Valleyofflowers


11 Days Adventure to Valley Of Flower, Hemkund Saheb, Joshimath, Rishikesh, Govind Ghat, Ghangaria




A Splash of Colours; Gentle Slopes of Valleys; The Mighty Rugged Mountains; Gushing White Waters of River; Misty Atmosphere; Gush of Chilled Fresh Air; Song of Birds and a World Heritage Site.. That Valley of Flowers, Uttara Khand. Known to have highest variety of Wild Flowers flower found anywhere in the world in one valley. Here valley floors covered with carpets of flowers changes it colours every two weeks in this High Altitude Paradise.





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Group discounts for 3 persons/ 6 Persons.


Call/ SMS : M. Asif +91-9821081566 / asif@natureknights.net 


Dates:

August 10, 2012 (Friday noon) to August 20, Morning (Monday) – By Train
Or
August 11, 2012 (Saturday) to August 19, 2012 (Sunday) – By Flight or Ex. Delhi

Area: Garhwal Himalayas (Valley of Flower and Hemkund Saheb)
Duration: 11 Days. (Ex. Mumbai); 9 Days (Ex. Delhi).
Altitude: 12,654 ft to almost 16,000 ft
Grade: Moderate
Season: End June – Mid September


PlaceAltitude (meters)Distance
1Joshimath1,890252 km, 8-9 hours drive from Rishikesh
2Govindghat1,82821 km, 1 hour drive from Joshimath
3Ghangaria3,04814 Km, trek from Govindghat.
4Valley Of Flower3,352 - 3,6583 km from Ghangaria (One Way)
5Hemkund Sahib4,3295 km steep climb from Ghangria. (One Way)



Note: You have to make return trips from Ghangaria to VOF or Hemkund Sahib



Valley of Flowers

Salient Features:

UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004
Altitude: 3300 meters to 3650 meters
Flower Species: Over 500 Species
Wild Life: Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Bharal etc.
Rich Variety of Birds, Insects and Butterflies
Area: The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (Over 5000 km²)
Other Unique Feature: encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya.
Season: June to Mid September (Best Period July and August)
Region: Nanda Devi Biosphere (Uttara Khand)



Hemkund Sahib

Hemkunt Sahib or Hemkund Sahib is a pilgrimage site for Sikhs in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. With a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks and each peak is adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 15,200 ft as per the Survey of India. It is accessible only by foot from Gobindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

The sacred beautifully shaped Gurdwara near the lake is visited by large number of pilgrims from all over the world.

Hemkunt Sahib is famous for the Sikh worship-place Gurudwara, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, which finds mention in Dasam Granth, a piece of work narrated by Guru Gobind Singh Ji, Himself.

Aug 10, Fri. noon - Day 00: Mumbai – Delhi (Board Garib Rath/ Rajdhani equivalent train from Mumbai to Delhi).

Aug 11, Sat - Day 01: Delhi – Rishikesh
On arrival at railway station board pickup vehicle, drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival check into hotel. Evening free to do your own activities. Overnight stay at resort.



Aug 12, Sun - Day 02: Rishikesh - Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Devprayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening, check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay.



Joshimath: The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.



Aug 13, Mon - Day 03: Joshimath – Govindghat (22 kms/1 hrs) – Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. Which is the starting point of the trek, From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.



Aug 14, Tue - Day 04: Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers– Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting ight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula,Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, ampanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.



 Aug 15, Wed - 05: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria (6 kms one side/ 3-4 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snow capped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.



Aug 16, Thu - Day 06: Ghangaria
Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.



Aug 17, Fri - Day 07: Ghangaria – Joshimath
After an early breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival rinagar via Joshimath, Chamoli & Rudraprayag. On arrival check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.



Aug 18, Sat - Day 08: Joshimath – Rishikesh, (260 kms 7-8 hrs)
Early morning drive to Rishikesh Via Srinagar Garhwal. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.



Aug 19, Sun - Day 09: Rishikesh – Delhi - Departure
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi, upon arrival transfer to the airport/ railway station for onward connection.

Board Train for Mumbai

Aug 20, Mon - (Morning) Next Day Morning Arrival at Mumbai

The Per Person cost for the above itinerary will as per below details.

Camp Fee:
For Camp Fee and Registration call 


Group discounts for 3 persons/ 6 Persons.


Call/ SMS : M. Asif +91-9821081566 / asif@natureknights.net 


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The above cost includes
1)   Mumbai – Delhi (3 Tier AC Train Travel)
2)   Deluxe Accommodation as per the itinerary on twin sharing basis
3)   Daily breakfast:- in Rishikesh & Joshimath (4 Days)
4)   All meals:-  in Ghangria hotel. (The food would be mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental) (5 Days)
5)   Transport: Tata Indigo, Toyota Innova / Toyota Qualis /Tavera / Tempo Traveller Ex-Delhi
6)   Professional trekking guide would accompany the group from Govindhghat to Govindghat
7)   Driver allowance
8)   Toll Tax
9)   Parking
10)                All Taxes

The above cost does not include
1)   En-route meal
2)   Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
3)   Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
4)   Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
5)   Mules / Pony / Porter
6)   Any meals/services not mentioned above
7)   Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
8)   Travel insurance

Trekking equipment

1)   Trekking shoes (Preferred) or Tough Regular sports shoes Nike or Adidas
2)   One warmer (jacket or equivalent with hood)
3)   One wool shirt or sweater, Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts / One pair cotton trousers or shorts/  One pair shorts or calf-length skirt for women/  Three pairs of regular underwear, Long underwear - thermal or wool / Wind- and rain-gear with hood,
4)   Cotton socks 4 pair
5)   Personal first-aid kit including medication for common ailments
6)   Flashlight with extra batteries, Sun Hat, Sunglasses / Two Water bottles, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one liter capacity / Pocket knife, / Camera, / Note book with pens and pencils /Water Proof or Plastic Sacks for - small size for books, film etc.,
7)   Bags –
Larger backpack for clothes / Sun screen lotion / Personal toiletries and a Day Bag for Daily Trekking use (Carrying Water; Woollens, Camera etc).

More About Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, nestled high in West Himalaya, is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (Over 5000 km²).[1] This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.

The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu religion for much longer. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned.

The Valley of Flowers is splashed with colour as it bloomed with hundreds of different flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site. The locals, of course, always knew of the existence of the valley, and believed that it was inhabited by fairies.
The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and trekkers.

The Valley of Flowers is internationally important on account of its diverse alpine flora, representative of the Western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows ecoregion. The rich diversity of species reflects the valley's location within a transition zone between the Zaskar and Great Himalayas ranges to the north and south, respectively, and between the Eastern Himalaya and Western Himalaya flora. A number of plant species are internationally threatened, several have not been recorded from elsewhere in Uttarakhand and two have not been recorded in Nanda Devi National Park. The diversity of threatened species of medicinal plants is higher than has been recorded in other Indian Himalayan protected areas. The entire Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve lies within the Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area (EBA). Seven restricted-range bird species are endemic to this part of the EBA.

The Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1982. This part of Uttarakhand, in the upper reaches of Garhwal, is inaccessible through much of the year. The area lies on the Zanskar range of the Himalayas with the highest point in the national park being Gauri Parbat at 6,719 m above sea level.

1 comment:

  1. SIR I WOILD LIKE TO VISIT UTTARAKHAND BUT IS THR ANY LOW COST PACKAGE FOR TWIN SHARING BASIS PLZ LET ME KNOW

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