Valley of Flowers

The great escape: Valley of Flowers

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Next day, we left the hotel at 6.30 am and hired a jeep to take us to Govindghat, the starting point of the 14-kilometer trek to the Valley of Flowers (VoF) and Hemkund Sahib, which is another nine kilometers from the Valley. It took us 1.30 hours to reach Govindghat.

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गढ़वाल घुमक्कडी: कर्णप्रयाग – विष्णुप्रयाग – बद्रीनाथ

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चूँकि आज हमे सिर्फ़ बद्रीनाथ ही पहुँचना था (जो की यहाँ से मात्र 125 किमी ही है), इसलिए हम संगम पर काफ़ी देर बैठे मस्ती करते रहे. संगम का आनंद लेकर और दोनो नदियों के जल से विशुद्धि व उर्जा पाकर हम लोग आगे की यात्रा पर निकलने को तैय्यार थे. ढाबे पर नाश्ता करने के बाद, हम लोग सीधे बद्रीनाथ की बस लेने आ पहुँचे. थोड़ी देर इंतेज़ार के बाद, एकाध बसें आई पर सब खचाखच भारी हुई, पाँव रखने तक की जगह नही थी, यात्रा सीज़न मे ये एक आम नज़ारा है.

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Valley of Flowers | The Wonderland

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Truly it would have been impossible for us, to take a step without crushing a flower, had there been no stone paves deep into the Valley of Flowers. We walked deep into the valley; saw many flowers of different colours, pink, blue, red, white, yellow and many others. Every single flower, though tiny, is so beautiful and colourful that none gets less attention from the visitors. These flowers are all wild. They vary in shape and colour at different altitudes. The flowers in the valley keep changing in different phases of monsoon. So after every 10-15 days of interval, a new set of flowers replace the old flowers and the Valley gets a new look every time such changes are happened. But do not expect to see any big flower in the valley as they do not reside here.

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The Road To Valley of Flowers

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No human soul lives around the valley though it is not soulless completely! The valley remained unknown to the world until 1931, when arrived there like Alice in Wonderland, six British Mountaineers, who lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt Kamet. Numerous wild flowers cover the Valley in monsoon and create a magical sight of a wonderland. Frank S. Smythe, one of the six British mountaineers, while mentioning about the Valley wrote, “it was impossible to take a step without crushing a flower”. They named it the Valley of Flower and thereafter the valley has become a popular place for summer expedition.

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घाघंरिया – हेमकुंड साहिब – गोबिंद घाट (भाग 6)

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हेमकुंड संस्कृत (“बर्फ़”) हेम और कुंड (“कटोरा”) से व्युत्पन्न नाम है । हेमकुंट साहिब गुरुद्वारा एक छोटे से स्टार के आकार का है तथा सिखों के अंतिम गुरू, गुरु गोबिंद सिंह जी, को समर्पित है। श्री हेमकुंट साहिब गुरूद्वारा के पास ही एक सरोवर है। इस पवित्र जगह को अमृतसरोवर (अमृत का तालाब) कहा जाता है। यह सरोवर लगभग 400 गज लंबा और 200 गज चौड़ा है। यह चारों तरफ़ से हिमालय की सात चोटियों से घिरा हुआ है। इन चोटियों का रंग वायुमंडलीय स्थितियों के अनुसार अपने आप बदल जाता है। कुछ समय वे बर्फ़ सी सफेद,कुछ समय सुनहरे रंग की, कभी लाल रंग की और कभी-कभी भूरे नीले रंग की दिखती हैं।

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Fairy Land – Valley Of Flowers (VOF)

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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.

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Trip to the land of Gods – Hemkund Sahib, Valley of Flowers, Badrinath and Mana Village….Part 1

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We reached haridwar around 4.00 a.m and went to the Bus Stand to inquire about the bus for Joshimath / Badrinath because we wanted to reach Gobindghat by end of the day (2 Sep 2010). And there we were, no counters, no information, so we inquired from the locals and they directed us to the office of a travel agency G.M.O.U Ltd. We took their bus leaving for badrinath at 5.00 a.m and bought tickets till Gobindghat which comes 23 kms before badrinath.

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