Valley of flowers national park

by - December 09, 2017

Day 1: Hyderabad to Haridwar

I took a morning flight from Hyderabad to Delhi. I then took an afternoon train to Haridwar. It took 5 hours to reach Haridwar. I checked into a hotel close to the railway station and stayed the night.

Day 2: Haridwar to Joshimath

The Haridwar bus stand is very close to the railway station, and from here you easily get buses to Joshimath. However, there are only early morning buses, so you will have to start early. I took a bus at 5 A.M. and reached Joshimath by 3 P.M. I checked into a hotel and stayed overnight at Joshimath.

Day 3: Joshimath to Ghangaria

I checked out and started early in the morning. Since I was planning to return to the same hotel after the trek, I left my luggage there and carried only the things essential for the 3-day trek. I took a jeep to Govind Ghat from the local taxi stand. From Govind Ghat, you need to take another jeep to Pulna, which is the starting point of the trek. From here, it is a 10 km trek uphill, to Ghangaria. I started the trek around 9 A.M. and reached Ghangaria by around 2 P.M. Most part of the route is dotted with frequent stalls from where you can get water and food, and the trek route is pretty clear throughout. After checking into a hotel at Ghangaria, I took a stroll to a nearby waterfall, which was less than a kilometer away. I spent some time there before retiring for the day.

Day 4: Valley of flowers

I got some food packed for lunch and left my room early in the morning. The check-post to the valley opens at 7A.M., so make sure you reach on time to make the most of the day (The entry point is about a kilometer from Ghangaria). It is a unidirectional (except for a small detour to the Legge’s memorial grave) trek with a clear trail that you can do on your own. There are no stalls in this route, so go prepared. Camping inside the valley is not allowed since it has an exit time of 5.30 P.M. An average person should be easily able to make it till the Pushpavati riverbed and back to the gate on time, covering a total of about 12 km.

Day 5: Hemkund Sahib

I got some food packed and started early towards Hemkund Sahib. This trek route is also dotted with frequent stalls throughout. It is a steep 7 km climb one way, to the Gurudwara situated on the banks of a scenic lake. There is no place to stay at the top. After spending some time by the lake, I returned back to my room in Ghangaria and retired for the day.

Day 6: Ghangaria to Joshimath; Auli

I checked out from my hotel at about 6 A.M. and started trekking back to Pulna. This is the same trail that one takes from Pulna to Ghangaria but climbing down was easier and I reached Pulna by 9 A.M. I then took a jeep to Govind Ghat and then another one to my hotel at Joshimath. After checking in and having lunch, I left for Auli. I took the ropeway from Joshimath to Auli. After spending some time at Auli, I returned back to Joshimath by ropeway again.

Day 7: Joshimath to Rishikesh

I checked out early and took a bus to Rishikesh. There are only early morning buses available, so you will need to start early. I took a bus at 5.30 A.M. and reached Rishikesh by 3.30 P.M. I checked into a hotel and rested for the day.

Day 8: Rishikesh

Monsoon is off season at Rishikesh, so none of the adventure activities were open. I rented a two-wheeler from one of the many bike rentals available and spent the day at Beetles ashram, Ganga view cafes, Laman Jhula, and Neergarh waterfalls.

Day 9: Rishikesh to Hyderabad

I checked out from the hotel and took a cab to Dehradun. I then flew back to Hyderabad via Delhi.

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