“Valley of Flowers” was founded by few British mountaineers who lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet. Valley of flowers also known as ‘God’s Own Garden’ is situated in Uttarakhand. The valley is covered under snow for most of the year but during summer the valley comes to life. The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is mid-August to 1st week of September, that’s when you see the valley blooming with some amazingly beautiful flowers.
We started our journey towards Valley of Flowers on 10th of August, 2019 from Delhi. After 6-7 hours of drive, we reached to Shivpuri where we took our first-night halt. By the time we reached Shivpuri, it was pretty dark so there was nothing much to do. Next morning after breakfast at the hotel we started our journey from Shivpuri to Joshimath, the bike ride was fun, the road was bumpy and we had to stop in between as there was construction work going on the road. Almost 3 hours near our destination we were stuck for almost 3 hours as there were Landslide and the entire road was blocked. We reached Joshimath around 9:00 PM where we took our second-night halt.
On the third day, we packed our trekking bag left some unwanted clothes and our bike at our hotel in Joshimath and hopped into our pre-booked cab with our guide. It was raining that day, We were dropped off by our driver at Pulna village which is 4 km from Govindghat (that’s where most of the people start their trek from). After reaching Pulna we were all set for our 10kms long trek. The trail is steep and stone-paved but lots of handmade stairs. In case you don’t want to trek you also have the option to take a helicopter ride till Ghangria or take Mule ride. The trail is amazingly beautiful as you can see many waterfall’s and the river passing by with some amazing scenic views. After a few breaks, we reached Ghangria.
Valley of Flower’s trek check post is 600-700 meters away from Ghangria. On the fourth day, we had our breakfast grabbed our packed lunch and started from Ghangria. The whole trek to for Valley of flowers is 6 km which is uphill and stone-paved. After reaching the top you can explore the valley as long as you want as the Valley of Flowers National Park is 8 km long. The trek isn’t really difficult, but it can be a little difficult for people who aren’t used to a lot of physical activity every day. You have an option of “Pitthu” on this trail Mule’s aren’t allowed in case you need one. In this trail, you will come across with a small waterfall within 15 minutes of the trek. After another 5 to 10 minutes, you will see a path of stones which leads you to a bridge beneath which Pushpavati river flows furiously, you can see the valley from this spot. After crossing this bridge, the hard part of the trek comes where you will have to gradually climb up and move ahead through the mountains. You will start noticing a few flowers and colourful shrubs on the way. I stopped 3-4 times in between, after that we came across a glacier waterfall. The path started becoming narrow and rocky but it was all worth it after we reached the entrance of the valley with a giant waterfall with a tiny bridge. After entering the valley there is only one straight path to explore, the path goes for 8 km straight which takes you to the Tipra glacier.
Once you reach the valley, you will start observing a variety of flowers in different colours, soon you start to appreciate the surroundings and relax on small rocks nearby the path. Listening to the sound of the waterfalls and the birds, surrounding yourself with flowers is an extremely amazing feeling. We were unlucky in between as it started getting foggy and we couldn’t see much but whatever we saw when the weather was clear was a real pleasure to our eyes. I loved the trek and it was a damn peaceful place, the valley is thousand times stupendous than you might have imagined. It truly makes the Himalayan peaks lively and cherishing.