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Valley of Flowers National Park
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

Valley of Flowers is a wonderful place to visit. The bloom is at their peak in monsoons but travelling can be quite risky at that time.
Reach Govindghat from 10-12 hours of travel from Rishikesh, there are multiple stay options available there. Leave next day for Pulna which is some 20 min drive away from Govindghat. From Pulna start trek to Ghangaria or one may take mules. There is a Gurudwara and many basic stay options available at Ghangaria. This is a starting point for pilgrimage route of Hemkund Sahib.
As this is UNESCO heritage site, mules are not available, but palkis are available for the valley.
Each month has different bloom and apart from flowers there are many himalayan trees and birds which can be sighted along the way.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JustAnotherLass
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

The route to the Valley of Flowers starts at Gobindghat. There is a road from Govindghat up to Pulna (about 3 kms.) and the 10 kms. trek to Ghangaria starts there. From Ghangaria to the Gate of the Valley of Flowers is about 2 kms. From there the actual valley is 4 to 5 kms.

Weather permitting, one can take a helicopter from Gobindghat to Ghangaria, the cost is about 3000 per passenger; each passenger is allowed 5 kgs. of baggage. There is no advance booking. The service is run by Air Deccan.

Alternately, go from Govindghat to Pulna in a taxi (300 or so); and either take a pony, or walk to Ghangaria.

If you are trekking from Pulna, the road is paved but the climb is somewhat steep; one goes from an altitude of around 6500 ft. at Pulna to 10000 ft . at Ghangaria. There are Dhabas along the way, but also a lot of crap of the ponies. There are sweepers appointed to keep the track clean, they try, but clearly their effort is not enough. It also does not help that they also ask for money from passers by.

Ponies from Pulna to Ghangaria (one way) cost around 800; ponies are not allowed into the Valley, but porters who have a bucket seat on their back to seat an individual are available at a cost of about 1500 one way from Ghangaria to the Valley.

There is a Gurdwara at Gobindghat which offers rooms at very reasonable rates: contact the Office Manager at 7579006947. They also have a Cloak Room if you want to leave behind some heavy baggage. And there is a Gurdwara at Ghangaria too, offering reasonably priced accommodation.

There are no eateries along the way from Ghangaria to the Valley, carry your own water and some snacks such a dry fruits to keep you going. One has to leave the Valley by 5pm, so people generally start early.

The trek to the Valley is not easy. An earlier track, which was more level was washed away in 2012 or 2013. The present track is narrow, steep and has loosely placed rocks, which means you have to watch every step carefully.

There is an entry fee of 300 Rupees, and the entry Ticket is valid for 3 days.
Flowers vary by season; we had gone at the end of August; we were not disappointed, but not overwhelmed either!

If you have a good guide, he will give you a wealth of information about the flowers.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Motumotu
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

After this trek I believe my journey to Himalayas just started.... Description about the valley of flowers is just beyound words ....can't say it in one or two words ....For that you need to go there and experience it ....At some point you may even think whether its dream or reality .....such a wonderful scenic valley.....
But make sure that you are fit to do the trek ....carry trekking basic equipments ,be aware of chances of acute mountain sickness , unpredicted rain, .....etc etc...while preparing your itinerary keep an extra day at Ghangaria...because there are chances of prohibiting the entry to VOF trek if the climate is bad for the day .... and the entry pass is valid for 3 days....

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank ThAnUsHaNaVaS
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

valley of flowers is a beautiful alpine meadow. one day is enough. Strenuous trek but well worth it. Go to the river bed. Hemkund Sahib- long trek. Hats off to the Gurudwara team for providing a hot meal to all the visitors (aim to reach by 1300). Lovely flowers and nature at its best all along.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lakshmimalinip
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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Valley of flowers is the well known attractive place. Your love for mountains is incomplete if you haven't visited this scenic valley once. We started our trip from Delhi, reached Badrinath and stayed one night then we stayed for one night in Ghangharia next day. We started the trekking at 8 am in morning. You'll have to pay nominal fee per individual and refundble security amount depends on the quantity of plastic material that you are carrying. If you are not returning with the same quantity of plastic then your money will not be refunded. The trekking is steep and can't be possible for the person having health issues. The straight way towards up will make you tired. This eill take approx 4 to 5 hours to enter in the valley. Once you entered the valley, the fragrance of flowers will quickly give you releif from tiredness. Valley in itself is 4-5 KMS inside and there are many points to enjoy the views. The clouds will be touching your head sometime.

Overall an awesome trek this was and will recommend atleast once for those who beleive in travel n trekking.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank safarnamastudio
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