The Chamoli District in Uttarakhand is widely known for its splendid hill stations and temples. It also has a historical significance since it is the birthplace of the Chipko movement. This place offers tourists a variety of options for pilgrimages and adventurous treks. Thousands of pilgrims make their way for a spiritual treat to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Tungnath and Joshimath, each year. These places lie at a short distance away from Chamoli. The Teej festival is popularly celebrated here with great charm and fervour. Vedni-Bugyal, Auli-Bugyal, Gvaaldam Gurson-Bugyal, Devaria-Taal, and Roopkund are excellent spots to carry out adventurous treks.

Since Chamoli is situated on the southern slopes of the outer Himalayas, chances of monsoon currents entering the valley are high. Rainfall is at its peak from June to September and might be risky to undertake a voyage to Chamoli during this time of the year. The rainfall gifts Chamoli with a floral attire, thereby, christening it the region of Joshimath as the ‘Valley of Flowers’. The national park located here is also named as the Valley of flowers national park.

Accommodation facilities include hotels, resorts and guest houses which are available for tourists and pilgrims. Chamoli is well connected to other towns by road. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station and Jolly Grant, the nearest airport.

Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers

Just as the name suggests, the place is heaven on earth. It may be difficult to believe, but the Valley of Flowers seems too surreal to believe. The Valley of Flowers is in full bloom in the months from June to October and appears as a carpet of myriad colours.

The Valley of Flowers is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and has been now declared as a World Heritage Site. The entire landscape springs into full bloom right after the monsoon rains. The Valley of Flowers attracts a number of tourists, botanists, florists and trekkers all throughout the year.

The Valley of Flowers is open to the public only during the summers. It is an excellent place for trekking and can be reached on foot by trekking 17 km from the nearest town of Joshimath in Garhwal. You will have to trek about 14 km from Govindghat, which is situated near Rishikesh, to reach Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the last settlement on your way to the Valley of Flowers. You reach the gorge over the River Pushpavati where the valley starts. There are fixed timings for entry into the valley and camping is prohibited there. You will have to return to Ghangaria the same day.

The beautiful valley is situated at an elevation of 3650 m and is delightful to look at. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is mid-July to mid-August. The trek to the Valley of Flowers is very easy and can be undertaken by people who have limited or no experience of trekking.

Best Season: May - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 4329 m

More Details: Guide to Valley of Flowers Trek

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During winter the pathways to Hemkund Sahib Temple, a famous Sikh pilgrim centre in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand remain inaccessible due to the thick snow cover around. Located at an elevation of 15200 meters, the temple is known for extending a long trekking path of 13 KM that starts at Govindghat and a challenging trek up to 1100 meters height through stone paved paths to reach the top. Devotees of Guru Gobind Singh Ji flood to the temple in a large number every year and in the month of May, pilgrims arrive here and repair the damaged roads that lead to the top. A glacial lake and seven mountain peaks adorn the temple very much. Also, the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness remains huge here and the visitors are requested to be physically fit before climbing the altitude.
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