My Solo Trip To Valley Of Flowers Trek, Hemkund Sahib And Badrinath
Being an avid traveler and nature lover I always wanted to visit Valley Of Flowers in Uttarakhand and to offer my prayers at Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji. Since this was going to be a week long trek, matching up with all my traveler friends’ calendar was a big deal, hence I decided to go solo. Unlike my other solo trips, this was the most memorable one for me, after all I was visiting one of my dream places.
Well on Aug 7, 2016, finally I packed my bags and put my steps forward to my 6 nights 7 days solo trek in Uttarakhand, in which I visited places including Rishikesh, Joshimath, Auli, Gobindghat, Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers, Sri Hemkund Sahib Ji & Shri Badrinath Ji. I’ll tell you my entire journey in a brief, so here we start:
Day 0 (Delhi – Rishikesh)
I boarded bus at 5 AM in the morning from Delhi to Rishikesh and reached there around 3 in the afternoon, stayed overnight in Rishikesh while witnessing the Maa Ganga aarti at evening.
Day 1 (Rishikesh – Joshimath)
Woke up early and boarded bus for Joshimath with the morning breeze and 8 hours of hilly journey, I reached there around 3 PM. It is always suggested to eat light food during travel in hills. Checked in Hotel Brahma Kamal at Joshimath, certainly pretty neat and clean budget hotel with walking distance of 5 minutes for Ropeway to reach Auli Bugyal.
Auli is a perfect spot for ice skiing and best time to visit is between December-March. Though you can reach Auli by roads, but riding the ropeway will give you 360 degree view of the mighty Himalayas and Nanda Devi Peak, the second highest mountain in India.
Spent my evening there at Auli and reached back Hotel to relax after dinner.
Day 2 (Joshimath – Gobind Ghat – Ghangaria)
Woke up early with the scenic beauty of Himalayas and now I left for Gobind Ghat, a 30 km journey from Joshimath, reached around 8.30 in the morning. After breakfast, here my first trek begins, a 13 km trek from Gobind Ghat to Ghangaria, it took me 6 hours to finish it and reached there around 3.30 PM. Although, shared taxis, horses and even helicopters are available to finish it quick, but trekking has all way different fun. Ghangaria is a beautiful small village on the way to Hemkund Sahib, where I decided to stay at hotel Sri Nanda Lokpal palace, you can also enjoy camping here organized by locals.
Day 3 (Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers – Ghangaria)
Finally the sun rose and I was buckled up for a stretched 5 km trek (will take approx. 3 hours) to see the heaven on Earth. Yes! I’m talking about The Valley Of Flowers. I’d call it Valley Of Colors, everywhere it was just red, yellow, blue, green and various colors of nature as rainbow is lying in the valley. Well interestingly, the flowering pattern of this entire valley changes in every few days.
Mark my word, once you see this mesmerizing beauty of nature, you’d like to stay here forever. In fact, I was literally singing that famous song of Man Ki Aankhen – Dil kahe ruk ja re ruk ja, yahi pe kahin. Jo baat is jagah mein hai, kahi pe nahin
After spending a couple of hours witnessing this unmatchable beauty of Himalayan valley, reached back Ghangaria by evening.
Day 4 (Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria)
Started as early as 7 AM, passing by the beautiful mountains, flowers and waterfalls, I reached Hemkund Sahib at 11.30 AM finishing 7 kms of trek. Took a holy dip at Hemkund Lake, offered prayers at Darbar and tasted the Langar.
Situated at an elevation of 15000 feet from the sea level, Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji is a pilgrimage site for Sikhs. Spent my entire day there witnessing the beauty of that place and then reached back to Ghangaria before sun sets.
Day 5 and 6 (Ghangaria – Gobind Ghat – Badrinath)
I started my return journey at early morning to reach Gobind Ghat by afternoon, had my lunch, a little rest and then stepped forward towards Badrinath. It is around 30 kms journey, where shared taxis and buses are easily available.
By evening I reached Badrinath, watched the sunset from the mountain and went to sleep after dinner.
Next day early morning, I visited the temple of Shri Badrinath Ji (dedicated to Shri Vishnu Ji). After Darshan, I had breakfast and spent my entire day visiting nearby places including Mana – the last Indian village, only 5 kms from Badrinath.
Day 7 (Badrinath – Rishikesh – Delhi)
Left Badrinath as early as 7 am to reach Rishikesh by evening 6. Since I only had light breakfast and lunch in the entire journey, I decided to take complete dinner a bit early at Rishikesh. Also did some shopping and boarded bus for Delhi.
Here my journey ended with countless memories and amazing experiences of the Himalayan valley!