14 October 2012

Valley of Flowers Trip : Brief Itinerary

Here's a brief itinerary of our trip to Valley of Flowers. We were fortunate enough not to face any delays due to weather/landslides. However, to be on safer side one should keep 1-2 days buffer in their plan.

Day-0: 11th August 2012 
  • Morning flight from Bangalore to Delhi 
  • Took a train from New Delhi Railway Station to Haridwar
  • Overnight stay at Haridwar

Day-1: 12th August 2012 
  • Took an early morning bus from Haridwar to Govindghat. 
  • Reached Govindghat at 6 pm after strenuous journey 
  • Overnight stay at Govindghat 

Day-2: 13th August 2012
  • Started with hike from Govindghat at 7 am 
  • Reached Ghangria at 6.30 pm in evening. Had a tuf time in last part  due to rains 
  • Checked in at a decent hotel in Ghangria 

Day-3: 14th August 2012
  • Started the day with hike to Valley of Flowers. 
  • Reached core area by 1 pm but couldn't shoot landscapes due overcast condition
  • Back in Ghangria at 5.30 pm 
  • Watched documentary show on VOF at DCF office in Ghangria 

Day-4: 15th August 2012
  • Hiked to Hemkund Sahib, but could not complete the hike because a mule stamped on my foot. 
  • Had a tough downhill descent while getting down due to slipperiness (due to rain+mule shit).
  • Was back in Ghangria at 7 pm !

Day-5: 16th August 2012
  • Revisited Hemkund Sahib by taking a mule. 
  • Visited Gurudwara and Laxman Mandir and had an awesome Khichdi at langar of Gurudwara

Day-6: 17th August 2012 
  • Descended to Govindghat by opting for a mule again. 
  • Took a taxi to Badrinath and checked in at Ananth Ashram at Badrinath 
  • Visited Mana Village by taking another taxi from Badrinath 
  • Explored Mana Village by hiring a guide. 

Day-7: 18th August 2012
  • Left Badrinath at 5 am in morning by hiring a taxi. 
  • Changed over to a different taxi at Chamoli, as our Taxi-1 had wheel wobbling issue
  • Had brief stop over at Rishikesh to visited Laxman Jhula
  • Reached Haridwar in evening and visited Har-ki-Pauri and the places around
  • Had dinner at famoush Chotiwala restaurant 
  • Overnight stay at Haridwar

Day-8: 19th August 2012 
  • Took an early morning train(Jan shatabdhi express) from Haridwar to Delhi.
  • Reached Delhi and checked-in at a hotel for fresh up 
  • Had lunch at a south indian restaurant in at Connaught place 
  • Left Delhi by taking 8.55 pm flight. Reached Bangalore around midnight. 
If you have any queries in specific please post a comment below or send me an email at sandeep@shande.in

Also read: VOF - Summary and Retrospect.

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