â€“ Valley of Flowers â€“ Ghangria
Starting early in the morning will give us a good time frame to explore and bask in the beauty of the valley. As soon as walking inside the gates, a scenic trail of the most exotic flora will follow you everywhere you go and the entire time youâ€™ll stay encapsulated in between a range of mountains that will isolate you from the rest of the world. Vibrant green pastures of land covered with a myriad range of flowers to behold, with the sun shine above your head and nothing but the sky wrapped around you; the experience in this valley would leave you overwhelmed and struck beyond belief with its refreshing beauty. The flowers that you'll come across are Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, Hooked Stick Seed, River Anemone and many more.
After the entire had been explored, the journey back to Ghangria will commence on time.
Day 05: Ghangaria - GovindGhat â€“ Badrinath- Joshimath
After the overnight stay at Ghangria, we'll be heading back to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath via Badrinath (If weather and road condition will permit, then only we will go to Badrinath).
Day 06: Joshimath- Haridwar.
After having your morning tea we'll drive to Haridwar. youâ€™ll reach Haridwar between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8:00 pm.