Valley of flowers, discovered in 1931 is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.
At the meeting point of the Himalayan ranges, ZANSKAR and Western and Eastern Himalayas, the valley of flowers discovered by Mountaineer Frank S Smith in 1931 has been declared a world heritage site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks. Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought SANJIVANI to the ailing LAKSHMANA from the valley of flowers. A perfect place to laze around the umpteen number of Himalayan water-falls, streams and paddocks and let the beauty of the place sink in.
The pristine water of PUSHPAWATI River divides this enchanting valley into two parts. The locals always knew about the existence of the valley and believed that it was inhabited by fairies. The region is also rich in varied fauna and you might encounter Himalayan bear, snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep and several colourful butterflies.
A world heritage site, the valley is situated at a very remarkable area, which is the conversion point of Himalayan ranges, ZANSKAR and Western and Eastern Himalayas. This fairyland located in the high altitudes of Himalayas is protected by snowy mountains. Bounded by the magnificent mountain ranges and glittering glaciers, this place unfolds the charisma and charm of nature at its best.
Unspoiled by human invasions this imposing land lay iced up in the colder months, and burst into its majestic boom on the arrival of hotter months. During these months the valley sheds its somnolent nature with its multitudes of exotic flora. When the monsoon clouds began to drizzle, the valley shows its flowery face and the entire region would glisten like a colourful carpet.
1.HEMKUND SAHIB -
The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru GOVIND SINGH JI mediated at HEMKUND Sahib for years. The word HEMKUND literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. HEMKUND SAHEB is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several Snow Capped peaks, which are collectively called HEMKUND PARVAT.
A star shaped GURUDWARA near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to LAKSHMAN, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 6km from GHANGHARIA to reach HEMKUND Sahib. The best time to visit this place is from July to November.
One of the last human habitation core on the way to HEMKUND Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. GHANGARIA is a serein village perched at an elevation of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from GOVIND GHAT and 4kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy going to restrain rom this point if you are commuting towards HEMKUND Sahib.
The region has a tendency to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region stays opened from May to October. A GURUDWARA, GMVN rest houses and a few more hotels offers accommodation facility at GHANGHARIA.
FOREST TREKS -
For those who would like to be closer to the nature and study the flora and fauna of the park and encounter wild life on foot. We arrange a variety of trekking activities through the park and across the SHIWALIK ranges. Our naturalists and guides would accompany you at all times.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is well attached to Delhi with daily flights. GOVINDGHAT is placed at a distance of 292kms from Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are lendable from Jolly Grant Airport to GOVINDGHAT. GOVINDGHAT is connected by motor-able roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Valley of Flowers but the roads are only connected up to GOVIND GHAT from where you have to commence trek of 16kms to reach Valley of Flowers.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Valley of flowers is RISHIKESH but the roads are only connected up to GOVIND GHAT from where you have to commence trek of 16kms to reach Valley of Flowers. Trains to RISHIKESH are steady and frequent. GOVINDGHAT is well associated by motor-able roads with RISHIKESH. Taxis and buses are available from RISHIKESH, Srinagar, RUDRAPRAYAG, CHAMOLI, JOSHIMATH and many other destinations to GOVINDGHAT. RISHIKESH railway station is located 273 kms before GOVINDGHAT on NH-58. RISHIKESH is well attached by railway networks with stellar destinations of India.
By Road: GOVINDGHAT is well connected by motor-able roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state. Valley of Flowers is connected up to GOVIND GHAT with motor-able roads and from here you have to commence trek of 16kms to reach Valley of Flowers. Buses to HARIDWAR, RISHIKESH and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to GOVINDGHAT are easily available from major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state like RISHIKESH, PAURI, RUDRAPRAYAG, KARNAPRAYAG, UKHIMATH, Srinagar, CHAMOLI etc. GOVINDGHAT is situated on National Highway 58 making it easy to reach.