Most of the people coming to Valley of Flowers are first timer trekkers. It becomes very important to know how difficult Valley of Flowers trek is.
Govindghat to Ghangaria Trek: From Govindghat to Ghangaria the trek should be approximately 16 km now. It will take almost 8-10 hours of trekking.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib: TrekThe first entry is allowed at 7.00 am and you need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. The trek has become steeper since 2014 as 1 km of the trek has been rebuilt and now we need to go up and come down again. Once we reach 3.5 km inside the valley the trek is almost flat.Ponies are not allowed to enter the Valley of Flowers however you can hire a porter or take palanquin; you need to bear the entry fee cost of porters also along with their charges. Distance to be trekked is depending upon your stamina and speed you can trek between 3 km to 8 km one side in to the valley.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers Trek: Generally this trek is not so tiring and the altitude in the valley ranges from 10500 to 11200 feet. One will be trekking very slow as you will be watching and admiring natural beauty. Ponies are not allowed to enter the valley so you need to either trek or hire a porter or palanquin.
How to reach Joshimath
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Joshimath situated at a distance of 272kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Joshimath.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 250kms before Joshimath on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and many other destinations to Joshimath.
By Road: Joshimath is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Joshimath are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Joshimath is situated on NH58.You can get to Joshimath from haridwar by bus or hiring a taxi.
Best Season / Best time to visit Joshimath
The climate in the town of Joshimath is cold throughout the year and one has to bring heavy protective clothing while travelling to the place. Even the summers are mildly cold in the town of Joshimath. Heavy rainfall can be expected during the monsoon season and extensive showers can be witnessed through the day. Winters are extremely chilly with temperatures touching the freezing point. Snowfall can also be expected in this area during the winter season.
The temperatures during the summer season are mild and they can rise up to a maximum of around 34°C. However the average day temperatures are usually in the mid twenties for the most part. The months of April, May and June form the summer season.
The monsoon season is from July to September. The place receives rainfall from the South West Monsoon and travelling during this time is difficult. Conditions can be cold during the nights as well.
The winter season starts in December and ends in the month of February. Temperatures can drop down to around 0°C during the winter months and snowfall can be seen from the month of December. The temperatures rarely exceed 8°C during the winter months.
Places to See in Joshimath
Kalpavriksha: It is a forgotten tree which holds unsurpassed and unparalleled significance. Kalpavriksha is the oldest tree of India with an age of more than 1200 years. The great 8th century explorer Adi Shankaracharya used to meditate in the shades of this comely tree and the cave where he lived is also situated here. The circumference of this mulberry tree is 21.5mts. This historic tree is now only able to bear flowers and not fruits, but the leaves are still young and fresh. Millions of people visit Badrinath every year unknowingly that the tree they pass through has same age as the Badrinath temple.
Narsingh Temple: This is an ancient temple dedicated to Nasringh Devta at Joshimath which is the home of Shri Badrinathji in winters. The statue of God Narsingh is shrinking day by day and it is said that the day when it will fall, the route to Badrinath will get closed permanently by a major land slide. Narsingh is one of the several avatars’ of Lord Vishnu.
Auli: Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. Auli affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath. Auli will be hosting SAF winter games in 2010. Auli - The Ski Resort of Uttarakhand is also connected with motorable roads, situated 14kms from Joshimath.
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