Places to visit near Valley of Flowers

A detailed article to explain the Places to visit near Valley of Flowers

Valley of flowers requires almost a week’s time from Haridwar and a minimum of 10 days from your home in most of the cases. So it becomes very important to know the other places to be seen in the nearby area on your trip. There are some important but commonly skipped places in the area.

Everyone who is coming for valley of flowers trip either a nature lover or a photographer. There are some pilgrim destinations in the area which these nature lovers tend to skip being not so religious. This is the most common mistake they do. Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath are these destinations and both of them are in the heart of beautiful mountains, waterfalls, rivers and much more.

List of Places to visit near Valley of Flowers

  1. Hemkund Sahib
  2. Ghangaria
  3. Badrinath
  4. Mana
  5. Vasudhara Falls
  6. Auli

Places to see near Valley of flowers : Badrinath

Badrinath is just 25 km from Govindghat and the road journey from Govindghat to Badrinath is very thrilling and exiting. You will see lot of beautiful and very high waterfalls on your journey from Govindghat to Badrinath. Badrinath is on the bank of river Alaknanda. It has world famous temple of God Vishnu. There is a hot water spring near the temple. You can trek from Badrinath to Charan Paduka from Badrinath. It is a very beautiful trek. In the morning do not forget to see Neelkanth Peak in true golden color.

Mana Village : Mana is a very small hamlet just 3 kilometer from Badrinath. It has lot of historical and mythological importance. You can see starting Point of Saraswati River which is very beautiful scene to watch and a geographical miracle when the whole river comes out of one tunnel and nothing is scene at the back. It is a must watch for every nature lover. You can also see Ganesh Gufa and Vayash Gufa along with Keshav Prayag. It is confluence of river Alaknanda and Saraswati. You can also buy woolens made by locals.

Vasudhara Falls :

Very beautiful falls near Badrinath and the trek to Vasudhara Falls starts from Mana Village. The trek is 6 kilometer one side and not very steep. You need one full day for this trek. You will see lot of beautiful flowers on your way to falls. The water in these falls fall from 13200 feet to 12700 feet (Google earth). It is believed if water droplets fall on you, you are very lucky. The trek further goes to Satopanth and Swargarohini.

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers  : Vasudhara Falls near Badrinath. The yellow flowers are Potentilla (वज्रदन्ती )

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers : Vasudhara Falls near Badrinath. The yellow flowers are Potentilla (वज्रदन्ती )

Hemkund Sahib :

Hemkund Sahib is a must visit on your trek to Valley of Flowers. The trek to Hemkund Sahib starts from Ghangaria itself and the first 300 meters are common for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. The trek is very steep and you can hire a pony also. You will be trekking from 10200 feet to 13500 feet in a trek of 6 km. You can see lot of beautiful flowers at Hemkund Sahib you are going there from July to August. If you going there is the month of June you will see huge glaciers and snow everywhere.

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers  : Hemkund Sahib, you can see Neelkanth Peak near Badrinath.

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers : Hemkund Sahib, you can see Neelkanth Peak near Badrinath.

Auli :

Auli is a very beautiful and is famous for its alpine meadows. But it is also famous for its skiing slopes. But you will be visiting Valley of Flowers in summer so you will not see snow at Auli. Still if you have time you can go to Auli using ropeway from Joshimath.

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers  : Auli

Places to visit near Valley of Flowers : Auli

Ghangaria :

Ghangaria is the base camp for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek. You can trek to Helipad grounds and go to deep forests near Ghangaria. If you love bird photography you can do so near the streams and in forest. You can also see some Himalayan Black Bear in the forest if you are lucky.

Devprayag, Confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi

Devprayag

Prayag means confluence of rivers. Devprayag (देव प्रयाग) is the confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. River Bhagirathi originates from Gangotri and Alaknanda originates from Satopanth Glacier near Badrinath. Generally water of river Bhagirathi is clear and green in color
Ghangaria Village

Ghangaria

Ghangaria is a small village situated at a height of 10200 feet is a valley surrounded by huge almost 90 degree peaks. These peaks range from 13500 feet to 16000 feet. Ghangaria is accessible only for 6 months in a
Kalpavriksha (कल्पवृक्ष) or wish fulfilling tree at Joshimath. It is believed to be 2500 years old.

Joshimath

Joshimath is a small town in Garhwal region of Chamoli District in the state of Uttrakhand, India. It is situated at a height of 6200 feet above sea level. The word Joshimath is derived from Jyotirmath (ज्योतिर्मठ) . Adiguru Shankracharya
Hemkund Sahib in June first week, the lake is semi frozen and Sikh Pilgrims take a dip in to it.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib is the height Sikh Gurudwara in the world situated at a height of 4200 m or 13700 feet above sea level. Snow clad for much of the year Hemkund Sahib is accessible from June to September only. In
Govindghat before floods, Picture was taken in July 2011, can you see the encroachment in the river area.

Govindghat

Govindghat is a small hamlet on National Highway 58 between Joshimath and Badrinath in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at a height of 5500 feet and surrounded by huge almost 90 degree peaks. These peaks are almost
Mana Village : Saraswati River Starting Point.

Mana Village

Mana is a small village and is just three kilometers from famous Hindu Pilgrimage, Badrinath. It is the last Indian village on this side. People visiting Badrinath should definitely visit Mana for its natural beauty and historical and mythological importance.
Badrinath Temple at night

Badrinath

Badrinath is one of the most famous pilgrim destinations for Hindus. It is situated on the bank of river Alaknanda at a height of 10200 feet above sea level in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Region in Uttarakhand State of

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