While on an expedition to Mt. Kamet , Frank S. Smith an English mountaineer & explorer discovered the Valley of Flowers. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of over 300 varieties of wild Himalayan flowers including Queen of flowers Blue Poppy and Brahma Kamal (Saussurea Obvallata). This trek started from Govind Ghat and Ghagaria is the place for overnight. The snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline. The Legend is that Hanuman collected `Sanjeevani` herb from this valley to revive Lakshman. Other attraction of the trek is a day excursion to Hemkund Sahib – A sacred Sikh shrine is situated on the foot of the Hemkund Lake (4320 mt) and Badrinath – one of the four Hindu Pilgrimage (Dham) in the Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrive – Delhi
Met upon arrival at Delhi International Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi – Rishikesh
Drive to Rishikesh (225 km) via Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as ‘Gateway to Himalayas’ and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Enjoy the ‘Ganga Aarti’ in the evening. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh – Karnprayag – Joshimath
Drive to Joshimath (290 km), winter abode of Lord Badrinath and seat of Adi Sankarachrya. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4: Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria
Drive to Govindghat (18 km). After an early lunch start trekking to Ghangaria (13 km) the base camp for `Valley of Flowers’ and Hemkund Sahib. Overnight stay in tourist lodge / tented camp.
Day 5: Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers – Ghangaria
Proceed for excursion to Valley of Flowers. The whole valley is dotted with variety of exotic Himalayan flowers and other flora. In the afternoon return back to camp at Ghangaria.
Day 6: Ghangaria – Hemkund – Ghangaria
Day excursion to Hemkund Sahib, one of the Holiest pilgrimage for the Sikhs. Snow covered peaks and mountains make the backdrop for `The Hemkund Lake’. The climb to Hemkund Sahinb is very steep. In the evening return back to Ghangaria for overnight stay.
Day 7: Ghangaria – Govindghat – Badrinath
Morning after Breakfast, start return trek to reach Govindghat. On arrival at Govindghat, drive to Badrinath (28 km). Badrinath is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage place. One of the four Dham in the Himalayas, the temple at Badrinath is dedicated to lord Vishnu. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8: Badrinath – Joshimath – Rudraprayag
Morning after breakfast drive to Rudraprayag 168 kms via Joshimath and Karnapryag. Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 9: Rudrapryag – Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive (164 km) down to reach Rishikesh. On arrival check-in the Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Rishikesh – Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive (225 km) to Delhi. Stop en route at Haridwar to visit Har-ki-Pauri Ghat.
Day 11: Depart Delhi
Optional sightseeing of Delhi. Later transfer to airport to board flight to onward destination.
Extra night Hotel can be arranged prior to the trip or after the trip.
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