If you love flowers then this place is an absolute paradise on Earth for you. This is the most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. Valley of flowers is the place to visit to witness the ultimate beauty of flowers and breathtaking views. We have curated a list of things to do things in and around the valley of flowers trek.
Things To Keep In Mind
The most important thing to do before going on a trek is to gather all the information about the trek and making a list of things to keep in mind about the trek and place.
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. This is a picturesque national park, gracing the beauty of Western Himalayas. Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.
Things To Carry
Water Bottle: Carrying a water bottle is a must. When you are trekking, your body dehydrates but most times due to the cold or cool temperature, you do not realize you are sweating. So, do keep on sipping on water to keep your body hydrated.
Munching from time to time: You can munch on dry fruits, chocolates, energy bars come handy and are easy to consume.
Torchlight or Flashlight: First-time trekkers often forget to carry a torch as they do not realize the importance of having a torch or flashlight. It is a lifesaver when you are trekking at night. So, don't forget to carry a torch!
Hiking shoes with a thick sole: Carrying hiking shoes is a must when it comes to hiking or trekking, make sure that these shoes have a good grip. Apart from shoes, you should also carry a walking stick for support.
Water resisting trekking pants: When you are going on such a trek where you will be crossing rivers, water resisting trekking pants becomes a must carry thing.
Sunscreen, Sunblocks, and Lipbalms: This can be forgotten easily as there are so many other things to worry while going on a trek. Do pack the sunscreen to protect yourself from the UV rays and while trekking and traveling.
Medical Kit or First-aid Kit: You must be aware of the fact that there'll be no medical help in the mountains while trekking. So, you need to be prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.
Miscellaneous: Soaps and hand sanitizer, Flip flops to offer rest to your feet
Things To Do In And Around Valley Of Flowers
Whenever you are planning to trek Valley of flowers, you just can't miss out on Hemkund Sahib as this is one of the most divine places to visit around valley of flowers. It is claimed that the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. When it comes to the literal meaning of Hemkund, the word Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Several sages and religious teachers are from Hindu mythology are believed to perform penance at Hemkund Sahib.
How can we miss out on the Badrinath Temple when we are mentioning the places to visit around The Valley of flowers. If you want to witness divinity meeting serenity of beauty then Badrinath is the town for you. Badrinath Temple, also called Badrinarayan Temple, situated along the Alaknanda river, in the hill town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand state in India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu.
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Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park is a must visit when you are planning a valley of flowers trek. This park provides shelter to snow leopard, Himalayan black-bear, serow, Himalayan musk deer, and Himalayan Tahr. The Nanda Devi National Park the world heritage site supports diverse habitat, species, communities, and ecosystems and has unique topography, climate, and soil. The park has around 312 species of flowers, along with juniper and alpine vegetation.
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It is one of the oldest temple in Indian, this temple is about 1200 years old. It is also called as the Narsingh Badri Temple, it is present in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is one of the 108 ‘Divya Deshams’ of Vishnu. What is the significance of this temple? The significance of Narsingh Temple Joshimath is that the fourth incarnation of Vishnu is depicted as being half-human and half-lion.
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Vasudhara Falls is a waterfall situated near Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, India. Total distance from Badrinath to Vasudhara is 9 KM. It is a 5 km trek from Mana town (3 km from Badrinath). You have to trek 6 km from Mana village. Mana village is 3 km road route from Badrinath. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station in this region. This mesmerizing fall is a must visit around the vasudhara fall when visiting valley of flowers!
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To plan your trip from Badrinath to Valley of Flowers, you’ll have to trek for 25 km as compared to 18 km from Govindghat.
How To Reach Valley Of Flowers From Delhi
To reach by air you need to reach up to Dehradoon airport first and then drive to Haridwar.
Buses ply through well connected, motorable roads to Govindghat, the nearest bus stop, approximately 12 km away from the actual site.
There is no direct rail connectivity to the Valley of Flowers. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to the same, 272 km away from the Valley.
Q. What is the best time to trek to the Valley of flowers?
A. The Valley of Flowers is only open from the beginning of June until the end of October as it's covered in snow the rest of the year.
Q. How many days will it take to complete the valley of flowers trek?
A. It will take around 5 days to complete the trek from Haridwar.