From the mesmerizing view of hills to walking on the snow, from drinking water from the waterfalls to feel every drop of rain, the trip to the valley of flowers was full of colors and natural beauty around.
Valley of Flowers National Park is located in North Chamoli, Uttarakhand and is popular for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
My trip to the valley of flowers begin from July 2 and I was finally able to see the view of this beautiful site on July 5. Situated at Himalayan Range, Valley of flowers is surely a place you should visit once in your life so here is what all happened in-between days. Also, shared below is a video to experience this wonderful trip closely.
On 2nd July night, I took an overnight train, Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun, Uttrakhand from Delhi, I reached Dehradun around 6 am afterward I again had to travel to Joshimath from Dehradun as I have to reach Ghangaria village to actually start my trek to the valley of flowers but as you all can read there is a lot of journeys already to do first to reach to Ghangaria village. You can also go to this place via Rishikesh.
Here is another video on trekking essentials required-
Distance between Dehradun to Joshimath is around 290 km and it took me around 11 hours to reach Joshimath via a rental car. So, it was a lot of travel in a go but the scenery on the way were wonderful. I saw the merging of two rivers- River Mandakini and River Alaknanda, the overall experience was beautiful. The moment I reached my hotel at Joshimath, a homestay all I was looking for was food. Hungry tummy asks for nothing but Dal-roti and happiness was I got that only. It is a total yay to stay at a homestay! This sums my day 2 of traveling.
Now let’s talk about 4th July, On this day I moved nearer to my destination valley of flowers. From Joshimath, I went to Pulna by a rental car. It was 40-45 minutes journey and then I finally started my trek of 10 km towards Ghangaria Village.
Although the trek was not easy it was not so difficult also. I enjoyed the freshness of the weather, I enjoyed the prettiness of nature, I enjoyed the sound of the water stream. Everything so natural, so fancy! Amidst all this, one of the thoughts in my mind was how beautiful it is going to be up there. I had already pre-booked my camp to stay at Ghangaria village. So, that day’s moto was just to reach the camp and have some chill time while enjoying the weather. And that’s what I did once I reached my camp place where I was going to stay for the next 3 days. It took me around 6 hours to reach the camp area.
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Also, these camps are the best, clean place to stay at Ghangaria village. The total cost to stay there was Rs 13,500 including all-time meals and they provide attach washrooms in this cost. Food was also quite satisfactory. My overall experience of this place was nice so I can really recommend you guys for it!
Cut to July 5th, I woke up early morning at 6:30 and left for the trek to the valley of flowers. I crossed 5 waterfalls to reach this world heritage site. The view of these waterfalls was wow. The journey was absolutely stunning. The route of the trek was pretty decent.
Finally, after trekking for 4 km from Ghangaria base camp to Valley of flowers for around 5 hours, I reached my final destination valley of flowers. The mere sight of the entrance made me happy. It was awww!
The beauty of flowers couldn’t be explained in words. The walking of clouds, the drops of rain, everything was on-point. It felt like nature has weaved all this thing altogether for me to have the best experience.
I think I had the best of the experience of the valley of flowers. Also, July and August are the months to visit this place. I suggest you visit in mid-July. Also, you can watch the Youtube video as well as my Instagram pics to have a piece of better knowledge! Don’t forget to subscribe.
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