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Budget Backpacking: Valley of Flowers & Badrinath

Welcome back to our ‘Guest Posts Series’. Our guest writer Sandeep Kumar Bhagat would share his Budget Backpacking trip to Valley of Flowers Trek and Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. This trek is famous for its monsoon time beauty. The whole valley blossoms up with numerous varieties of beautiful flowers. One could witness nature at its best in this trek.

Valley of Flowers and Badrinath

Dates: 26th July 2018 – 30th July 2018

  • Total Cost of the whole trip per head:  Rs 2,730/- (Transport + Stay + Food Expense).

Travel Partners:

1: My Senior Colleague Bikram

2: Inderjeet Singh Bist (A senior citizen, aged 62 years, contacted me through one of the travelers’ group after seeing my earlier post). He is completely fit and an amazing person. This is my first trip with him and he won my heart. By seeing his activeness and stamina I dare no one can say he is Senior Citizen.

Initially, I planned to do this trip solo but at the end, it's become a group trip.

Day 1: 26/07/2018

Route: I.S.B.T (Delhi)-Chamoli (Uttarakhand)

We started our trip around 8:30 PM from I.S.B.T, New Delhi. I was expected to grab the last seat to sleep as I always do that because nobody would take the seat for a long journey of ordinary buses so I always choose to travel in non-peak time to avoid a rush. But this time case was different. The bus was completely full, and I was like “Lag gai is baar” and both the seniors were laughing at me and said not every time is a good time. “Yeah I know”, I replied sarcastically and we started our journey. Along with the bus rain also started, but I was really excited this time because I would be going to trek in a rainy season, which I always wanted to do. I believe in facing and experiencing every type of situation whilst traveling. So, always try to do something which is outside of my comfort zone.

  • Cost Details: Delhi to Gopeshwar= Rs 680/- per head

Day 2: 27/07/2018

Route: Chamoli-Joshimath-Govind Ghat-Pulna Village-Ghangharia

We were expected to reach Gopeshwar around 11:30 AM but we talked to the bus conductor and he told us to get off the bus at Chamoli from where we could get shared jeep to Joshimath. We agreed to him and around 10:45 AM at Chamoli, we left the bus, freshened up, had our breakfast and got a shared jeep to Joshimath. From Joshimath, we boarded another shared jeep to Govind Ghat and reached there by 2:10 PM. There we get to know that entry for the trek was limited to 2 PM only. So we just ran towards the entry gate. And it was raining heavily at that time; we were in waterproof jackets and reached the entry gate. We tried to get an entry but a cop stopped us and asked to return, but we requested a couple of times to let us go but he denied. I again tried and he got irritated and shouted at me “Don’t you understand Hindi? There is no entry after 2 PM if you want to enter then go to Police Station nearby and bring written permission for the same”. And that time I was like about to cry. We had very limited time in which we had to cover VOF (Valley of Flowers), Hemkund Sahib, and Badrinath. But we had some luck with us (luck is for the bravest!!-truly admiring quote. 🙂 ), a jeep driver came to me, grabbed my hand and took me to other side and said if you want to go then come in a shared jeep at Rs.40 /-per head and he will drop us to Pulna village which was around 4 km. So we grabbed this deal and our trek reduced by 4 km. From Pulna, Ghangharia is around 11 km. We started our trek immediately as it was almost 3 PM and raining continuously. Treks were slippery so we were walking slowly. Trekking in heavy rain was not the same as trekking in clear weather. Initial 6 km was a normal trek, preceded by 1 km which was completely plain trek and last 4 km was slightly inclined, a toiled path and “Lord Inder Dev” was not looking happy on us as it was raining continuously. We slipped a couple of times but the best part was no one got hurt.

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Bet you will fall in love with this view!!

I believe monsoon is the best time for trekking as we can see all lush green mountains, seasonal waterfalls, and amazing scenic beauty. We saw 20+ seasonal waterfalls during this trek and all were amazing. The trek was strenuous and we were facing difficulties especially in the last 4 km (but the experiences which we got in return compensated that pain)

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Seasonal waterfalls!!

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Felt like heaven on earth!!

I was thinking about my partners who must be ready to kill me as this was my idea to trek in monsoon and none of them was a frequent trekker but the strange part was that they were enjoying too. That moment I realized that if we travel with buddies having the same passion and mindset then the experience we get is commendable. Both were adventurous like me and I was enjoying with them too. We reached Ghangharia around 7:45 PM. We got a room in Rs.400/- for 3 persons. That was the cheapest deal we found there. We had our dinner and went to bed immediately as we had to wake up early to complete both VOF and Hemkund on the same day (as per plan).

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Spectacularly Scenic Beauty!!

  • Cost Details: (Chamoli – Joshimath= Rs.100/- per head), (Joshimath – Govind Ghat= Rs.50/- per head), (Govind Ghat – Pulna= Rs.40/- per head), (Room = Rs.130/- per head),   (hot water =Rs.50/-per bucket)
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Day 3: 28/07/2018

Route: Ghangharia-Valley of Flowers

Next day around 5:00 AM in the morning, I woke up with a strong noise outside like someone was throwing something on a tin roof. When I opened the door I was amazed to see a wall of water in front of me and I could barely see the next hotel which was just 20 meters ahead of me. But at the same time, I was very much excited by the thought of one more day of trekking in heavy rain. But my mates denied and they preferred to wait for a while until it slowed down.  So, no other choice was left for me and we waited till 7:00 AM. Meanwhile, we had our breakfast, by that time the rain slowed down and then we started our trek around 7:15 AM from Ghangharia. We reached the VOF entry gate around 7:45 AM (500 meters from Ghangharia).

  • Ticket Price at VOF: Rs.150/- per person for Indians and Rs.600/- for foreigners.

Valley of Flowers Trek:

From ticket counter, half km towards VOF was a plain trek preceded by a river crossing and the next 1.5 km was slightly upward trekking and rest of the trek was completely plain (overall it was an easy trek). We reached there by 8:45 AM.

My eyes were sparkling by the first sight of the beautiful valley. It was cloudy but got a clear view of the valley with a light shower of rain and mild wind with no hope of sun.  Valley was completely covered with a green belt thrived with blooming flowers of different colors and varieties. I was quite excited that I took the wise decision to come here in monsoon. I am pretty sure this type of beauty can’t be seen in another season. It was peaceful and beautiful.

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The view locked in my eyes and didn't allow them to move and blink as little as possible.

We planned to stay there by 11 AM and then leave for Hemkund Sahib. But we were not lucky this time. Around 11 AM valley was surrounded by dark grey clouds and it started raining again. We waited for a couple of hours in the valley and finally decided to leave as the rain was not going to stop. We also dropped the plan for Hemkund Sahib as it was a totally steep trek of 6 km to Hemkund. So we started moving back to Ghangharia at 2:00 PM and reached there by 3:30 PM. While returning back, I slipped two times and had a little injury (no worries). We reached our room, had our lunch, sat for a couple of hours chit-chatting and then went to bed early as we had to leave early so that we could visit Badrinath and return back to Delhi on the same day as early as possible.

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Cost Details: (Room = Rs.130/- per head,  hot water=Rs.50/- per bucket, VOF entry Ticket= Rs.150/- per head).


Day 4: 29/07/2018

Route: Govind Ghat-Badrinath

We woke up early and left for Govind ghat at 6:30 AM. This was the 1st day when we didn’t see rain and all of us were really feeling good. At 9:15 AM, we reached Govind ghat and there I found my ex-colleague who was just starting his trek. We sat together for a couple of minutes and then we left for our respected destinations. We headed towards a bus stand and got to know that the public transport and shared jeep would be available only after 3 PM for Badrinath. The only way was to hire a cab, so we did that (we had no other option) and headed towards Badrinath at around 10:30 AM.

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Car breakdown!!

On the way, our cab broke down which cost us 15 mins, but the way to Badrinath was damn beautiful. Lush green mountains and their peaks were covered with milky clouds, truly magnificent views.  We reached Badrinath at 11:15 AM. We visited the temple, stayed there for around 1 hour and returned back to Joshimath. We hired a shared jeep to Chamoli and reached there by 3:00 PM.

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Badrinath Temple

Day 5: 30/07/2018

Route: Chamoli-Haridwar-Delhi

From Chamoli, we expected to catch a direct bus to Delhi. But we reached late and a bus had already left. So, we took a shared cab from Chamoli to Haridwar. We reached Haridwar around 11:30 PM and then took a bus to Delhi. We reached Delhi at 5:30 AM.

Cost Details: (Govind Ghat – Badrinath – Joshimath = Rs.500/- per head),(Joshimath- Chamoli = Rs.100/- per head), (Chamoli – Haridwar = Rs.500/- per head), (Haridwar – Delhi = Rs.250/-).

This trip has given me a new adventure and experience. I have learned a couple of things and hope my upcoming trips will teach me more.

That’s all from this trip.

Keep Smiling and keep Travelling

🙂

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Experience the valley of flowers trek in monsoon. Yeah, you heard it right. Monsoon is the best season for this trek as you would get to see variety of flowers at full blossom in this season. That is from which it got its name.

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51 thoughts on “Budget Backpacking: Valley of Flowers & Badrinath

  1. Nazir

    Happy reading and viewing your pictures on Valley of Flowers.
    I felt being there myself spending the said amount and seeing nature.
    Thank you and congratulations for precise and to the point narration.
    The entire series was one the best budget travel series I have read in blogs. Kudos

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad to know that you liked this post. We prefer to help people in knowing that one can travel anywhere if wish is true and budget is no constraint. There are many ways to rule out the thinking that only rich can travel. Thanks for your words. It means a lot. Great day❤️

  2. Rosario Leggans

    This is a impressive story. Thanks!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks!

  3. Janeen Smedick

    Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks!

  4. Ernie Coventon

    With thanks! Valuable information!

  5. Hilton Baltruweit

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you find it helpful. Thanks!

  6. remo

    WOW! Such a mesmerising pictures. would love to visit the place some day. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks!

  7. Mohit Agarwal

    This is a great post and loved the detailed explanation and the images supporting it.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you liked it. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Chadwick Oehmig

    With thanks! Valuable information!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad 🙂

  9. Michael Hodgson

    Looks like a grand, and very wet adventure in a beautiful part of India.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, it is the specialty of this monsoon trek. 🙂

  10. umiko

    Oh, wow! The views on the trails surely are beautiful! I think monsoon season is the right time to go?

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, monsoon is the accurate time to go for this trek. This is known for its monsoon beauty. The whole valleys bloom in monsoon only. That is why called as monsoon trek.

  11. Alexander

    This looks like an interesting mountain hike. Exactly as I like. Beautiful views and mountainous landscapes. would like to get there with my camera

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, I am sure you would do great justice with the beauty of this trek through your lens. I admire your photography. 🙂

  12. Danny

    I love a good hike, and I love good photography! This piece had both! Thank you 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks for appreciating! 🙂

  13. Stephanie Wanderlust

    What a wonderful experience and those photos are so beautiful!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! 🙂

  14. alison

    This valley looks stunning especially during monsoon season. Looks like a great trek and it is a great read

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! It is a great trek. 🙂

  15. Aswathiashok Unnikrishnan

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed post.Very informative.There is so much to explore in India .Will definitely use this post when I visit.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you find it helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  16. Andykaufmancharactertony

    Thanks so much Gloria.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      🙂

  17. Alex

    We’re always looking for new treks and this one looks beautiful. Very helpful that you included cost information too. Thank you.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you liked it. Thanks, Alex 🙂

  18. Navita Deshpande

    We had been very unlucky with Valley of Flowers last time we planned. Reached Haridwar and it would not stop raining and this was in the season – August! Another trip is planned.. hopefully soon. This post was a good reminder!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      I wish you good luck with your plan to execute successfully. Hope you would share your experience with us.

  19. Soumya

    Always wanted to do the Valley of Flowers trek. And this post really makes it look like it is worthwhile to give it a try. Such amazing pictures along the way.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, it is a wonderful trek. One must experience.

  20. Andrea

    I would never have thought of trekking during monsoon season!! Perhaps you’ve persuaded me! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, no one could imagine to trek in monsoon season. But Valley of Flowers trek is meant to be explored in monsoon only. That is the beauty of this wonderful trek.

  21. Ee Sing

    Love the pictures. Makes me want to step foot on the ground looking at those greens!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Truly, that view close to nature is wonderful to experience.

  22. Utsav Srinet

    Pictures looks so magical 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! 🙂

  23. Amy Dodd

    Looks like a lovely trek to the Valley! and such great photos a long the way. 🙂

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Yes, truly it is a wonderful trek. Thanks! 🙂

  24. Anna

    I absolutely love detailed posts like these! These posts are exactly what I’m looking for when I’m visiting somewhere – so informative!

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Glad you find it helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  25. Taryn

    India truly has it all. I would never have guessed India based on your photos. What a beautiful, green place with awesome views!

  26. Supriya Bhardwaj

    Thanks for appreciating!

  27. alka

    Very informative….good work

    1. Supriya Bhardwaj

      Thanks! Glad you liked it. 🙂

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