National Parks in Uttarakhand

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National Parks in Uttarakhand

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  • chandrassekhar
    Mumbai, India114 contributions
    How to Reach: Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh to Govindghat via Joshimath, by
    road. The distance is around 300 km and takes around 10-12 hours
    depending on road and traffic conditions. One can take night halt at
    Joshimath or Govindghat. From Govindghat to Pulna village is nearly 5
    km and shared sumo is available which costs Rs. 200 per head or
    Rs.500/600 for full vehicle. From Pulna village it is around 10 km on foot
    or one can take horse ride which costs between Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1800
    per person or one can go by pitthu (man carrying you on back).
    Depending on the mode of Travel it takes 2 hours to six hours. The last
    4 and half kilometer is too steep. So one need to be mentally prepared
    for the same and the road is paved with stone which tends to slip
    during rain. Then you reach Ghangria. Night halt at Ghangria. From
    Ghangria one can leave in the morning for Valley of flowers ( Phoolon
    Ki Ghati). The gate opens at 7 in the morning and the entry fee is Rs.
    150 per head. This entry pass is valid for three days. Thus one can
    enter the park three consecutive days by buying one pass of Rs.150.
    From the gate the valley is 3 km trek and once again it is a steep trek.

    Altitude : Govindghat is at 6000 feet, Ghangria is at 10000 feet and valley of
    flowers is at around 12000 feet and Hemkund Shahib is at 15000 feet.
    Valley of flowers is over two and half kilometer spread.

    Time to Visit: The best time to visit valley of flowers is in the month of July. Though it
    will be raining but one can get to see the valley at its best. From mid
    August the flowers will start dropping and by September middle, it will
    be all over.

    What to carry: As the time to visit is peak monsoon, so one must have a good rain
    coat, a good trekking shoe, cap rather a hat will be better, sunscreen
    lotion is must otherwise skin will burn due to strong UV rays. One should
    preferably carry mosquito/insect repellent cream as all hotels are
    infested with insects. Ghangria is normally warm during day time but
    after evening the temperature starts falling rapidly. So one should
    carry warm cloths accordingly. Day temperature hovers around 12-
    18/19 but the night temperature goes down to even 5/6 degree
    centigrade.

    Mobile Connection: Only Jio has a mobile tower, rest no other service provider has
    any tower. Hence except Jio and on rare occasion one can get Airtel
    connectivity. Rest no other mobile network is available there. Secondly,
    only two/three hotels provide Wi-Fi connection, rest majority of the
    hotels do not provide Wi-Fi facility.

    Guide: Valley of flowers has over 520 types of plants and of those nearly 500
    are flowering plants. So it is always advisable to have a proper good
    guide who knows the flowers and its characteristics. Though there are
    many but hardly few who are from Ghangria. I was lucky to come
    across two such local guides who are exceptionally good in their
    knowledge and equally good companion. One is Eshwar
    (+91 9458927294) and the other one is Rupesh (+91 7579000228).

    The Valley: If one wants to see maximum no of flowers then one day is not
    enough. In any way the entry-pass allows one to enter three
    consecutive days inside the valley. Though it may be physically
    strenuous to trek three days continuously but it can be cherishing
    experience if one can do. I could do two days. Secondly, the more one
    goes higher altitude from valley one can see more rare flowers. The
    higher the altitude the more beautiful and rare flowers. Like
    Bramhakamal and Blue Poppy can be seen more, near Hemkund
    Shahib. Kunth Khal which is in the range of 3700 – 4500 mtr, has to be
    trekked further from Valley of Flowers. The flowers which can be seen
    in Kunth Khal are not available in the valley nor around Hemkund
    Shahib. So if anyone really wants to enjoy and feel the beauty of this
    heaven in earth then one must go between mid July to first week of
    August and spend 7/8 days based at Ghangria and trek different
    routes to explore the entire valley in totality. But I must say, every
    nature lover must go once in his life to see this beautiful gift of mother
    nature to India. Please don’t miss it.
    Written 16 December 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Samik Banerjee
    Bareilly, India10 contributions
    Good three hours wild life and nature experience. Lots of elephant , deer , birds , Sambhar and yes not lucky to get Tiger/leopard. Safari arranged by Dr Chaturbhuj Mundotiya park official . Mobile Nine nine eight two nine zero seven one three zero. Good exciting memories of the mother elephant shooing on our jeep.. Driver was expert he move on timely.
    Written 12 April 2021
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  • Happiness31737688298
    3 contributions
    We went on the ski lift with my grandparents up to the nanda Devi park. there are sprawling greens, the ski lift is safe and very enjoyable. However, there was a problem with the power that day and we were stuck on the way there in midair for about 5-7 minutes, and had to wait around 15 minutes to be able to go back.
    Written 3 November 2018
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  • amit j
    New Delhi, India120 contributions
    This place can’t be described in words you must visit yourself and trek to Gomukh is must...try to trek and not use mule if you are capabele..
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • trilochansaini
    Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia670 contributions
    The view around the Dikala forest rest house was incredible. We had tried to get a room there but could not get. However we visited the rest house to get a feel of the sorrounding
    Written 23 January 2022
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  • Ma Na
    Ambala, India254 contributions
    My eyes fluttered open to the darkness around me and my heart skipped a beat as I heard something jump and scuttle on the tin roof above my head. I smiled as I remembered where I was. It was 2 a.m. and I was in the forest guest house at the Dhela Zone in Corbett National Park.
    I was lying awake listening to the racket caused by all night animals. Their voices merged together to give the forest its voice. Now that I was awake the events of the last day, evening safari flashed in my mind.
    We started off in our Gypsy in full spirits. Wearing hats, goggles and carrying our binoculars and water bottles and switching on our ‘Dora the explorer’ mode we started our journey.
    Our guide cum driver started to brief up on the history of the park and current wildlife available here. “The reserve is divided into four zones and you will get a chance to visit at least 3 of them'', he said, “Corbett is the home to four big cats: The Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard and the Fishing Cat. The Tiger is the king of this region and the other felines crouch in tree tops away from his sharp eyes.”
    I let my ears listen to him and allowed my eyes to take in the beautiful scenery. Tall trees towered on both sides of the narrow road. Below them a blanket of yellow orange dried leaves covered the ground. Sunlight pierced through the thicket occasionally.
    I saw a wild rooster run in the trees and then the driver called our attention. “There are few rules of the forest.” He began, “the first being you all need to be really quiet (this earned a groan from my younger brother) and the second being you need to listen to the forest because it's impossible to see every creature in it but it's easier to follow their unique calls.”
    So, as we plunged deeper into the reserve and I powered up my ears to take in frequencies as low as 20 Hz also. That’s when I realized that listening to the forest was even better than seeing. So many birds were shrieking and calling out through the treetops. The sudden loud chatter of monkeys or the sharp bark of the barking deer. The rustle and crunching of leaves as a random animal crossed by were musical in their own way.
    Then our guide shut off the engine of our Gypsy and whispered, “Can you hear it?” all that I can hear now were fat honey bees buzzing about my head and not being a big fan of them anymore I tried to shoo them off.
    The guide continued, “These monkeys on that tree are chattering incessantly. This is a call.” I asked, “Call?”
    He replied, “Tiger is the key predator when he sets foot in any area animals like monkeys, langurs, peacock climb on tree tops and give call to caution the prey. The tiger is hidden somewhere here only.”
    I excitedly started to scan every bush for a blur of orange. My father said, “Better sharpen your ears kids.” Our guide said, “You won’t hear anything sir, a tiger’s padded feet don’t make any noise even on dried leaves.”
    Now using all my eye power, I gazed avidly. I saw something yellow so I gazed back at that spot after searching once again I found a pair of two yellow eyes staring at me.
    It had to be the tiger or was it just the sun playing tricks. I called the driver and asked him to look there. He glanced but denied my speculation. Having nowhere to look at I returned to gazing at that spot. Finally, after waiting for a long time and seeing the other Gypsies arrive, we decided to move on.
    Our guide tried to cheer us up and said, “Out of a100 times, you see the tiger only once but it sees you 99 times.”
    This sent a shiver down my spine, the entire forest reminded me of the movie ‘Kaal’. With tall trees looming on either side and the sinister noises from the foliage. Indeed, forests are ideal places for horror movie shoots.
    We then reached a pond and had fun watching the elephants take a bath and even saw a few tuskers crossing the road up close.
    Written 20 April 2022
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