Valley of Flower - Hemkund Sahib

Duration: 10 Nights/11 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Rishikesh – Joshimath – Govindghat – Vally of flowers - Ghangharia – Hemkund Sahib – Joshimath – Rishikesh - Delhi

The Valley of Flowers is a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet. It is the valley of the stream Pushpavati, a tributary of Alaknanda. It riot of color in August/September. Well over a thousand varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing textures and colors paint the valley in a gorgeous display. Also visit Hemkund Sahib one of the most scared Sikhs shrine.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International flight.
After clearing the customs and immigration formalities, proceed towards the arrival hall, where you will be met by our Representative and accorded a traditional Indian Welcome, assistance and a transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Delhi is a city that defies a one-line description as the capital of India or as the capital of the world's largest democracy. Actually, Delhi is India in miniature; it is 3,287,263 sq. km of India's fantastic variety compressed into 1,483 sq. km.  Over the millennia, it has wooed rulers, attracted plunderers, and provided historians with so many details. Today, even as it preserves an enviable heritage, Delhi is a true cosmopolitan city, always on the move. Delhi remains the centre of power.  Once it was a city of royal power. Then it became the seat of colonial power. Later it was the seat of bureaucratic power. The seat of political power it has always been. Today it is emerging as an important centre for corporate power too. However, the most fascinating aspect of this city is its cosmopolitan nature.
Rest of day free to relax at the hotel
Overnight in Delhi

Day 02 :  Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning tour of Old Delhi – also known as Mughal Delhi. This includes the visit of the Red Fort – Shah Jehan's elegent citadel in red sandstone and the Jumma Masjid – India's largest mosque, also built by Shah Jahan. A walk through the narrow lanes where time seems to have stood still will give you a first-hand view of the merchants, the little food and artifact stalls and the teeming population, busy in their daily activities. Thereafter, proceed to Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.

Afternoon city tour of New Delhi, also known as Lutyen's Delhi –visiting the Qutab Minar, a Tower of Victory, built in the 12th century by Qutbuddin Aibak. Within its spacious courtyard stands the Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD and bears a Sanskrit inscription in the Gupta style. The pillar has puzzled scientists, as its iron has not rusted in all these centuries. Also visit the Tomb of Humayun - a magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble and one of the finest examples of the garden tomb, and a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Its proportionate spaces, double dome and refined elegance are characteristic of Mughal architecture.  Also visit India Gate, a memorial of the First World War and drive along the road that leads from there to the Rashtrapathi Bhawan - the residence of the President of India which is flanked by the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 03 : Delhi/Haridwar/Rishikesh (250 kms / 6 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Haridwar. Haridwr is located 25 kms in the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries. Several temples and ashrams dot this town and a visit to Haridwar is like stepping into a totally different world. Hari-ki-Pairi (Har-ki-Pairi). To the north of the center, this is Haridwar's focal point, where devotees gather to bathe and worship on the Ganges. According to legend, this is where a drop of nectar Amritam fell from the churning of the oceans when the world was created, and a stone wall has Vishnu's footprint. After on road to Rishikesh to see Huge Shiva Figure. Rishikesh - set along the right bank of the Ganga, at its confluence with the Chandrabhaga stream, Rishikesh is one of the best located pilgrimages along the Ganga.  There is peace and solemnity in the atmosphere.  No wonder then that saints and sages come here to commune with God.  According to legend, in times long past, a sage Raibhya Rishi, did hard penance to please God. Satisfied by his devotion God appeared before the Rishi here as Hrishikesh which is how the place got its name.  Today, Rishikesh is a centre of yoga and meditation.

Evening visit Laxman Jhoola. Visit ashrams and temples at Muni-ki-reti. Later Ram Jhoola brige, various Ghats for Spiritual discourse and Ganga Arati (worship the river Goddess and putting diyas (floating lamps) in the river.
Overnight in Rishikesh

Day 04 : Rishikesh/Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs)

Joshimath is a hill station located at an altitude of 6,000 ft in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Division in Uttaranchal. It lies in the mountain slopes above the rivers Alaknanda and Dhauliganga.

Joshimath is a mesmerizing place with lovely and eye catching views of the Snow Mountains, greenery and pleasant weather conditions. Joshimath is also known as Jyotirmath. It is one of the four great 'maths' established by the Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. There are several ancient temples for the tourists to pay visit. The town is the winter abode of Lord Badri, who is brought down from Badrinath to the Vasudeva Temple at Joshimath somewhere around the festival of Deepawali. At a distance of 16 km from Joshimath is the Auli. It is one of the few places in India offering winter sports like Ice Skiing. One has to go to Auli by a ropeway from Joshimath. The Nanda Devi National Park is 23 km away from the town of Joshimath. One can trek to the park, which abounds in rare flora and fauna. The tourists can go to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chopta, Valley of Flowers and Hem Kund sahib Gurudwara on excursion from Joshimath
Overnight in Joshimath

Day 05 : Joshimath/Govindghat (20 kms/1 hrs)/Ghangaria (13 kms Trek /3-4 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Govindghat. From where your trek will start. Govindghat is the famous town of Uttaranchal state of India. a famous religious place for Hindus. One may consider it as the initiating point of trekking to famous Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib. It offers great scenic beauty and peace to the spiritual travelers. Ghangaria is a beautiful small village on the way to Hemkund sahib, a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Vally of flowers, a national park known for its variety of flowers. It is located in the northern Himalayan ranges at an altitude of 3049 meters in Uttarkhand state of India. It is also known as Govinddham.

Ghangaria is situated on the bank of the river Pushpawati, also known as Laxman Ganga. It is the last human habitation in this tiny valley. This place is usually used by travelers as a base camp to visit Hemkund and Valley of flowers. It remains open only through the month of May till September with rest of the year covered under 8 feet of snow.

Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Overnight in Ghangaria

Day 06 : Ghangaria/Valley Of Flowers/Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs )

Morning after breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, breath-takingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned.
Overnight in Ghangaria

Day 07 : Ghangaria/Hemkund Sahib/Ghangaria (6 kms one side/ 3-4 hrs)

After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. Hemkund, with a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven peaks, is a popular site for Sikhs for its claimed historical connection. It is located in the Himalyas at an elevation of over 15,200 ft (4,600 m) in Uttarakhand state of India and accessible only by foot from Govindghat on Rishikesh –Badrinath highway.

It is most known for a guruddwara, known as Hemkunt Sahib, associated the Sikh guru, Guru Govind Singh, and is one of the most sacred of Sikh shrines; the lake also has a Lakshman temple built by it.

Overnight in Ghangaria

Day 08 : Ghangaria/Govind Ghat (13 kms Trek /3-4 hrs)/Joshimath (20 kms /1 hr)

Morning after breakfast trek down to reach Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the area. Overnight in Joshimath

Day 09 : Joshimath /Rishikesh/ Haridwar ( 278 Kms / 08 Hrs)

Morning breakfast and drive to Haridwar. Haridwar located in the foothills of the Himalayas, represents the point where the Ganga reaches the plains. Haridwar is an ancient pilgrimage site, held in reverence for centuries.
Overnight in Haridwar

Day 10 : Haridwar /Delhi (225 Kms / 06 Hrs)

The main focus of activity is along the Ganga and on the bathing ghats. Har-ki Pauri is the main ghat, with bridges and walkways connecting smaller islands in the river. Later on board a train for Delhi at 1730 hrs. Arrive Delhi at 2240 hrs, assistance upon arrival and we will take you to an airport hotel where you can use lobby level facility with a 24 hrs running coffee shop. In time drive to International airport to board flight back to home.

Day 11 : Depart Delhi

Fly back to home