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Valley Of Flowers-Badrinath - MTS/LH/08
Located at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains is a glacial corridor approx. 2kms. wide and 8kms long . As the name states, the Valley of Flowers does come alive with about 450 types of flower species in the monsoon season for this region. The northern India's state of Uttarakhand, bordered by Nepal and Tibet, experiences the first monsoon showers around June end and it is then that Nature unravels this beautiful sight for us. The park is open only in summer from June to October and the period from July 15th to September end is considered the best for visiting this wonder of nature. The area is inaccessible for the rest of the year as it is covered by heavy snow.
The type of Flowers that you may easily know would be daisies, marigold, orchids, poppies and then there are a whole lot of those which you would have never seen. Sub-alpine forests of rhododendron & birch cover parts of the park's area and the park also has many species of medicinal plants including Picrorhiza kurrooa, Aconitum violaceum, Dactylorhiza hatagirea and Polygonatum multiflorum etc.. Prof. C.P. Kala studied the valley for a decade from 1993 onwards and concluded that the Valley of Flowers endows with 520 species of higher plants (angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes) and of these 498 are flowering plants.
The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km² and is part of the 223,674 ha, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve which is further surrounded by a buffer zone of 5,148.57 square kilometers. This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.
Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 36 kms. over a period of 3 days. However, from the base of Ghangaria, the Valley of Flowers is only 8 kms. to and fro. The park opens only during the day till 6pm and all visitors are required to report back at the base in the evening.
To make this trekking experience more enjoyable for you, you would be staying one night each way while going to and returning from the Valley of Flowers at an Ayurveda Resort enjoying light therapy & massage. The luxurious retreat is spread over a large area and offers international standard infrastructure facilities with luxurious comfort for unwinding holidays. It offers a gift of living well, delivered by way of a holistic blend of spa therapies and an enchanting experience, provided through a delicately synchronized symphony of wellness and enjoyment-combining relaxation, fitness, treatments and nutrition.
The retreat has a swimming pool to enhance the rejuvenating experience. The pool is complimented by an adjoining plunge pool for children. It offers various outdoor facilities which include biking, horse-riding, Kite-flying, cricket, croquet, football, jogging track and a modern well-equipped gym. You can explore an amazing variety of birds, flowers and trees, clean air and clear star-studded night skies. Indoor games include pool, tables-tennis, carom, video games and board games et al.
As the tour involves a lot of trekking, we recommend that you undertake this tour only if you are healthy enough to walk long streches.
The tour itinerary is as under:
Day 1 : Delhi-Haridwar-Ayurveda Resort (240 kms by private car) (Lunch & Dinner included)
Early departure from Delhi for Haridwar. Transfer to ayurveda resort. After Lunch, consultation with the Ayurveda Doctor and one light therapy (as suggested by the Doctor). Evening free. Overnight at the resort.
Day 2 : Rishikesh to Joshimath (New) - 256 kms by car (Breakfast included)
After early breakfast, proceed for Joshimath. On way enjoy the confluence view of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers at Devprayag. Also enjoy Confluence view of Mandakani and Alaknanda. Halt at Rudraprayag for lunch. Night halt in Joshimath.
Day 3 : Joshimath-Ghangaria (22 km by bus & 14 km trek)
Early departure after breakfast from Joshimath for Govindghat by car. Carry packed lunch. Start trekking from Govindghat towards Ghangaria. Arrive at Ghangaria around 5pm and stay overnight.
Day 4 : Ghangaria-Valley of Flowers-Ghangaria (8 km trek to and fro)
Early departure after breakfast for trekking from Ghangaria for Valley of Flowers. Carry packed lunch. Visit Valley of Flowers. Return to Ghangaria for overnight halt in private accommodation.
Day 5 : Ghangaria-Badrinath (14 km trek & 23 km by car)
After early breakfast, start trekking towards Govindghat. Lunch break at Govindghat. Proceed for Badrinath (Devlok) by car. Arrival at Badrinath, Pooja, Darshan, Aarti and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 : Badrinath-Joshimath (New) - 80 km by car
After holy dip, Pooja, Darshan and breakfast, visit Mana village. Proceed towards Joshimath. Arrival at Joshimath. Visit Auli by cable car from Joshimath (optional at additional cost). Proceed for Pipal Koti for overnight stay.
Day 7 : Pipal Koti-Rishikesh -220 kms by car (Dinner included)
After early breakfast, leave for Rishikesh. Halt at Srinagar (Pauri Garhwal) for lunch. Transfer to Ayurveda Resort. One light ayurveda massage in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 8 : Ayurveda Resort-Dehi (240 kms) (Breakfast included)
Yoga & Meditation session at the resort. Breakfast at the resort. Departure for Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the evening.
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Inclusios in the package
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Meals as per itinerary
- Trasport/transfers as per itinerary
- Consultation with the Ayurveda Doctor
- Ayurvda massages as per itinerary
- One Yoga & Meditation session
- Complimentary use of Swimming Pool/Multi Specialty Gym, Indoor & Outdoor games within the Ayurveda Resort
Caution: The month of July/August, being the rainy season, carry extra set of clothes and raincoat/umbrella.
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