The trip starts by reaching Rishikesh from Delhi.

For logistic reasons everybody seems to pass through Delhi. It is followed by an 11 hrs bus journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath. Then, 1 hr bus ride from Joshimath to Govindghat. Then comes the 14 km trek from Govindghat to Ghangria, along the river Lakshman Ganga. This is the most difficult, but also an enjoyable part of the trip. From the base camp Ghangria, the Valley of Flowers is a 3 km climb, where one has to go daily and come back the same day. The satellite picture below can give a reasonable idea about the location and the route.

Approximate prices (2009)
Delhi-Rishikesh by bus: 170 Delhi-Dehradoon by AC bus: 280 Delhi-Haridwar by Jan Shatabdi: 400 Rishikesh-Joshimath by shared Sumo: (basically Rs 1.15 per km) 300 Rishikesh: 2-bed hotel room 600-900 Joshimath: 2-bed hotel room 630 (GMVN guesthouse) Ghangria: 2-bed hotel room (varies on the demand) 700-1200 Joshimath/Ghangria: 3 people having a meal 200 Porter from Govindghat to Ghangria 450 At Ghangria, all packaged items are double the marked price: A Rs 20 Pepsi costs Rs 40.

Suggested trip plan: Day 01: Delhi-Rishikesh (230 Kms) Take a bus from ISBT. 1 hour drive from Joshimath 3 Ghangria 3. Return back to Ghangria. Lunch enroute in Rudraprayag. 4 Valley Of Flower 3. altitudes and distances: Place Altitude (meters) Distance 1 Joshimath 1. It has an imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Govind Singh. Rivers Pushpawati and Hem Ganga meet here to form Lakshman will need all the energy you can muster. leave for Govindghat . Day 03 : Joshimath-Govindghat-Ghangria (25 Kms drive + 14 kms trek) After an early breakfast. trek from Govindghat. Alternatively. Day 04: Ghangria . the better it is. No AC buses to Rishikesh.Places. Govindghat is the confluence of Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga Rivers. . It is one of the 'maths' established by Adi guru Shankaracharya. leave for Valley of flowers with packed lunch. Return back to Ghangria.Ghangria (7+ km trek) After well before leaving . The bus takes about 6 hours. which a holy place for the sikhs. Overnight stay at Rishikesh. Overnight stay at Joshimath. Day 02: Rishikesh-Joshimath (250 Kms) After breakfast leave for Joshimath. Overnight stay at Ghangria. and take a shared Sumo from there to Rishikesh (45 mins). leave for Hemkund with packed lunch.a must see for all nature lovers. Haridwar and Rishikesh are close by. Joshimath is the winter home of Sri Badrinathji. Ghangria is the base camp for treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund. take one of the many trains to Haridwar.048 14 Km.828 21 km. Delhi in the morning.352 .329 5 km steep climb from Ghangria.658 3 km from Ghangria 5 Hemkund 4. where lodging and boarding facilities are available. 8-9 hours drive from Rishikesh 2 Govindghat 1. It is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. Thereafter 14 km trek to Ghangria. You can take an AC bus to Dehradun. Hemkund Sahib. The earlier you leave.Valley of flowers . and then take a bus to Rishikesh.890 252 km. Here flowerful pastures with clear running streams are set against silver birches and shining snow peaks . and has a gurdwara. Day 05 : Ghangria-Hemkund (5 Kms steep climb) After breakfast. Overnight stay at Ghangria Hemkund is a beautiful lake at a breathtaking altitude of 4.300 m. Overnight stay at Ghangria High in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal hills of Uttaranchal lies an enchanted valley.

Overnight stay at Rishikesh. take a shared Sumo to Joshimath. 700-900 double-room.J. Lots of other places with varying prices. Day 07: Joshimath . 2. Serve good food. Cheaper ones also available. Best place to stay. 5540513): Walking distance from bus stand. Excellent value for money. Rs 630 for basic. . 1150 hut. Double-room 1000 (AC). Akash Ganga (2430870.Rishikesh (250 kms) Early morning leave for Rishikesh by shared Sumo. Rs. Rs.Day 06 : Ghangria-Govindghat-Joshimath (14 km downhill trek + 1 hr drive) Start after breakfast and trek to Govindghat. double-rooms. 700 (Non-AC). only tea. Rs 180 per bed dormitory. Comfort (9897144495. 9758610841): Bang next to the bus stand. Good value for money. Many other places very close-by.Delhi (230 kms) Early morning leave for Delhi by bus. excellent rooms. not very good but okay for one night. Ghangria 1. clean. Book online 2. Day 08: Rishikesh . Hotel M.Rs 1200 deluxe. 2. Old big rooms. Places to stay Rishikesh 1. GMVN guesthouse: Double-rooms . Lunch on the way. GMVN guesthouse: In the upper bazar. From Govindghat. 2430451. Overnight stay at Joshimath. brand new. Will be fully booked in the peak season. Joshimath 1. They don't serve food. Rs 850 economy rooms.

Arrival at Joshimath by evening.Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs) After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. established by Adi Shankaracharya. devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here. Joshimath: The religious centre. which he called Jyotirmath. devotees from all over the country flock here in their thousands to perform "Poojas" or prayers. Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty. Day01): Day 01: Arrival at Delhi Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for overnight stay. In the tradition of Bhagirath. Dinner & overnight stay.Govindghat (22 kms/1 hrs) . Lunch enroute. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. HEMKUND SAHIB: The pilgrim centre of the Sikh's high in the Himalayas. According to legend. Enjoy the hospitality of a local village here. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Haridwar: Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria.Valley Of Flowers . Explore the surroundings in the evening. Round the year. Day03): Haridwar .Haridwar (205 kms/5-6 hrs). In the evening visit "Har Ki peri" for Aarti ceremony. praying for the salvation of their ancestors. Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. AULI: A popular winter Ski resort. check into the hotel. PAURI : A small hill station with serene surroundings.Valley of Flowers Trekking Tour Haridwar & Rishikesh: The two holy towns of the Hindu's. From here the holy river Ganges started. Day02): New Delhi . Renowned for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" which appears Every 12 years and the enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri" which captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps floating down the Ganges this town has been distinguished for centuries in the Indian society. The Hemkund lake is dominated by the colossal Hathi Parbat (peak). Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel.Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs) . Apart from its obvious religious importance. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar.Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs) After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. Auli offers spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas. Which is the starting point of the trek.centres of ' Vedic' learning and Yoga & Meditation. later came to be known as Joshimath. Day04): Joshimath . The holy city of Haridwar is home to some of the most sacred Hindu rituals. Day05): Ghangaria .

Day08): Joshimath . Campanula. Bistorta. Day09): Haridwar . Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel. Lilium. Dinner and over night stay at the hotel. Lunch enroute. Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. After lunch drive to Delhi airport. Potentilla. Thermo. and is divided by the Pushpawati stream. Epilobium. Day06): Hemkund-Ghanghria After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel. Ligularia. Braham kamal.psis. Corydalis. Strawberry.After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Impatiens. Prinula. Cypripedium. Morina. Rest of the day is free to explore the area. In the Sikh holy book. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.Haridwar Early morning drive to Haridwar with packed breakfast.Govind Ghat . into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. One can also visit Auli in the evening. he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Sibbaldia. Day07): Ghangaria . Marsh marigold.Delhi After an early breakfast visit Har ki peri. This is quite a steep climb. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. The Granth Sahib. Geum. Ranunculus. 2 kms wide. . Anaphalis. Inula. The valley is 10 kms long. the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life. Trollius. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium. Pedicularis. Asters. Arisaema. Arrive Haridwar by evening.Joshimath After breakfast trek down to reach Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into the hotel. Dactylorhiza. Saxifrages. Codonopsis.

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