Valley of flowers
Flowers born to blush unseen
Valley of Flowers Tourism
Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km (10.5 mi). The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, Govindghat is a small place close to Joshimath (around one hour distance), where the trek begins. From Govindghat, shared taxis up to 4 km and then a trek of less than 11 km (8.6 mi) brings trekkers to Ghangaria a small settlement located about 3 km (about 2 mi) from the valley. One can also hire a porter, mule or helicopter to reach Ghangaria. As one nears Ghangaria one is greeted by fields of perfumed wild flowers, wild rose bushes and wild strawberries by the sides of the path. The visitors to Valley of Flowers need to get a permit from Forest Department, at Ghangaria and the permit is valid for three days and visiting and trekking is allowed only during day time. As visitors are not allowed to stay inside the National park, accommodation can be obtained at Ghangaria. The best time to visit is between July and early September, when the valley is full of flowers, just after the outbreak of monsoon.
Valley of flowers has a cool but pleasant climate all through the year.
o Summers (June to October) have a cool weather with maximum temperature reaches to nearly 17 °C and is a good season for viewing the panoramic beauty.
o Winters (November to May) are snow covered and difficult to visit the outdoor attractions. Minimum temperature can go well down with average minimum about 7 °C.
o July to October is pleasant and ideal for the visit of the national park and is good for spotting endangered animals. August and September are eye catching months with blooming flowers.
o December to May is snow bound and road blocks prevent the tourist from visiting the outdoors.
Reaching the Valley of Flowers: Require to Trek
Starting and ending point:The trek starts and ends at Joshimath
Temp: Day (12°C to 20°C) & Night (4°C to 10°C)
Base Camp: Govindghat
ATM: Joshimath is the last place to get the cash in pockets. Grade: Easy to Moderate Max Altitude: 14,100 Ft. Approx. Trekking Km: 47 Kms.
Things to Carry
1. Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T shirt
2. Water resistant trekking pants
3. Windproof/ water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
4. Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve woollen sweater
5. Thermal inner wear
6. Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, outer water proof gloves
7. Thick woollen socks and regular socks
8. Scarf/ muffler (optional)
9. Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
11. Raincoat/ Poncho
12. Small light weight towel
13. Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
14. Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
15. Sturdy walking stick/ Trekking pole
16. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
17. Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
18. Personal medication
19. Personal toiletries
How to reach
How to Reach by Flight
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.
How to Reach by Train
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
How to Reach by Bus
There is regular bus service from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness. Usually buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station. Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will be available for you to commute from Haridwar Railway Station.
How to Reach by Road
Chandigarh to Valley of Flowers: 422 km
Delhi to Valley of Flowers: 441 km
Nagpur to Valley of Flowers: 1344 km
Mumbai to Valley of Flowers: 1824 km
Pune to Valley of Flowers: 1859 km
Thiruvananthapuram to Valley of Flowers: 3103.1 km
Bangalore to Valley of Flowers:2641.9 km
Dehradun to Valley of Flowers:310.3 km
Hyderabad to Valley of Flowers:2050.7 km
How to travel within
Valley of Flowers is not really a shopper’s paradise but you can hunt for some souvenirs at Valley of Flowers market or Alaknanda market. In Alaknanda market, do visit one of the shoes and leather bag stores for some fabulous goodies.