One of the best things that the British gave us is this chanced discovery on a lost path called the Valley of Flowers. This was discovered by the British traveller Frank Smith in the early 1930s. I read his book titled Valley of Flowers. It quite created something inside me. I being a nature lover, this made me feel so nice, and I ended up taking this trek. The Valley Of Flowers Trekking is one of the most sought after and the best treks to take ever.
The trip starts from Haridwar with a departure schedule to Govindghat via Joshimath and the Devaprayag. It all starts with a beautiful 250 kms drive. From there camp at the Govindghat for the night. The next day, trekk for 14 kilometers. It is really awesome. Reach Ghangaria and have a relaxed evening. Start trekking next day to Valley of Flowers and get back as it is very tiring. Spend night in a nice camp. Start 4th day with a trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib. This is a holy spot of the Sikhs. The visit to the seven snow-capped mountains is the highlight of the tour. Fifth day trek back to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath from there. The very next day go back to Haridwar where the trek travel ends.
With some amazing species all around, this trek is so worthy. There are a millions of species of wild flowers. Some of the worthy flowers were saxifrags, lilies, sediams, poppy, daisies, calendular, geranium, zinnia and petunia. This valley also holds many gurgling streams that adds on to the exciting natural beauty. Another noteworthy thing about this is the rich bio diversity of this place. This place also serves as a home for several species of butterflies and insects too.
Valley of Flowers is in full bloom from mid August to September- October. The old route has been washed away by flash floods of 2013 so the army has brought up another route ( quiet steep at times ) and mended the bridges over Pushpavati River. The walk from Ghangharia to the gate of the valley is itself mesmerising. There are hundreds of different types of flowers on way which makes ones jaw drop. Such is the riot of colours in this route that you keep asking yourself what new will confront you in the valley. The walk from the valley gateway to Mary’s grave opens up to a huge number of unknown flowers and orchids.