How to reach valley of flowers from Haridwar and New Delhi.
Valley of flowers is 500 kilometers from New Delhi and 300 kilometers from Haridwar. The answer to question of How o Reach Valley of flowers can be divided in following parts.
- Reaching Haridwar
- Haridwar to Govindghat. (Road Journey)
- Govindghat to Valley of flowers (Trek)
Reaching Haridwar for a trip to valley of flowers
You can reach Haridwar by train, bus or air. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun. It is only about an hour’s drive from airport to Haridwar. Haridwar has its railway station so you can reach here from all over India by train as well. Regular bus service from New Delhi is also available for Haridwar. New Delhi to Haridwar is only 200 km but it takes almost 5 hours.
Haridwar to Govindghat.
From Haridwar, Govindghat is approximately 275 kilometers and it is accessible only by road. It takes almost 10-12 hours to reach Govindghat from Haridwar. So you should start early from Haridwar so as to reach Govindghat by evening. You can also opt to stay at Joshimath as most of the hotels at Govindghat are washed off in the floods in Uttarakhand in 2013. Joshimath is just 25 kilometers before Govindghat on National Highway 58.
Govindghat to Valley of flowers by trek.
From Govinghat to valley of flowers one cannot do in one day. One needs to go to Ghangaria first and use Ghangaria as base camp for valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek. So the trek can be divided in to two parts.
Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.
Govindghat to Ghangaria is 14 kilometer trek. You will gain an altitude of 4700 feet as Govindghat is at an altitude of 5500 feet where as Ghangaria is at an altitude of 10200 feet. The trek is quite steep at some places. You can hire a pony or porter for yourself. Helicopter services are also available at Govindghat. Helicopter picks up from Govindghat and drops at Helipad ground in Ghangaria. Helipad ground is 1 km before Ghangaria. It also the camping site.
Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers is 3 km and you can explore the valley up to 9-10 km inside. Depending upon your stamina you can go in to the deeper parts of the Valley of Flowers. We recommend you to start trekking back at 2.00 pm as you need to get out of the entry gate of the valley by 5.00 pm.
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