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Valley of Flowers 2013, an update

Bridge at Govindghat constructed

After bad news at last there is good news that a bridge has been constructed over Alaknanda at Govindghat by the authorities. About 1000 ponies were evacuated for the other side of the river. The repairing and construction of trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria has also been started. A small make shift bridge is also constructed between Govindghat and Ghangaria over Pushpawati River 3 kilometers before Ghangaria.

Iron Bridge at Govindghat which was washed out by floods in Alaknanda.

Iron Bridge at Govindghat which was washed out by floods in Alaknanda.


Newly constructed bridge at Govindghat

Newly constructed bridge at Govindghat


Front view of newly constructed bridge at Govindghat

Front view of newly constructed bridge at Govindghat

Authorities believe that the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria can be reopened for public by September first week. There is no damage at Ghangaria and between Ghangaria and Hemkund Sahib. It means Hemkund Sahib can be reopened by 15th September, 15 days before official closing date. However opening Valley of Flowers can be done only after construction of another bridge over Pushpawati River 500 meters inside the entry gate. All these washed away bridges are explained in my earlier blog post. There is high probability that the trek to Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria is also damaged at some points. That also has to be repaired, but that can be done only after Ghangaria is accessible and a bridge over Pushpawati is constructed.

Bridge over Pushpawati River between Govindghat and Ghangaria. You can see the trek so near to river. It is washed off now. There are many places where the trek is so near to river.

Bridge over Pushpawati River between Govindghat and Ghangaria. You can see the trek so near to river. It is washed off now. There are many places where the trek is so near to river.


Some golden moments at the bridge in 2010. I used to sit near this bridge for hours together. You can see beautiful scenes from here. Even Auli grounds are visible from here.

Some golden moments at the bridge in 2010. I used to sit near this bridge for hours together. You can see beautiful scenes from here. Even Auli grounds are visible from here.


A bridge being constructed between Govindghat and Ghangaria over Pushpawati River just 3 kilometers before Ghangaria.

A bridge being constructed between Govindghat and Ghangaria over Pushpawati River just 3 kilometers before Ghangaria.

After considering the above facts it seems possible that Valley of Flowers may be reopened by 15th September, 2013. We have cancelled most of our trips this season but we have opened booking for 15th September and 22nd September departure.

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Devkant Sangwan is an ardent lover of nature and is a passionate traveler. He belongs to Haryana (India) and is a law graduate by profession. He’s professionally well qualified and is an Associate member of the Institute of Company secretaries. Like many others, Devkant’s heart did not lie in his profession. He was born to follow his dream which is exploring the beauty of nature. He visited Valley of Flowers for the first time in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the splendor of the place. He started pursuing the place more often and adored it over and over again. He even left his job for his travel pursuits and calls the place as his second wife.

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10 comments on “Valley of Flowers 2013, an update
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ans says:

    Well with recent news I guess VoF is again off again? Any confirmation?

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan J.R.VACHHANI says:

    DEVKANTBHAI,

    GREETINGS.

    WILL YOU BE WITH THE GROUP OF TOUR DEPARTURE DT.12TH JULY?

    J.R.VACHHANI

    VADODARA

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Yes sir, I will be accompanying you for two days surely when you will be going to Valley of Flowers for the trip starting on 12th July, 2015.

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Subhendu Prakash Chakravarti says:

    I like to know the present condition of path to Valley of Flowers.

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan dheeraj mishra says:

    Is valley of Flowers opened for 2013 ? As Hemkund Sahib have been opened recently.

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