A JOURNEY INTO MINI HEAVEN ON EARTH – VALLEY OF FLOWERS

By Sanskruti Chinchewadi (10 years) & Aditya Chinchewadi (12 years)
Sindhi High School, Bangalore

Wow!!! Nature is so awesome. If you keep the nature clean it will give you many things but if you spoil the nature it will punish you. Example, the two floods which took place in India.
We both like the nature and most of you also, but there are some people who don’t like nature. The way the flowers in Hemkund sahib blossomed, they looked like some decoration done by nature. The colors of the flowers which we saw were awesome. Even a man couldn’t copy those colors. It was all natures artistic work. The mountains there were very big. You climb one mountain but when you see front there is another mountain. They don’t finish at all. The greenery there cannot be matched anywhere else. I hope even you all go there once and enjoy the nature and also experience the mini heaven on the earth!!!

We are presenting only few of the photographs from our journey and a little bit of narration on our treck. We urge kids to go for this trck. This will teach all of us about how we should respect nature and how big is our nature in stature. This will help all of us to be humble and good human being.

1. Haridwar : Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places (SaptaPuri) to Hindus. Amidst the KumbhaMela, millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists congregate in Haridwar to perform ritualistic bathing on the banks of the river Ganges to wash away their sins to attain Moksha. Brahma Kund, the spot where the Amrit fell, is located at Har Ki Pauri (literally, “footsteps of the Lord”) and is considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar.

Me and My sister on Ganga Ghat for  Aarti

Ganga Ghat Aarti

2. Rudraprayag : Rudraprayag is a town and a municipality in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Rudraprayag is one of thePanchPrayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, aHindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag. The famous man eating Leopard of Rudraprayag hunted and written about byJim Corbett dwelled here.

3. Dev Prayag : Devprayag (Devaprayāg) (Devanagari : देवप्रयाग) is a town and a nagar panchayat (municipality) in TehriGarhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand, India, and is one of the PanchPrayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River where Alaknanda and Bhagirathirivers meet and take the name Ganga or Ganges River.

Me at Devprayag

Devprayag

4. Karnprayag : Karnaprayag is a city and municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Karnaprayag is one of the PanchPrayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, situated at the confluence of the Alaknanda, and Pindar River

5. Vishnu prayag : Vishnuprayag is one of the PanchPrayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, and lies at the confluence of Alaknanda River andDhauliganga River on the Joshimath-Badrinath route, in Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. According to scriptures, it is the place where Sage Narada meditated, after which Lord Vishnu appeared before him. Kagbhusandi Lake, with its emerald green water, is a nearby attraction.

6. Keshavprayag : Confluence of Alaknanda and Saraswati Rivers at Mana Village, Uttarakhand

7. Govindghat : Govindghat, a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and LakshmanGangarivers. It lies around roughly 22 km from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6000 feet. It is the roadhead and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Hundreds of people, mostly Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers, arrive here everyday

8. Bhyundar valley : Confluence of Alaknanda and Saraswati Rivers at Mana Village, Uttarakhand

9. Alaknanda river : The Alaknanda (or Alakananda; Sanskrit : अलकनन्दा) is a Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India and one of the twoheadstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism. In hydrology, the Alaknanda is considered the source stream of the Ganges on account of its greater length and discharge.

10. Ghangria : Is a small village on the way to Hemkund Sahib, a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs which is about 6 km from here and the Valley of Flowers, a national park known for its variety of flowers about 3 km from here. It is located in the northern Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 3049 meters in Uttarakhand state of India.
Ghangaria is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati, which forms Lakshman Ganga, that later meets the river Alaknanda at Govindghat.

We both were walking in the rainy evening and it was amazing experience being between huge mountains!!! Wow its unbelievable scene there out!!

11. Valley of Flowers : Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan Monal Pheasant and other high altitude birds. At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskarand Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km² and it is about 8 km long and 2 km wide. Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²). This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.Amazing creation of nature!! We can bet that man cannot copy the nature. The color, pattern and designs on the flowers…really amazing!!!

Me and My Sister near a waterfall at the entrance of Valley of Flowers

Waterfall at the entrance of Valley of Flowers


Me and My sister crossing a Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

Crossing a Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

12. Hemkund sahib : Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt), known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, and finds mention in DasamGranth, a work believed to be dictated by him. With its setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks, each adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is according to the Survey of India located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 4,632 meters 15,197 feet). We felt like being in the heaven! Those four hours on the top of mountain are the best period of our life! Wow!! We were fortunate to sight the Vishnu Kamal, which is considered to be rarest flower. We really felt that we were blessed by god and being with him when we were in Hemkund Sahib! A must go place!!

Hemkund Sahib Lake by my camera

Hemkund Sahib Lake


Braham Kamals at Hemkund Saheb

Braham Kamals at Hemkund Saheb

Blue Poppy near Hemkund Saheb

Blue Poppy near Hemkund Saheb

13. Mana village : Mana is a village in the district of Chamoli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. It is located on the northern terminus of National Highway 58,Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass and is 24 kilometres from the border of India and Tibet/China. The village is at a distance of about 3 km from the Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath and the two places are culturally connected with each other.

14. Saraswati river : We felt very happy to be here and felt very proud of our Jawans who take care of us, who dare the cold and tough challenges of the enemies across the border.

15. Badrinath : Mana is a village in the district of Chamoli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. It is located on the northern terminus of National Highway 58,] Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass and is 24 kilometres from the border of India and Tibet/China. The village is at a distance of about 3 km from the Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath and the two places are culturally connected with each other.

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

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Valley of Flowers Departures 2018

  • Sunday, June 03, 2018
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Sunday, July 01, 2018
  • Saturday, July 07, 2018
  • Sunday, July 08, 2018
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Saturday, August 04, 2018
  • Sunday, August 05, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Sunday, September 02, 2018
  • Sunday, September 09, 2018
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Prunus cornuta

Prunus cornuta or Himalayan Bird Cherry is a deciduous medium sized tree having grey brown to brown bark. Leaves are oblong to lanceolate. Small white flowers are found in long drooping clusters. Fruits are round cherries initially red, ripen to dark-purple and black. The fruit gets infected by an insect sometimes and becomes long and horn-like from which comes its specific name cornuta refers to horn like. The fruit is edible and leaves are used for fodder.

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