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Hemkund-Badrinath-Valley of Flowers

Hemkund-Badrinath-Valley of Flowers

HISTORY: Gharwal is known for its jungle and wild life.It is very well connected by road/trains and by air. Hemkund,a sacred lake claiming connection with past life of Tenth saint of Sikhs(Guru Gobind Singh)was discovered by a Bengal Rifles,Sikh sepoy. And from then on, thousands of pilgrims visit this lake every year  ,situated at 4250 Mtrs.Badrinath is Hindu ancient temple which is also visited by thousand devotees from all over the country/world.

POPULAR ITINERARY:Govind Ghat is road head which is situated at National Highway. Haridwar-Joshimath and from here Govind Ghat is approx. 3 hrs. drive.

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Day1 : Start early from Govind Ghat for Govind Dham. (Gradual ascending trail with 2-3 hrs. of walking). As this is Sikh religious place, please do not smoke, take alcohol or expose in public. Gestures like hugs and kisses are taken very seriously.

Day2 : Start early from Govind Dham, now trail ascends bit steeper and soon you shall be among clouds and climbing rock stairs. Holy lake of Hem Kund is there. A cup of tea is given to one and all without any consideration. For men and women, covering their heads with a peace of cloth is mark of respect for sacred book of Sikhs. So, do according to people around you are doing. Come back after spending some time up there.

Day3 : From Govind Ghat, trail leads to Valley of Flowers. This is very magical and mysterious place and it is recommended not to stay overnight. Valley of flowers is really a memory to cherish as in Sept.-October season, all you will witness is rare species & flower families in full bloom. Mystical scent of millions of flowers and combination of colors is a life long memory.

Day4 : Govind Dham-Govind Ghat: This descending to road head can be converted to further traveling to Joshimath.

Day5: Joshimath-Haridwar & Back .

PHASE1:     For Hem Kund, journey goes through very scenic mountain view. The river Ganga flows with its mighty power. This river is soul  of  Hindu religion and one can see impression of religion on common Indian man..We have to reach Haridwar which is well connected by trains and buses from all over the country.From Haridwar,one can take bus/taxi for anywhere in the mountain.Reaching Joshimath is somewhat coool experience as weather changes very dramatically. From screeching heat of planes to a cool wind of mountains!!  Pilgrims usually visits Joshimath gurudwara and then advance for Govid Ghat. Reaching Govind Ghat and you will see festive mood everywhere. DO NOT TRY TO SMOKE OR DRINK ALCOHOL IN THIS AREA(TREK).Irrespective of religion/caste/creed...boarding and lodging is free for anyone who wants to stay there.

PHASE2:    Start early,many people start their trek around 5.0 AM. This will help in avoiding direct sun over your head when you cross tree line.There are numerous food stalls and people enjoy sitting there,eating different dishes and relaxing.The trek is almost of normal gradient.It can take 3-4 Hrs. for a average walker to reach Govind Dham. This is  Advance Base  Camp. Again there is free boarding and lodging. One can see many people complaining of high altitude syndrome but effective management of  Gurudwara trust had helped people ,always..........Stay here for night .

PHASE3:    Again start early as there will be a ceremony at lake temple around 7.0 AM which many people takes pains to see.Now sudden steepness of trek takes out your breath. Zigzag stairs and then crossing a glacier and again stairs..after a good effort..one reaches HEM KUND. For a guy like me,it was bit of shock to see people bathing in icy water but perhaps belief plays great role in human life.Photography inside the gurudwara is not allowed..so do not attempt..otherwise you can use your camera at your will . If you are experienced trekker,make a  descend to Govind Ghat. Otherwise you can stay at Gurudwara and next day visit VALLEY OF FLOWERS which is having bifurcated route from Govind Dham. If you do not want to stay in religious places(gurudwara) there are many guest houses/hotels also.

NOTE : No photography/smoking  restrictions in Valley of Flowers . Overnight camping in VOF is not recommended and permitted by state govt.

 

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