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The Valley of the Flowers

Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Rishikesh - Karnprayag - Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangaria - Hemkund - Govindghat - Badrinath - Joshimath - Rudrapryag - Rishikesh - Delhi

Overview

The Valley of the Flowers

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Delhi

Begin your tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "The Valley of the Flowers"!
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Delhi - Rishikesh

On the day 2 of your tour drive to Rishikesh. Rishikesh, situated on the banks of the Ganges.
Rishikesh, also known as the 'place of sages' is Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga. It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had appeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name.
Upon arrival, check in your pre-booked hotel. Relax for a while and later visit Rishikesh City of Nirvana dotted with numerous yoga centers.
Laxman Jhula:- one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rishikesh, Laxman Jhula is a suspended bridge on the Ganges. Legend has it that Laxman had crossed the river Ganges at this spot on a bridge of ropes. Now a suspended iron bridge 450 ft long, built in 1939 exists here. The Laxman Jhula is something you cannot simply miss on a tour to Rishikesh.
Ram Jhula:- another suspended bridge between Shivanand Ashram and Sawarg Ashram, Ram Jhula has been named after Laxman’s elder brother Ram.
Bharat Mandir:- built by Adiguru Shankracharya, the Hindu saint in 12th century, this is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. It is located on the bank of river Ganges in the old town and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose idol carved out of a single 'Salagram' stands here.
Rishikund:- Legend has it that, the river Goddess Yamuna was so pleased with the saint Kubz that she filled this tank with water.
Nilkanth Mahadeo:- According to Hindu mythology when the ocean was being churned out for “amrit” by the gods and the demons, it was venom that first oozed out. This venom was swallowed by Lord Shiva at this spot and the place got its name from that event.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Rishikesh - Karnaprayag - Joshimath

Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath.
Enroute visit Karnaprayag. Karn Prayag is one of five sites where the confluence of rivers occurs. The five prayags are Vishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Allahabad where the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati join, is known as Prayag, and is one of the holy places of Hindu pilgrimage. Karanprayag is believed by many to be the place where Karna of the Mahabharata, was to have worshipped the Sun God. It is the ancient temple, devoted to Uma and Karna.
Evening arrive at Joshimath and check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Joshimath -Govindghat - Ghangaria Drive: 18 kms. Trek: 13 kms.

Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Govindghat. From here start trekking to reach Ghangria also called GOVIND DHAM, the base camp for Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Please note that camping within the Valley of Flowers is not permitted.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5 Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers

Visit the famous Valley of Flowers. The whole valley is dotted with variety of exotic Himalayan flowers and other flora.
Valley of Flowers, UNESCO World Heritage Site: It is as full of flowers as of exotic animal species and birds. It is a sight to watch, explore and absorb. The valley is a riot of colors and fragrances so unique and exotic that one needs an entire day just to take in whatever nature is giving us that time. The valley of flowers was ‘discovered’ accidentally by Frank S. Smith in 1931 after he lost his way on a trek back to his base. It was fully explored by botanist Margaret Legge in 1939 but unfortunately she lost her life in a landslide soon after. Spread over an area of over 87.50 sq km, the Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1982. It was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6 Ghangaria - Hemkund-Ghangaria

Morning after early breakfast, start trekking to reach Hemkund Sahib, one of the holiest pilgrimages for the Sikhs. Snow-covered peaks and mountains makes the backdrop for 'The Hemkund Lake'.
Hemkund or Hemkunt Sahib, with a setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven peaks, is a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs. It is located in the Himalayas at an elevation of over 15,200 ft (4,600 m) in Uttarakhand state of India, and accessible only by foot from Govindghart on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.It is most known for a Gurudwara, known as Hemkunt Sahib, associated the Sikh guru,Guru Govind Singh, and is one of the most sacred of Sikh shrines, the lake also has a Lakshman temple built by it.
Return to Ghangria for overnight stay in Hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7 Ghangaria - Govindghat - Badrinath

Morning after early breakfast, start return trek to Govindghat. On arrival, drive to Badrinath (28 km), a holy place for the Hindu's, dedicated to `LORD VISHNU'. Check into your hotel upon arrival.
Later in the afternoon visit the Temple.
Badrinath Temple: It is considered the holiest of the Char Dham Hindu pilgrimage in Uttarakhand. It is delicately placed between the mountains of Nar and Narayan with River Alaknanda flowing peacefully beside it. It is known as Badrinath since the entire region is covered with Badri trees (Indian Jujube).
The temple has three parts- Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).
Overnight: Hotel

Day 8 Badrinath - Joshimath -Karnapryag- Rudrapryag

Morning after breakfast drive to Rudraprayag. Enroute visit Joshimath and Karnapryag.
Rudraprayag (Devanagari: ???????????) is a town and a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alknanda river, the point of confluence of rivers Alknanda and Mandakini. Alaknanda then proceeds towards Devaprayag where it joins with Bhagirathi river to form the river Ganga. Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag.
Reach and check into your hotel for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Rudrapryag - Rishikesh

Morning after early breakfast, drive to return to reach Rishikesh. Evening arrive Rishikesh and check into hotel for overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Rishikesh - Delhi

Morning after early breakfast, drive back to Delhi, enroute visiting Hari-ki-pauri in Haridwar.
Haridwar is also famous by the names of gangadwar, Mokshadwar, Tapovan and Mayapuri. It is at Haridwar that the Ganga finaly energes into the northern plains.
Har Ki Pairi Ghat: Har Ki Pairi ghat is the prime tourist attraction of Haridwar. This wonderful riverside bank was constructed by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is said that all the sins that a mortal commits are washed out by bathing at this river-bank.
In the evening just when the Sun is about to go down below the horizon, priests perform the religious rite on the bank of the river. This is extremely scenic and people join in the devotional song. After the ritual is over, small candles are floated on the river. The place looks enchanting. The atmosphere is very peaceful and you will surely love it.
On arrival at Delhi, check into hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 Delhi

This morning after breakfast transfer to the Delhi International airport to catch flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "The Valley of the Flowers" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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