VALLEY OF FLOWERS
The Valley of the flowers is one of the Natural wonders of the world,and recently it has been inscribed as world heritage site, the Alpine Valley nestles at the feet of majestic snowpeaks. This carpet of flowers 10 kms in length and 12 kms in width is the abode of gods. During the rains the entire Valley is transformed into a natural garden with an innumerable variety of alpine flowers.
At the altitude of 3,500 meters to 4,000 meters, this valley has snow lakes and glaciers, all now preserved as national park. Nestled high in the West Himalaya, India's Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. 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, which was already inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. With this extension the site will be known as Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park
Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, 319 kms.
Rail :The nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 289 kms.
Road : The last major city is Govindghat, 19kms from Badrinath. From here, the Ghangharia entrance point is 13 kms. To this point the road is motorable. After which the trekking starts, giving you the feel of what you will discover at the end
The trek starts from Govindghat (17km), on the way to Badrinath having two major gradients. One initially from Alaknanda and the other from Bhyundarto Ghanghria.
Route: Govindghat, Ghangharia, Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers,Badrinath, Rishikesh.Walk through the majestic valley, cross the hill streams and rivers accompanied by butterflies, birds, Himalayan bear,leopards and musk deer.