The Bus left us on the main road and went towards Badrinath. From the main road we decided to go down side road towards Gurudwara as the rooms there were highly exorbitant on the main road. We firstly asked in the Gurudwara where Dormitory is free and separate rooms were being given at Rs 1100/- per night for three of us.
But we decided to search outside also and we found a decent room at Rs 500/- per night for three of us. Next we took a refreshing bath in cold water as it was become highly uncomfortable due to 14 hrs long journey of buses. By the time we were feeling highly hungry so we sat in the restaurant next to our guest but it was not up to mine expectations as food and prices both were unreasonable. That night we slept right after the dinner after the long tiring day.
Note :- There is no phone network beyond Gobind Ghat and there is only one ATM in Gobind Ghat which sometimes doesn’t work. So keep it in mind.
DAY 2 :- Next Morning in the dark around 5 am we reached near the bridge, from where we took shared cab for 4km till Phoolna at Rs 40/- per person. After 15min we reached to Phoolna from where we started our trek of 10km till Ghangaria or Gobind Dham.
It was early morning and we only had tea and Maggie for breakfast.Initial hours of trek are normally tough as body needs time to develop the stamina in new conditions. So initially one must start with slow and steady speed eventually the body will gain the momentum.
It’s a 10 km trek from Phoolna to Ghangharia which has steel sheds to escape in rain and dhabas to keep you energized.Initial half is up & down and later half is only uphill hike. But views of forest, river, waterfall and glaciers will keep you motivated.After starting at 6 am we reached Ghangaria around 12pm almost 6 hrs we took from phoolna to Ghangaria (10km trek).
From Ghangaria the trek route of 4 km till Valley of Flowers and 7 Km till Sh Hemkund Sahib Ji divides. As Hemkund Sahib Ji and Valley of Flowers both have timings of 12 pm , it’s worthless to go there after that.
At Ghangaria we found multiple guest house options but we found a decent room at Rs 400/-per night for three of us. There is Gurudwara option also available if anyone want, prices are not known.
After keeping our bags in our room and having power nap for a while we went towards little exploration of town. Ghangaria is well developed town with lots of accommodation options (Even Camps) and food options. It has a Valley of Flowers documentary hall too which shows 25 min documentary @ Rs 40/- per person after 4pm.
Ghangaria don’t have any mobile connectivity and ATM. But it has full nature connectivity with beautiful water fall and mountains.
After walking uphill, watching documentary and having awesome dinner we came back to our room with the dilemma of how to complete Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers in same day as we had time constraints.
At the end we decided that one of our friend – Jagdeep would go towards Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji and Me & Anil would go towards Valley of Flowers.
DAY 3 :- Next day morning we went to different treks one for Sh Hemkund Sahib and two for Valley of Flowers.
The Valley of Flowers has a entry time of 7am-12pm , Rs 150/- per person entry fee and guards also check plastic carriage to count them and ensure the matching of count at the time of exit by keeping Rs 500/- as security. The day we entered into the valley of flowers, it was 600 people who entered into with us. From entry gate it is 4km away.
After few minutes walk into the valley of flowers we saw massive flow of pushpawati river coming from valley of flowers which we crossed with over bridge. After that there is 3 km complete uphill trek where we also found long queues of tourist facing different issues of stamina. Although it was truly tough in the morning time with sunny weather, we were sweating like hell during uphill hike.