Last 3 year planning to go fairy land called Valley of flowers also known as upper Bhyundar Valley, But every time there is issue. Well this time also there was issue , but inspired by poem “tumi ekla chalo..” (Walk Alone friend..) Started my journey alone.
Valley of Flowers situated in the lap of the Himalayas about 3,200 m to 6,679 m in altitude in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. Pushpawati river emerge from Tipar glacier at base of Godhi Parvat ( Peak) flows though valley of flowers and meet Laxman Ganga at Ghanghria and finally in to Alaknanda river in GovindGhat. Valley become frozen during winter and become fairy land during summer. Valley of flower take different shades of colors as month progressed. Valley come alive in month of April , when ice meltdown , become yellow in June , Purple and white in July , too many colors in August.
Government declare Valley of flowers as Nanda Devi National Park in 1982 ( 87.9 Sq KM), latter UNSCO declare it as World Heritage Site in 1988 (Extensions in 2005).Local knew existence about this Bhyundar valley ( Valley of flowers) for centuries also called playground of Fairies and Nymphs . But it not very popular in outside of world , despite huge pligirm visit near by famous temple Badrinath , since 9th Century.
“I hope generously, my ignorance must judge for myself whether the Bhyundar Valley deserves its title the Valley of Flowers. Others will visit it, analyze it and probe it but, whatever their opinions, to me it will remain the ‘Valley of Flowers’ a valley of peace and perfect beauty where the human spirit may find repose” — Frank S. Smythe
My paln was like follow ( but it changed Little bit )
11-AUG-2010 Haridwar to Joshimath. This was my first visit to Haidwar too. Took GMO bus from Haridwar. In bus few people from Gujarat going to Badrinath , few Army men going on Duty.
12-AUG Joshimath – Govindghat- Ghanghria
13-AUG Ghanghria- Valley of Flowers - Ghanghria
14-AUG Ghanghria - Hemkund Shaib - Ghanghria
15-AUG Ghanghria – Valley of Flowers - Ghanghria
16-AUG Ghanghria – Badrinath – Joshimath
17-AUG Joshimath – Haidwar
It was wonderful Journey ... will update more details soon ...