Valley of Flowers - Hemkund Sahib

Haridwar Valley of Flowers Rishikesh Uttaranchal

Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Season: May to October

The Valley of Flowers, in the Garhwal Himalayas caught the attention of the world due to Frank Smyth, a famous mountaineer & explorer. He accidentally reached here during his return from Kamet Expedition in 1931. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilization, this Valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley owing its name from the River Bhyundar Ganga. The atmosphere is influenced by all kinds of mythological stories & events based on the snow-capped mountains. It is carpeted with about 500 species flowers, including the elusive Brahma Kamal (Brahma's Lotus), Cobra Lily, Himalayan Edelweiss & the ethereal Himalayan Blue Poppy. Declared a National Park in 1982, the Valley of Flowers stretches over an expanse of 87.50 sq km, an area. It steadily gained in popularity, not just among nature lovers, but also among eager trekkers over the past few years.

Duration: 08 Nights & 09 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi – Haridwar – Joshimath – Ghangaria – Valley of Flower – Hemkund Sahib – Rishikesh - Delhi

Tour Highlights
Haridwar Mansa Devi temple, Har-ki-pauri
Joshimath Joshimath
Rishikesh Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan,temples & ashrams
Valley of Flower Different species of Flowers
Hemkund Sahib Sikh Pilgrimage

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

When you will arrive at the Delhi International Airport, our representaive will be there to transfer you to the hotel for check in. Later during the day we will indulge in sightseeing tour of the city. Some of the major destinations that we will be covering today includes Qutab Minar, Red fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Parliament, and President House. In the evening we will spend time at leisure.

Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B

Day 02 Delhi – Haridwar (225 km -5 hr)

Next morning we will reach Haridwar, located on the banks of holy River Ganga (Ganges). It nestles on the foothills of the lower Himalayan Range of the Shivalik Mountains. Haridwar literally meaning ?Gateway to God? is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus.

We visit Mansa Devi temple, situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat (hill). The ropeway with bright coloured cable cars take the devotees to this hilltop temple. Later we witness a spectacular view of Ganga Aarti (collective prayer ceremony) at Har Ki Pauri. This sacred Ghat (stepped holy river bank for bathing), was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother. It is also called Brahmakund. There are various religious activities all around & we can observe various rituals performed on the Ghat.

Overnight Hotel - Haridwar.(B)

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Day 03 Haridwar – Joshimath (295 km - 10 hr)

On the 3rd day, we will drive to Joshimath on a mountainous road. This is a very scenic drive along the river Ganga & later by the river Alaknanda.

In the evening we will visit 'Jyotirmath' which is a Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Adi Guru Shankaracharya founded this peeth, which is one of the four peeths (centres) for saints and sages. It is also a halting place for the pilgrims going to Badrinath. Hindus believe Badrinath (The God Vishnu) resides here during winter.

Overnight Hotel – Joshimath (B)

Day 04 Joshimath - Ghangaria (3048 m) (22 km drive & 14 km trek - 5-6 hrs trek)

Today is the most important day of the tour, as we will drive to Govind Ghat, the starting point of 14 km trek to Ghangaria (3048 m). Ghangaria is the base from where day treks begin for Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib. From Govind Ghat, there is a gradual climb on a well-maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. So, today we start our trek to Ghangaria from this point. Evening at leisure.

Overnight Hotel - Ghangaria(B, L, D)

Day 05 Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers (5 km – 3 hr)

Next on our trekking tour comes the famous Valley of Flowers (3658 m). The Valley offers an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Brahma Kamal (Brahma's Lotus), Cobra Lily, Himalayan Edelweiss and Himalayan Blue Poppy among others. The snowclad peaks include Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) trying to touch the skyline. The valley is 10 km long, 2 km wide, & divided by the Pushpawati stream. Watch several tiny streams & waterfalls merge in a beautiful way. After enjoying the beauty of the valley we trek back to Ghangaria.

Overnight Hotel – Ghangaria(B, L, D)

Day 06 Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib (6 km – 3 hr)

After enjoying the bewitching beauty of Hemkund Sahib (4329 m), we take a steep climb alongwith many other pilgrims. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus & Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara & Lakshman temple built on the banks of the lake. In the Holy Guru Granth Sahib, the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in his previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains. This place is now recognized as Lokpal Lake at Hemkund. We visit the Lake, the Gurudwara & then trek back 6 km downhill to Ghangaria.

Overnight Hotel – Ghangaria(B, L, D)

Day 07 Ghangaria - Joshimath (14 km trek)
Today, we will trek back 14 km to Govind Ghat on an easy downhill trail in 3-4 hrs & drive back to Joshimath. On arrival we check-in the hotel & relax.

Overnight Hotel – Joshimath (B)

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Day 08 Joshimath - Rishikesh (275 km - 10 hr)

Today we will drive to Rishikesh, which is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. There is also a number of ashrams & temples giving the entire place a very spiritual atmosphere. The ceaseless flow of the river, regarded as Goddess Ganga adds to the beauty & the purity of the place. Along the river, the area is filled with thick green forests in the all-mountainous region. Rishikesh is famous for its yoga & meditation sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. It is also a popular centre for Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine system). Besides the sadhus & saints, a mass of tourists too visit this place every year. In addition to a wonderful scenery & numerous pilgrimage sites, Rishikesh is also a popular adventure sport destinations. One can choose from a plethora of options like river rafting, trekking, rock climbing and hiking.

Overnight Hotel – Rishikesh (B)

Day 09 Rishikesh – Delhi (250 km - 07 hr)

Today we will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan & other temples & ashrams. Later we will drive back to Delhi & reach by evening. On arrival transfer to airport.
Our tour concludes : Caper thanks you for your patronage & look forward serve you again in near future.

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