Mt Kamet, a mystical Valley of Flowers has captivated humanity. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. The rainy season, especially July to early September is the best time to visit, when endemic flora of various hues carpet the 7-8km long, 2km wide valley.
A 4km stone paved trail from the base Ghangaria follows the Pushpawati river. Cross waterfalls and wooden bridges, stop for dhaba meals and marvel at the Nilgiri, Gauri Parvat and Bhyundar Khal peaks as well as the magical swathes of colours blanketing the valley—blue Himalayan poppies, hooked stickseed, purple Himalayan bell flowers, white river anemone, Himalayan rose, meadow geraniums and more.
Return to Ghangharia and spot the rare Brahma Kamal flower on the 6km hike to Hemkund Sahib.
Getting there: Fly to Dehradun and drive 20km to Rishikesh. From there, take a 9-hr drive to Joshimath. Drive another 20km to Govindghat and then for 4km to Pulna. Hike 9km along the Pushpawati river via Bhyundar village to Ghangharia, from where Valley of Flowers is just about 4km away.
Out of all these experiences which one would you go for this monsoon? Let us know in the comments below! Any of them would be a memory inculcating getaway and a time to remember and recall for forever!
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