We were hearing about the Valley of flowers for so long that we decided to cover it this monsoon. After some research we found that Sri Hemkund Saheb, Badrinath and Mana can also be covered as they fall on the same route.
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Basic expenses for This trip would involve:
State AC bus tickets Delhi to Rishikesh(to & fro): INR 1400
Rishikesh to Badrinath(to & fro): INR 1100
Lodging at Badrinath: INR 400 per day + Food: INR 800
Taxi Badrinath to Govind Ghat : INR 100
Lodging at Govind Ghat: INR 800 per day + Food: INR 500
Lodging at Ghangaria: INR 800 for 2 days + Food: INR 1500
Lodging at Joshimath: INR 500 per day + Food: INR 800
Total: INR 8700
We have two person so the rooms and food's expenses were divided among us. In that case per person expense would be: INR 5700
Valley of Flowers National Park: Covered with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the Himalayan at the elevation of ~3500 meter. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. This amazing place is an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site exhibiting plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and diverse fauna in this valley.
Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Saheb: Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru. With its setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks, each adorned by a Nishan Sahib(Sikh Flag) on its cliff, it is according to the Survey of India located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 4,632 meters (15,197 feet).
Badrinath Dham: Badrinath is among the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India also know as the Chota Char Dham. It is located at an average elevation of 3,350 metres about 10,990 feet above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River. This town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu.
Mana Village: Mana is a last Indian village from the border of India and Tibet/China in the Himalayas. It’s been designated as a “Tourism Village” by the Uttarakhand government. It's just 4 kms from Badrinath town. The village is on the banks of the River Saraswati. It is situated at a height of around 3230 meters.
Items to Pack:
The weather at Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb could drop up to zero degree C at night, also as this is the monsoon season, carry a good pair of sturdy and comfortable shoes, rain-cote and some warm clothes. Below is the list for references.
Hiking stick(there will be snow on the top)
A spare bag to keep used packaged
Few candies for uphill climbs to keep a supple supply of blood sugar and prevent dryness of throat.
First Aid Kit