FOOTHILLS OF HIMALAYAS WITH VALLEY OF FLOWERS
Uttarakhand Himalayas has the major chunk of Indian Himalayas. Remained underdeveloped for a long time the area is still in its primitive form and has vast areas of pure wilderness. Uttarakhand (Garhwal &Kumaon), harbouring many snow covered peaks above 6,500 meters, is an excellent destination for trekkers and mountaineers. Trekking in the different valleys of pure wilderness, harbouring different cultures offer a chance to have a close encounter with outstanding views of greater Himalayan range, alpine meadows, rare high-altitude flora and fauna, the lifestyle of the mountain people, their settlement patterns, dress, dialect, Jewellery and other things.
Of all the Himalayan meadows and flower valleys, nothing compares to Garhwal's unique rock garden, the Valley of Flowers, full of the most fascinating, fabulous, and rich variety of flowering herbs. According to the legends, the Valley of Flowers has been associated spiritually with the name of 'Hanuman’, the legendary hero of Ramayana, the great Indian epic.
First brought to limelight in 1931 when Frank Smythe, a British naturalist and mountaineer, who after scaling Kamet peak, stumbled upon it by chance. Later on, Smythe, assisted by England’s eminent botanist R. L. Holdsworth, explored the valley extensively. Now, to restore the natural balance and conserve this natural heritage, the Valley of Flowers and its environs are declared as Pushpavati National Park. Enjoy the trip exploring the famous Valley of Flowers and Hemkund, one of the finest high altitude Himalayan lakes in the region with visit to Badrinath, the most important pilgrimage for Hindus in India and visit Mana, the last Indian settlement towards Tibet.
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Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01: Delhi
Day 02: Delhi
Day 03: Delhi – Rishikesh (245 Kms – 4½ Hrs)
Day 04: Rishikesh – Pipal Koti (220 Kms – 7 Hrs)
Day 05: Pipal Koti – Joshimath – Govind Ghat (57 kms drive) – Ghangaria (13 Kms Trek)
Day 06: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (4 Kms / 2½ Hrs each side)
Day 07: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (6 Kms / 3-4 Hrs each side)
Day 08: Ghangaria – Govindghat (13 Kms trek down) – Badrinath (26 Kms – 1 Hr)
Day 09: Badrinath – Rudraprayag (160 Kms – 6 Hrs)
Day 10: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (140 Kms – 5 Hrs)
Day 11: Rishikesh
Day 12: Rishikesh – Delhi (245 Kms – 4½ Hrs)
Day 13: Delhi