Trek across a valley laid with a carpet of diverse, colorful, alpine flora for more than 10 kilometers, including some of the rarest species like Blue Primula, Calendula, Poppies, Wild Orchids, Morina Longifolia, etc.
Experience the Valley of Flowers, a famous UNESCO World Heritage site, situated at 14,400 feet/4390 meters
Hike the uphill climb to Hemkund Sahib, where you gain almost 4000 feet in a span of 6 kilometers
Immerse yourself in a bird’s eye view of the landscape scenery, including Ghangaria and the Valley of Flowers
Enjoy a remarkable journey to the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and witness the origin of the Pushpawati River
Soak in the quietness of the lake at Hemkund Sahib and take a dip into the chilling waters with temperatures as low as -3 degrees celsius
The nearest airport from the hub is Jolly Grant, located in Dehradun. This airport enjoys good connectivity with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi NCR. It also has direct flights to Mumbai and connecting flights to various other cities in India. From Jolly Grant, you need to rent a cab …
The nearest airport from the hub is Jolly Grant, located in Dehradun. This airport enjoys good connectivity with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi NCR. It also has direct flights to Mumbai and connecting flights to various other cities in India. From Jolly Grant, you need to rent a cab or take a bus to reach Rishikesh, which is just 35 kilometers away. If you are traveling via train, you can get down at the Rishikesh railway station. You need to reach the Rishikesh railway station via train from the Haridwar railway station. There is excellent railway connectivity from major Indian cities to Haridwar. Alternatively, you can get down at Haridwar railway station and drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh has a massive network of motorable roads, connected to major North-Indian cities like New Delhi, Dehradun and Haridwar. While you get the Uttarakhand state transport buses from Dehradun and Haridwar, there are also options of daily inter-state night-bus service from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, New Delhi.
Rishikesh acts as the hub for numerous adventure activities that spread across Uttarakhand and other parts of Northern India. Hence, finding accommodation in Rishikesh is a cakewalk. There is a wide range of accommodation options for Rishikesh. These include luxury and boutique hotels that usually have a high star-rating, guesthouses, …
Rishikesh acts as the hub for numerous adventure activities that spread across Uttarakhand and other parts of Northern India. Hence, finding accommodation in Rishikesh is a cakewalk. There is a wide range of accommodation options for Rishikesh. These include luxury and boutique hotels that usually have a high star-rating, guesthouses, backpackers’ hostels, standard hotels, homestays, etc. According to your choice of accommodation, the price per night will vary. It ranges from USD 7 to 10 (INR 500 – 800) for hostels having dormitories and decent homestays. Standard hotels and guesthouses charge a little more, approximately USD 15 to 30 (INR 1000 – 2400) per night. The luxury hotels, boutique hotels and other high star-rated options have a per night price tag of USD 100 (INR 7500) and more. Of course, all these prices will vary according to your choice of add-ons and amenities. The prices will soar in the peak tourist season and it will also be hard to get an accommodation without prior booking. But traveling with a renowned tour operator or travel agency keeps you covered against those uncertainties. Apart from these pricey options, there are several GMVN resorts, guesthouses and tourist complexes that are relatively inexpensive but deliver quality amenities.
The legendary popularity of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most compelling reasons to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. This popularity stems from the intoxicating mix of fragrances arising from some of the rarest Himalayan flora as well as the calm, quaint lake nestled at the height of 14,400 meters.
The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Trek opens for the public on 1st June each year. The national park remains open from the month of June to October. Though the Valley starts transforming into its beautiful self from May, with June and September being the peak months attracting tourists, July and August are the months where the flora bloom. Hence, you will find the Valley of Flowers to be highly alluring during these months, with beautiful and rare flowers growing all around.
It is advised to start early from Ghangaria when you are entering the Valley of Flowers. Since it is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site, you need to enter your names in the register, pay the required entry fees, and declare all plastic items you are carrying along with you. The Valley of Flowers opens for tourists at 7:00 am each day, and the latest entry is allowed till 2:00 pm. It is recommended to start back by 1:00 pm so that you can reach your campsite or lodge by 5:00-6:00 pm.
You should always carry extra pairs of socks, ponchos or raincoats, a torch, and spare batteries for your camera while trekking the Valley of Flowers. The weather above 3500 meters is quite unpredictable, and hence you should do careful research before embarking on this trek. Take note of the weather and the road conditions, particularly during the monsoon season.
This depends on your itinerary in the Valley of Flowers. However, to fully experience the majesty and beauty of this region, a typical itinerary is between 5-6 days. The first and final days are usually spent travelling to and from the valley, and then you have 3-4 action-packed days in-between to explore this area.
The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Trek is not considered a particularly tough adventure. On average it has a low to medium difficulty rating. In terms of physical activity, you will need a decent level of fitness, and walking experience is also beneficial. The hiking trails are not particularly difficult; however, you will cover a decent distance of up to 13km on some days.