Add colors to the grey-white mountains by Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers as the name suggests is a dreamy walk into the flowery world of the Himalayas. It is the only trek that is renowned not for snow or rocky mountains but for colorful, vibrant, lively flowers. One of the easy treks that offer panoramic views of widespread blossom. Although the trek is open only after summer season when the rainy season incepts it is a favorite trek. July to September is considered the best time when the flowers are fully flourished. Yet, just as the specialty of every Himalayan trek, this trail too offers snow-capped mountains, freezing cold rivers, dense forests, and silent lake views. Joshimath directs the way to this majestic valley. A bus ride from Joshimath to Govind ghat is 22 km long and Alaknanda river flows throughout the path. The route is along Badrinath highway which has lots of twists and turns with wonderful sets of villages along the road. Govind Ghat is a pilgrim spot filled with religious people. Henceforth the trek begins, one can choose a porter or a mule ride to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp of both Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers trek. Hemkund Sahib is the highest gurdwara situated at 4,392 meters. The route to this mystic gurudwara has a steep ascent and it takes around 4-5 hours to reach there. Adjoining the gurudwara is also a Lakshman temple and mirror-like lake, Hemkund. The lake is perfectly placed between the seven snow-clad mountains such that it magnifies the beauty around it. Melting glaciers of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed this lake. It is believed that Guru Govind...