DURATION : 13 DAYS
DESTINATION COVERED : DELHI – JAIPUR – AGRA - RISHIKESH - JOSHIMATH - GHANGARIA –VALLEY OF FLOWERS - HEMKUND SAHIB - DELHI.
Tour Detail : Valley of Flowers is the World Heritage Site located in Uttarakahand Himalayas, It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holdsworth stumbled on the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition. They were "at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairyland of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf, but brilliant in colour". Bustling with beautiful, lively and vibrant colours, this park spread over an area of 87.5 sq. kms. has the largest collection of wild flower species.As though created by nature itself, the beauty of the park is enhance by the Pushpawati river flowing in the vicinity overlooked by towering Rataban peak in the background. More than 300 species of wild flowers bloom and swing with life during the monsoons. Also inhabiting the place is the amazing variety of Himalayan butterflies. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilization, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley, the playground of fairies and nymphs. Legends also associate this valley with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected "Sanjeevani" herbs to revive Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama.The valley can be visited only during the day, and overnight stay is prohibited.
Rare Flora :Ranunculus, Pedicularis, Marsh Marigold, Rhododendrons, Brahmakamal, Corydalis, Bistorta, Epilobium, Nomocharis, Oxypetala, Daisy, Sibbaldia ,Anaphalis, Cypripedium Strawberry,Arisaema Costatum, Himalayan blue Poppy, Dianthus, Calendula, Yellow Anemones, Lilium.
RECOMMENDED TOUR ITINERARY :
Pick up from Delhi Airport and transfer to the Hotel,Local sightseeing of Delhi, Red fort,Parliament Street,India Gate,Humayun Tomb and Lotus temple Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi .
DAY 02: DELHI – JAIPUR
Early morning pick up from Delhi and leave for Jaipur the city with pink colour. Visit Hawa Mahal, City palace, Jantar mantar, Rambagh Palace and other picturesque sites of jaipur. Enjoy the camel ride and visit the Jaipur's bazaar on the camel or elephants back. Enjoy the cultural and folk music and dances of Rajasthan in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03:JAIPUR - AGRA.
Early morning pick up from Jaipur and drive to Agra ,local sighseeing of Agra and Dinner and overnight stay in Agra.
Early morning after breakfast visit the Agra Fort - Foundation led by emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, four of the mighty Mughal rulers controlled their vast empire from here. Wander around the palaces built by successive emperors famous amongst which are Jahangiri Mahal, Khass Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan and Moti Masjid etc. that represents the excellence of Mughal architecture. Fort also serves as a vantage point to view Taj Mahal and it is believed that emperor spent his last days in exile watching the Taj Mahal from here,in Afternoon visit the Taj Mahal (World Heritage Site) - This most beautiful monument of love was built during 1630 by grieving emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal is flawless to its conception and execution. It is aptly said that Taj Mahal is not a monument that can be described in words - one has to see it to experience it. You can stay on to view the monument on the soft light of the setting sun. Overnight at hotel. (Taj Mahal remain closed to visitors on Friday)
DAY 05:AGRA – DELHI - HARIDWAR.
Early morning visit of Tajmahal at sunrise and and drive back to Delhi evening catch the train for Haridwar Dinner & overnight journey by train.
DAY 06: RISHIKESH.
Early morning pick up from Haridwar railway station and drive to Rishikesh,Check in at the hotel and local sightseeing of Rishikesh, Dinner and overnight at Rishikesh.
DAY 07: RISHIKESH-JOSHIMATH.
After breakfast drive to Joshimath 245 km.hot lunch enroute,check in at hotel Dinner & overnight in hotel.
DAY 08: JOSHIMATH-GOVIND GHAT-GHANGARIA.
After breakfast drive to Govind ghat 15km,then trek to ghangaria 14 km with Packed lunch.reach ghangaria.dinner & overnight in tents/lodge.
DAY 09: GHANGARIA-VALLEY OF FLOWERS-GHANGARIA.
After breakfast 4 km trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m ) from Ghangaria with packed lunch. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like brahma kamal, fane Kamal with range of small multicolored flowers make it a delight for travelers.The snowclad peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley come back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 10 : GHANGARIA - HEMKUNDSAHIB - GHANGARIA
After breakfast 6 km trek to Hemkundsahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria.In the Sikh holy book,the Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. We visit Lake & Gurudwara. Again 6 km trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay in tents/lodge.
DAY 11: GHANGARIS-GOVIND GHAT-RUDRAPRAYAG.
14 km trek to govind ghat with packed lunch.further drive to Rudraprayag Dinner & overnight stay in hotel at Rudraprayag.
DAY 12: RUDRAPRAYAG - RISHIKESH.
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh & overnight stay in hotel at Rishikesh.
DAY 13: RISHIKESH - DELHI.
Early Morning transfer to Haridwar Railway station Board the train for Delhi.Pick up from Delhi Railway station Dropping at Airport Tour concludes.
Valley of flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttaranchal, at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains. Unknown to humans, for centuries this is enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the snow melted with the advent of summer. This world famous Heritage Site Valley of Flowers is situated in the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in the far interior of Garhwal Himalayas. Spread over an area of 87.5 Sq. Km. The valley is at an altitude of is 3,250 M to 6,750 M above mean sea level. Many a legend are associated with this vibrant and eye catching Valley, and are often in the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharat. The valley of Flowers National Park starts from Ghangharia but the main valley starts after crossing the gorge and the stream starting from Nar Parvat, At the entrance of the Valley stands the snow-clad peak of Ratban Parvat, towards the left is Nar Parvat, which separates the Badrinath valley from this valley, and to the right is dense Birch forest on the hillsides.