How to reach Valley of Flowers

Reaching Valley of Flowers from New Delhi

How to reach Valley of flowers? : Reaching Valley of Flowers from Delhi takes minimum of four days which can be explained as below.

How to reach Valley of Flowers | Day 1 :

From New Delhi to Haridwar
Distance 200 Kms.
Mode of Transportation available Train, Bus, Taxi or own Car.

New Delhi to Haridwar by Bus :

From New Delhi to Haridwar one can go by Bus. Non AirConditioned Buses are easily available from Anand Vihar, Interstate Bus Terminal, but AirConditioned Buses are available on selected times only. You can get a ticket if you reach at least an hour before departure. Volvo Buses are also available from Anand Vihar, ISBT. It takes around six hours from New Delhi to Haridwar by Bus. If you are coming by Air to New Delhi, from Airport to Anand Vihar, ISBT you can use Taxi or Delhi Metro. It takes around an hour from Airport to Anand Vihar, ISBT. We recommend you to travel by an Air Conditioned Bus from New Delhi.

New Delhi to Haridwar by Train :

Trains are available from New Delhi to Haridwar but reservation should be done well in advance. Journey by Train is the least tiring if we compare by road journey. To check seat availability from Delhi to Haridwar click here.

New Delhi to Haridwar by own Car or Taxi :

Traveling by a taxi or own vehicle from New Delhi is a good option. But we recommend you to not to take own vehicle beyond Haridwar. The road condition specially in Chamoli District is not so good for own driving. You should prefer a driver from hilly region for this journey. If you want to hire a taxi from New Delhi to Haridwar call us.

You can enjoy evening aarti at Har ki Paudi, Haridwar. Overnight stay in Haridwar.

How to reach Valley of Flowers | Day 2 :


From Haridwar to Govindghat :
Distance 300 Kms.
Mode of Transportation available by Road only.

From Haridwar to Govindghat by road takes a minimum of 10 to 12 hours. You should start early in the morning not later than 5.30 a.m. to reach in time. Sometimes there may be road blockage due to landslides. So be punctual always. Since July and August are the peak season for Valley of Flowers and it is the time when monsoon is in full swing you may have to face landslides. Kindly hire a taxi from Haridwar to Govindghat as own vehicle is not at all recommended and public transport facility is also not so good and not recommended for such a long journey. You should keep you taxi with you for the whole trip and do not try to save some bucks by sending taxi back when you are away on trekking.

By doing this you are putting yourself in the risk of no vehicle while coming back as the taxi may not be able to come to pick you up due to road blockage. Moreover, you may not end up saving anything moneywise. Overnight stay in a pre booked hotel at Govidghat. contact us to book a hotel at Govindghat.

Haridwar to Govindghat
Haridwar to Govindghat

Preparations for the next day : Although you are tired by a long journey but we recommend you to divide your luggage into two parts i.e. one part you will be taking on your trek and the other you do not need for the trek. You can leave your luggage at Govindghat either in your hotel or in a clock room at Gurudwara.

How to reach Valley of Flowers | Day 3 :


From Govindghat to Ghangaria :
Distance 14 Kms.
Mode of Transportation available By trekking, By Pony, By Porter or Palki or Helicopter.

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Trekking:

Since you have come for a trekking tour we recommend you to trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. It takes approximately 8 to 10 hours from Govindghat to Ghangaria by trekking. There are several advantages of trekking like you will not miss any beauty of nature. There are many flowers which are available from Govindghat to Ghangaria like Impatiens Devendrae,Polygonum Capitatum, Arisaema Tortuosum, Leycesteria Formosa and many more which can be seen only while trekking. We recommend you to start early to have a luxury of walking slowly and enjoying nature. You should start not later than 7.00 a.m. in the morning. Kindly have your breakfast before starting your trek.

Pulna Village on the way of Govindghat to Ghangaria
Pulna Village on the way of Govindghat to Ghangaria
Starting of trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria
Starting of trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria

If you are having heavy luggage you may go in for a porter. Porters are available @ Rs. 600 800 from Govindghat to Ghangaria. You should always keep your porter with you because you may need anything from your luggage like camera, battery, eatables, umbrella etc. Do not keep anything valuable in your luggage with porter for your own safety and mental peace. By evening reach Ghangaria and stay in pre booked hotel. To book a hotel in Ghangaria kindly contact us.

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony:

By doing this you are putting yourself in the risk of no vehicle while coming back as the taxi may not be able to come to pick you up due to road blockage. Moreover, you may not end up saving anything moneywise. Overnight stay in a pre booked hotel at Govidghat. contact us to book a hotel at Govindghat.

You can also use pony from Govindghat to Ghangaria. It takes approximately 4 hours from Govindghat to Ghangaria by pony. You can use pony to conserve your energy for the next day when you will be trekking to Valley of Flowers. Even using pony is not a luxuries option some people feel trekking is better than pony. Overnight stay in Ghangaria in a pre-booked hotel. To book a hotel in Ghangaria kindly contact us.

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Porter or Palki :

If you are accompanied by children or some senior citizen you can use porter or palki (group of four porters take you as shown in the picture). A single porter can carry a person weighing less than 55 kgs. He carries the person in a basket on his back (you can see in picture). A single porter is to be preferred for a child. It takes approximately 6 to 8 hours by porters from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Overnight stay in Ghangaria in a pre-booked hotel. To book a hotel in Ghangaria kindly contact us.

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Porter
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Porter

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Helicopter:

Flying of helicopter is dependent on weather conditions. Since the peak season to visit Valley of Flowers is also the peak monsoon season depending on helicopter in your planning should be avoided. In the month of July and August helicopter does not fly for days together. It takes only two minutes from Govindghat to Ghangaria by helicopter. Helicopter drops you at helipad near Ghangaria from where you need to trek upto Ghangaria. From helipad Ghagaria is only at a distance of 1 km. You can get a porter at helipad ground to take your luggage upto Ghangaria. The cost was Rs. 3500/ per person in 2012 for one way trip from Govindghat to Ghangaria. You may expect some increment in coming years. Overnight stay in Ghangaria in a prebooked hotel. To book a hotel in Ghangaria kindly contact us.

If you are using pony or helicopter and you reach Ghangaria before 12.00 noon you may try to go to Valley of Flowers. The entry to Valley of Flowers closes at 2.00 p.m. and you should be out of the park before 5.00 p.m. The entry ticket is valid for 3 days. You can cover the first 1 km. inside Valley of Flowers and click all macro photographs of flowers. This step will save your time the next day when you will come to Valley of Flowers again. Your chances to reach up to Pushpawati River bed will be higher.

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Helicopter
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Helicopter

How to reach Valley of Flowers | Day 4 :


Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers
Distance One side 6 kms.
Mode of Transportation available by Trekking and Porter only.

Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a protected area. Ponies are not allowed inside Valley of Flowers. So you need to trek only and you can use porters for children or elderly people as explained in day 3. Porters go only upto 3 kms. Inside the Valley of Flowers after that you need to go of you own.

Today you should get up early in the morning have breakfast and get your packed lunch and reach Valley of Flowers gate by 6.50 a.m. as it opens at 7.00 a.m. As soon as it opens take your ticket and enter the Valley.

Entry gate of Valley of Flowers
Entry gate of Valley of Flowers
Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers
Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers trek
Valley of Flowers trek
Trek inside Valley of Flowers
Trek inside Valley of Flowers
Pushpawati River Bed
Pushpawati River Bed

If you have come to Valley of Flowers on day 3 also you need not take a fresh ticket, just show your ticket to the forest officials and enter. This will save your time in taking the ticket. After entering do not waste lot of time in clicking photographs. We know it is very beautiful even near the entry gate itself and you will be lost in the beauty of nature but it is also true that Valley is at its best near the Pushpawati River bed and you should reach up to that point.

Generally local guides and other tour operators do not take you to the Pushpawati River bed. We are organizing trekking tours to Valley of Flowers and our founder Mr. Devkant Sangwan accompanies all the groups at least on the day when group is going to Valley of Flowers. We ensure you to take to the deepest part of the Valley of Flowers.

Since you are coming from so far and spending lot of time, energy and money to reach up to Valley of Flowers, you should not be deprived of the actual beauty of the Valley of Flowers. We have observed that almost 95% of the people visiting Valley of Flowers do not reach up to Pushpawati River bed. We feel really sorry about the ignorance of those people. To book a seat in our group kindly contact us. Here are the fixed departures for 2013.

how to reach valley of flowers

This page explains you how to reach valley of flowers from New Delhi. What are the different ways of transport available on the way, what are the different ways available to skip trekking. On which day the ponies and porters available and when the helicopter will be available between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Trek itinerary

Detailed day wise itinerary for the trek to Valley of Flowers. The distance to be covered, altitude gains and mode of transportation to be used has been given in this page. This itinerary has been designed using our years of experience. You may also follow the same.

Best time to visit valley of flowers

Detailed analysis of what is the best time to visit valley of flowers with picutes and videos of the valley in different seasons. Valley of flowers is accessible only for four months in a year and changes its colors, weather and the flowers very rapidly in these four months so it is very important to know what is the best time to visit valley of flowers.

Best time to visit valley of flowers

Valley of flowers is our passion and we started this site as a hobby and we have started organizing tours to the valley 5 years back. The author of this website Mr Devkant Sangwan accompanies you to the valley personally so that you do not miss out anything. Read our upcoming tours to the valley and if interested to join us please contact us.

Photo Gallery

Photo gallery of valley categorized according to flowers with their colors (Detailed properties, flowering season and where you will find these flowers in the valley has also been given), landscape gallery, gallery of earlier groups taken by us to the valley. These group galleries are also important to decide about the best time to visit as you can see the landscapes in the background in different dates. A must visit page to see the real beauty of the valley.

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