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Valley of flowers is a national park and world heritage site in India and is famous for its wildflowers. Valley of flowers is located in the western Himalayas known for alpine shrub and home of various endangered species of Himalayas. In other words, it's like heaven on earth.
The Valley of flowers trek in the Himalayas was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their mountaineering expeditions. This occurred in 1931 and right up till today this valley moved toward becoming one among the best trekking places in Himalaya and got the name of the valley of blooms of India.
Valley of flowers trek is very famous trek among Himalayas trekking destination in India. The altitude height of valley of flowers is around 14,400ft. The Pushpawati river flows through along the trails of the valley of flowers trek and is the major source of moisture. The soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains.
Valley of flowers is a riot of colours and the best time to visit this valley of flowers is by mid-August where you can see a lot of Himalayan flowers like Balsam, Anemones, Blue poppy, Brahma Kamals, Primulas, Asters etc occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their food through preying on insects, but these can only be identified by a keen observer.
Valley of flowers is an enthralling site which will you enthralling experience.
Trek to the valley of flowers begins from Govindghat via Joshimath passing through Hemkund lake to the valley of flowers.
The valley of flowers treks will take you to the world of the most good-looking and captivating wildlife which you will cherish for a lifetime. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath and you can observe the meeting of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges while you pass through Devaprayag. You can also look into Auli if you wish in the evening.
During the trails of a valley of flowers, you will come across various picturesque landscapes embracing alluring species of Himalayan flowers. The trail will be a sharp one but the amazing view of the seven snow-capped mountain close to you will definitely make you feel captivated.
Witness the beauty of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks that provide the beauty to the lake and you will find a small stream Himganga which flows out from the lake. It is believed that Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one during the past times.
For going to this trek you will have to first reach to Rishikesh from where the trek will start. There are various options to reach Rishikesh they are listed below
The starting route of this journey will be from Rishikesh. The route of the journey goes like -
Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govindghat - Pulna - Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria - Pulna - Govindghat - Rishikesh
Day 01: Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govindghat
Day 02: Govindghat - Pulna - Ghangaria
Day 03: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria
Day 04: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria
Day 05: Ghangaria - Pulna - Govindghat
Day 06: Govindghat - Rishikesh
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