The Valley Of Flowers is located in the Garhwal ranges of Uttarakahnd,20 kms from Govindghat and is one the UNESCO sites in India.We attempted to trek the region with Trekking gears,Sleeping bags,Battery torch lighter,tents and sports shoes.It was a tough 20 kms steep trek with one halt in Ghangaria at night.I got a hiking dress for the same along with my friend who was trekking along with me to the region.There were mountain horses,waterfalls and stony rocks in the way and giant curvy mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas.
The pristine mountains of the Garhwal Himalayas in Ghangaria had taken our breadth away along with the various species of rhododendrons and wild flowers blossoming all around.We had to spend the night in our tents with Roti-Dal tadka for dinner and a light breakfast at 5 am in the morning to begin our final trek of 5 kms to the Valley of Flowers region.Another way from Ghangaria is the famous Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib which is at a distance of around 6 kms but considering the shortage of time we had to skip it for this trekking tour.
This time the monsoon played spoilsport in our journey and incessant rains and thunderstorms had dismantled the bridge which is a very important means to reach the UNESCO sites.So we had to make our own way to reach the spot and it was difficult as the place was officially closed and the locals were not allowing us to enter the region.But we convinced them that we will be safe and make our own pavement in an intelligent way to reach the spot.
So we took the unpaved way through the ridges and mountains but it took much longer for us than the normal route to reach there.We also spotted some wild beers hovering around the region and they were scared of us as we were operating in groups so they ran away from our sight.Once we entered the site we found the beauty of the pristine mountains and heavenly flowers blooming and flourishing all around the region.
The Valley of Flowers is home to various species of rhododendrons and heavenly flowers which are not found anywhere in India.That is the reason why it is described as one of the World Heritage UNESCO sites.The grasslands were green with wild heavenly flowers blossoming all around the region.The mountains were also covered with green grass and there were no signs of ice or snow during this time of the year.I also thought of finding Sanjeevani,the life saving herb in this divine region so kept on wandering around to find its species.The cool breeze blowing in the morning made the mood very romantic and pleasant and felt like staying the day there itself.But it was not possible due to security issues and other disciplinary reasons so had to come down to Ghangaria and descend our way back to Govindghat.The memories ensnared in our mind are something to cherish for entire life and I also encourage young travelers to visit the region atleast once in their lifetime as its not possible to find a place in India with all 4 combinations namely wild heavenly flowers,pristine mountains,waterfalls and divine elegance of Mother Nature.
Nainital,a small hill station in the Kumaon district of Uttarakand is a wonder of Mother nature that attracts millions of travellers across the globe.A weekend gateway drive of around 6-7 hours from Delhi will take you to important places that fall in the way which are Rampur,Bilaspur and Haldwani.There is another route via the Corbett National Park to reach Nainital but the time taken is much longer than the normal route.
Nainital is famous because of the mango shaped Naini lake situated within the region and it takes a mango shape if viewed from the top.The perception is easily comprehensible and the vision is quite enchanting and rewarding for any passionate traveler.On viewing the lake from the top we can see the boats and people sitting on them and enjoying the cruise.There is a huge difference in taking the photos from the top rather than on the lake side as the scaling would be better.The pristine mountains boundering Nainital are amazing and mesmerizing and the presence of snow makes it look and feel like Heaven.Attractions within the region include Tiffin top which is the highest point ,Echo Cave gardens,the Naini temple,Naini lake and the Snow view point.Important places that can be reached from Nainital are Mukteswar(The Shivatemple),Ranikhet,Almora,Pittoragarh,Binsar,Kausani,Chaukhori and Munsiyari(End of Kumaon Himalayas).
Temperature remains cold mostly throughout the year with snowfall occuring in the winter months of November,December and January.The region looks like a treasurer of fresh snow and the smell of snow can decoy and hypnotize any individual.Trees and houses remain covered with snow and are mostly invisible and the entire area looks as if snow has garland the entire region with the Naini Lake in the middle of the panorama.
Reminisce arising from this region are quite promising,graceful and rewarding for any backpacker or hardcore traveler and would give the urge to visit the region again and witness the beauty and the grandeur of the Pristine Himalayas bordering Kumaon.All that is required to make it more memorable and fanciable is to have a good camera,proper trekking gears and sleeping bags during the journey.If one loves Nature more than material possessions and people then Nainital would be the perfect destination for the same.
Munsiyari,a notable place in the Himalayas is the garland of the Kumaon range from where the beautiful peaks are a few distance from the human touch.Important peaks that are visible are the Panchchuli, Hansling peak,Trishul to name a few.The experience was very enthralling for me and I visited the place with one of my closest friend and even sparks memories now to tell this to all my friends in a closed room making a video documentary on the travel episode.I was the happiest person at that time in the planet as I could see the entire Kumaon and some portions of the Garhwal Himalayas all at one go from one stand point.The winds and the mountains talk in Munsiyari if one can feel the same from his inner soul
.The whole atmosphere is electrifying as there is mountain wilderness all around the region.A few kilometers up the region will take you to the famous Khalia Top where it is requited to climb the glacier and the peaks even come more closer from the reach of the humans.
Home stays are available for travelers at cheap/affordable prices.Food option is also provided if anyone wants to be their own chef and prepare the same.It would be a good option to visit Munsiyari in a group rather than solo travel as there are lot of other places in the Kumaon range to see and witness and make a documentary on the travel.
Munsyari can be reached from Nainital by covering a road distance of around 12 hours by car.The route is easy to follow as places like Ranikhet,Almora,Kausani and Chaukhori fall in the way and if a driver loses direction it can be tracked from the Uttarakhand Kumaon map.Munisyari is also known as the garland of Kumaon as it is at the summit and the top point of Kumaon Himalayas.The Milam Glacier trek also starts from Munsiyari and is one of the most important and top 10 treks of the country that a traveler can experience in his time period.
Delhi,NCR(National Capital region) of India is now three in one,i.e yes Gurgaon,Noida and Delhi all combine into one and forms the NCR.It is basically now an acquisition of three states namely Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and Old Delhi after the merging and transformation.Undoubtedly NCR is the smartest city now in India with lot of FDI and revenue pouring in to restructure and realign the system and the economy.
In terms of safety,it is unfortunately the least rated cities of India with lot of injustice and harm done to young girls.Kiran Bedi has done a wonderful job in increasing awareness in the city among people and positive responses have been seen in the last few months with rape and other anti-social activities on the decline.
Delhi is in the center of the Indian map which increases the intensity of the earthquakes. Tremors are always felt first in Delhi whenever there is any deviation in the Richter scale. Most places in India are easily accessible from Delhi in a night journey’s time frame. The pollution keeps on mounting due to increase in the number of vehicles in the city causing air pollution.It is every individual’s responsibility to take care of the environment and use eco friendly measures to safeguard the environment.Many agencies have been set up in the city to cultivate the same and we wish something good and positive turns out in the near future.
The Red Fort,India Gate,Akshardham and Lotus Temple are few of the major attractions in the city.Also lot of weekend drive gateways in the hills and the mountains are available for the Delhites.A one-to-one relationship must be established beween the Delhites and the government to prevent it from becoming a gas chamber.Also bribery should be legalized if it is really required in the city to safeguard the diversity and the heritage of the nation.
ApharwatGlacier,located in Gulmarg,Kashmir is at an altitiude of around 4000 metres above seal level.Climbing Apharwat requires 2 steps i.e one halt at Khilanmarg and the other at the summit .The climb begins from Gulmarg which is known as the garland of Kashmir.It’s a steep ascent so it is very important to pack your gears and boots and become acclimatized to the big climb.Climbing to Apharwat from Gulmarg involves two stages,one halt at Khilanmarg village and then take the cable car route to Apharwat glacier.However the entire route can also be traversed by taking a horse but the time taken would be much longer than the cable car.The place remains covered with snow throughout the year and winter sports like skiing,snow ride are the promising and exciting happenings and events across the entire region.
The transformation nowadays is amazing and unique and travellers get to see complete new view of the peak and its surroundings due to climate change and recent development around the region.The entire city of Srinagar is visible from the top and the captivating sight can blindfold any traveller.Kargil,the base camp of the Indian army is also visible if we go and delve a little further.
From the top can be seen the black mountains of The Northern Himalayas covered with ice which encircles and encompasses the entire region.There are even lot of activities around he region like skiing and ice skating for tourists and young people.Winter sports is also practiced sometimes and is often known as one of the beautiful skiing destinations of India.
After a steep climb of around 4-5 hours we managed to reach the summit from where the beautiful grasslands in the mountains were clearly visible and a wonderful and blistering sight capturing and enticing the mind of any traveller.