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Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Yeotmal alias Yavatmal district, Maharashtra state, India. This wildlife sanctuary is known for its picturesque landscape.

This photo of Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 148.63 square kilometers. The wildlife sanctuary is part of Pandarkawad Forest Division. Patanbori Range and Parwa Range of forests forms the wildlife sanctuary. It is on the northern border of Maharashtra state, adjoining Adilabad district of Telungana state. The sanctuary got is name from ‘Goddess Tipai’, situated near Tipeshwar village, inside the sanctuary.

This wild life sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Teak trees forms the majority of vegetation. The sanctuary is also rich in Herbs. Bamboo forests are also seen as undergrowth in teak forests.

Fauna includes endangered endemic spices. 29 mammals species including some of the endangered species like Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Pangolin, Jackal, Four Horned Antelope, etc, are found here. Since Tigers are also seen here, the sanctuary is also called Tipeshwar Tiger reserve.

This wildlife sanctuary is home to 6 endangered reptile species. More than 180 bird species belonging to 46 bird families are found here. 9 species of endangered birds, including the peafowl, are found in this wild life sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary?

The road access to the wildlife sanctuary is from Pandharkawada. The district headquarters, Yeotmal which is also spelt as Yavatmal, is at around 75 kilometers from the wildlife sanctuary.

Tipeshwar Sanctuary is at a distance of around 35 kilometers from Adilabad Railway station, the nearest railway station in nearby Telungana state.

Amravati railway station and Badnera railway station are at around 165 kilometers distance from the wildlife sanctuary.

Nagpur airport is at around 172 kilometers distance from Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary.

Mumbai is at a distance of around 850 kilometers from Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Best Season to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary is April and May.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve,Sundarban National Park,Ganges River Dolphin, Saltwater Crocodile, Estuary

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans National Park, the largest estuary mangrove forest in the world, in West Bengal, India.

A Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger ReserveA Royal Bengal tiger inside the Sundarban Tiger Reserve / Sundarban National Park.

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is situated on the Sundarbans, part of the Ganges Delta, which is famous for its mangrove forests. Sundarbans is home to a large species of birds, invertebrate species and reptiles, including the salt water crocodiles.

Sundarbans National Park is the core area of Sundarban Tiger Reserve which is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers. This National park is also a wildlife sanctuary. Some of the Vulnerable and Endangered species inside the Wildlife sanctuary includes Ganges River dolphin, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Royal Bengal Tiger, Saltwater Crocodile, and Mangrove Horseshoe Crab.

Hawksbill sea turtleHawksbill sea turtle

Hawksbill sea turtle and river terrapin are two a critically endangered species inside the National park.

There are 54 islands inside the Sundarbans National Park. Seven main rivers including River Ganges, flows through this estuary. The water level at some places goes up to 500 meters.

Sundari Trees is the name of the Mangrove variant found in the Sundarbans National Park. Boat safari tickets are available with the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation counter inside the park.

How Do I Go to Sundarban Tiger Reserve inside the Sundarban National Park?

Sundarban Tiger Reserve is connected to the kolkata – Basanti Highway. The main entrance to the Tiger reserve is at a distance of around 29 kilometers from Canning Railway station, the nearest railway station. The nearest airport to the Wildlife sanctuary; Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Airport alias Dum Dum Airport at Kolkata; is at around 140 kilometers distance from the Sundarban wildlife sanctuary and Tiger Reserve cum national park.

Asiatic Lions and Horseback Safari at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary across the Aravalli Range in Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, India.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as seen from Kumbhalgarh fort.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of around 578 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of around 1,600 feet to 4,300 feet, above sea level.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife park is home to many species of animals and birds, including some of the highly endangered species of animals. Horseback safari and trekking packages are available with local tour operators.

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is now undergoing a Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project from 2009. Lion safari or Jeep safari are available here.

Ancient and Historic Kumbhalgarh fort, the second largest fort wall in the state of Rajasthan, is situated inside this Wildlife Sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary?

Majority of the Tourists to this wildlife sanctuary comes from Udaipur, known for its palaces, lakes, courtyards and gardens. Udaipur is at around 85 kilometers from Kumbhalgarh village, where the entry point to the Wildlife Sanctuary is located. There are other entry and exit points also.

Udaipur City railway station is a major station at Udaipur. Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport alias Maharana Pratap Airport or Udaipur Airport or Dabok Airport is the airport on the outskirts of Udaipur city.

Red Panda & Other Endangered Species at Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary

Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Upper Dibang Valley district, the least populated district in India, formed in 2011, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Red Panda, an Endangered animal species, is found here.

dibang wildlife sanctuary

Red Panda is found in Dibang Wild life Sanctuary.

The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary near Indo-China border, was created in 1992. A beautiful lake is there in the middle of the valley. Dibang River, which flows through the length of the valley, originates in China.

This wildlife sanctuary has an area of 5112 square kilometers. It is rich in flora and fauna. This wildlife sanctuary is home to rare species of animals like Asiatic black bear, Gongshan Muntjac, Mishmi Takin, Musk deer, Red Goral, Serow, Tiger,etc. Its also home to some rare species of birds like Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, etc.

Dibang wild life sanctuary was recently in the news for spotting a flying squirrel named ‘Mishmi Hills giant flying squirrel’ (Petaurista Mishmiensis), discovered near the border of the sanctuary.

Namdapha Tiger Reserve and Pakke Tiger Reserve are part of this wildlife sanctuary. Kameng Elephant Reserve is also part of this sanctuary. Parashuram Kund, a popular pilgrimage place, is situated close to this sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary?

Dibang wildlife sanctuary is quite hard to access, as it lies at the north eastern part of the country. Anini, the capital of the district is the northernmost district capital in India. Roing is the main settlement near to Anini.

Guwahati railway station is the nearest major railway station to Dibang wildlife sanctuary. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport alias Guwahati International Airport is the nearest major airport to the wildlife sanctuary. (Tezu Airport is at around 300 kilometers away from Anini. Itanagar Airport is a new airport under construction in the state. Both these airports are not operational now.)

Jeep Safari in Buxa Tiger Reserve & Trekking Inside Buxa National Park

Buxa Tiger Reserve is a ‘Project tiger’ reserve inside the Buxa National Park at Alipurduar district of West Bengal state in India, along the international border with Bhutan.

Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve

Tiger, Elephant, Indian Boar, Gaur (Indian bison), Civet, Red jungle fowl, etc, are found in large numbers at Buxa National Park, spread over an area of 760 square kilometers.

Jungle safari is available in this Tiger park. Jeep Safari and Car Safari is allowed inside the Buxa National Park. You need to get permission from the Forest Office situated at Rajabhatkhawa or Jayanti. Trekking of 3.9 kilometers is allowed inside the Tiger reserve and National Park from Santhalbari. Trekking tour takes around one hour and fifteen minutes. There is another trekking tour route covering 13 kilometers to Jayanti via Mahakal Cave through dense forests. There are few other trekking tour routes also. The most popular trekking tour route is ‘Pagsamkha Path Trekking‘ from Buxa Fort to Raimatung, via Aadma.

Buxa Tiger park is rich in flora and Fauna. Birds species numbering around 284 are found here. 76 Snake species, 5 amphibians species, 73 mammal species, 450 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 100 species of grass ,150 species of orchids, 130 species of aquatic flora and 250 species of shrubs are found in Buxa National Park and Tiger reserve.

Buxa Fort is associated with the Indian freedom struggle. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is situated inside the Buxa Project Tiger Reserve.

Endangered Species in Buxa Tiger Reserve

Indian tiger (Bengal Tiger), Bengal florican, Asian elephant, leopard cat, regal python, Chinese pangolin, hispid hare, Hog deer, lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), chestnut breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii), great hornbill, white rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis), slender billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), rufous necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca), etc, are some the Endangered species found in this tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Buxa Tiger Reserve or Buxa National Park ?

Alipurduar is the nearest town to Buxa National Park at around 35 kilometers away. NH 31 is at a distance of 25 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve. Alipur duar town and Rajabhatkhawa town are at 20 kilometers away. Nearest Airport is at the one at Bagdogra, at around 195 kilometers away.

Nearest Railway Station is Alipurduar Junction alias New Alipurduar at 37 kilometers away. NH 31 C runs along the southern boundary of the Tiger reserve.

Is Accommodation Available Inside the Tiger Reserve?

There are many hotels and resorts at Alīpur Duar near the Tiger Reserve. The tiger reserve has forest department’s Inspection Bungalows. Sometimes, it is open to tourists for stay there. They are not interested in Tourism activities, as it harms the beasts of the Jungle.

Kudremukh National Park Near Chikmagalur in Western Ghats

Kudremukh National Park is located in Chikmagalur disrtict, Karnataka, India. It is part of the Western Ghats and is spread across the districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi. Kudremukh National Park stretches between Narasimha Parvatha in Sringeri Taluk in the north to Jamalabad Fort in Belthangady Taluk in the south. Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Protected Area for the wild animals in the Western Ghats. Kudremukh is a famous mining town also.

Kudremukh National Park's Horse shaped peak
Kudremukh National Park’s Horse shaped peak

Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. The park is spread over an area of 600.32 square kilometers and located at an altitude of is 1, 894. 3 meters. This Park was named because of the peak’s shape, which is like that of a horse face. (kudure means horse in the local language, Kannada)

There are thousands of perennial streams in the region that converges and forms three major rivers; River Tunga, River Bhadra and River Nethravathi.

Park is home to many a wildlife like Bengal tiger, leopard, wild dog, common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, etc, to name a few. Lion-tailed macaque, an endangered species is found here. This park is listed as Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I site, list of such sites by international agencies like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its Indian arm WWF-India

There are around 195 species of birds in the park and is ideal for Bird watching. There are a large number of reptiles like Snakes and tortoises in the National park.

Kudremukh Trekking

From 6 am to 5 pm, trekking is allowed inside the Kudremukh peak. You need to get trekking permit from the Forest Range Officer. Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, is at 32 kilometers distance from Kalasa. This falls is inside Kudremukh National Park and entry to this falls is restricted from 10 am to 4 pm. Kadambi falls is also inside this national park. Sringeri Sharada Peetham is near to the National Park.

How Do I Go to Kudremukh National Park?

Kudremukh National Park is situated at 50 kilometers from Karkala town. Kalasa and Sringeri towns are at 20 kilometers distance from the National Park. National Park is is at 96 kilometers south-west of Chikmagalur town. Bangalore is at 360 kilometers away from the Park.

Nearest airport and railway station to Kudremukh National Park is at 130 kilometers away at Mangalore.

Accommodation Near to the Kudremukh National Park?

Forest Department has Rest Houses inside the park, which offers accommodation. Kalasa, Karkala & Sringeri are other nearby towns with good hotels.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Ghats

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Western Ghats, in the state of Goa. The Wildlife sanctuary has an area of 208.5 square kilometers. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is also a ‘Project Tiger reserve’, to save Bengal Tigers.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
Nilgiri Woodpigeon, a Globally threatened bird species, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and many endangered species of animals, reptiles and amphibians are found here in the Wild Life Sanctuary.

This park is a heaven for those interested in bird watching. There is an International Bird Area inside the wildlife sanctuary. Globally threatened species of birds like Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul Malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue-flycatcher, rufous babbler and crimson-backed Sunbird are found here in this sanctuary. There are a total of 255 species of birds here, out of which 53 birds are known to breed here.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has two Forest Department rest houses, one each at Valpoi and Keri.

How Do I Go to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Near Goa?

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is in North Goa district and Valpoi is the nearest town to the sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road. The nearest main railway station is the one at Panaji, Goa. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, in the city of Dabolim, Goa.

Manas National Park & Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in the state of Assam, India. This Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and also a biosphere reserve.

Manas National Park
Beautiful Hills inside Manas National Park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 39,100 hectares (approximately 950 square kilometers) and is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. Manas Tiger Reserve is situated in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has many endangered species, including 22 of India’s most threatened species, such as the Bengal tiger, Bengal florican, clouded leopard, Indian elephant, Indian one horned Rhino, Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, pygmy hog, etc,. Bird watching is at its best here, as there are around 500 species of birds inside the National park which lies along the Manus riverbed. There are 5 smaller rivers also that flows through the park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas and is blessed with natural landscape known for its exceptional scenery.

How Do I Go to Manas National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

‘Barpeta Road’ in Barpeta district of western Assam is the nearest town to the National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati, the capital of Assam state, is at around 135 kilometers distance. Barpeta city, the headquarters of the district, is at 21 kilometers from Barpeta Road town. National highway No31 passes through Barpeta.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the nearest airport to the National Park. Guwahati is well connected to other parts of India by train and bus. There are direct train services from Guwahati to almost all major cities of India.

Is there any Manas resorts near the Wildlife park?

There are forest department lodges at Mathanguri, at around 40 kilometers distance from Barpeta Road town.

Do I need to get any entry permits to enter the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park?

Yes; Field Director of Tiger Reserve at ‘Barpeta Road’ town, issues permits to tourists interested in entering into the National Park & wildlife Sanctuary.

Gods Own Country, Kerala

Gods Own Country, Kerala, lies in the southern most part of India. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destination in India and National geographic magazine has earlier recommended Kerala as one of the ‘must see places’ in one’s life time. National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime.

Other than its beaches, backwaters, rivers, hill stations, wild life, flora and fauna etc. Kerala tourism has much to offer to the tourist. Kerala is a good tourist place in India, for sure.

Gods Own Country, KeralaA House Boat in Allapuzha Backwaters

With its natural beauty, Kerala is ideal an a holiday destination. There are 44 rivers and large vasts of backwaters. Hill stations like Munnar and Wyanad makes Gods Own Country a tourist’s paradise.

Kerala’s beaches are known for its pristine beauty; be it Kovalam beach or Cherai beach, or for that matter any other beach in Gods Own Country.

Wildlife in Gods Own Country

Kerala’s Wildlife Sanctuaries are unique for its flora and fauna other than for its wild animals. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady offers boating facilities inside the Periyar Lake to see the beasts of the jungle. Periyar Tiger reserve is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. One can see hoards of Elephants playing in the lake waters. Also seen are Tigers, Sambars, Lion tailed macaques, Gaurs, etc, to name a few. The Lake Palace hotel, the summer retreat of the erstwhile Maharajas (Kings) of the princely state of Travancore, on an island inside the Periyar lake, offers the ultimate in luxury, romance and adventure for any tourist.

Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,Silent Valley National Park, etc, are some of the other Kerala tourist places in Gods Own Country for nature and wildlife & lovers. Many an endangered species of animals including endangered species are found in Kerala’s Wildlife parks.

Bird Watching and Backwaters of Gods Own Country

Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary and surrounding areas offers the best of bird watching and backwater cruise. The backwaters of Kumarakam (The Venice of The East) are known for its beauty. Vembanad lake which lies in the Kottyam, Allapuzha and Ernakulam districts offers backwater tourism activities. One can hire a motor boat or a house boat. House boats offer night stay and food inside the boats. The cook in the boat catches fresh fish from the backwaters, and prepares an exotic fish curry or a fish fry, the taste of which will last all through your lifetime!. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, a small bird sanctuary; one of the richest in terms of bird species in India; is situated within 60 kilometers of Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is another famous Bird Sanctuary in god’s own country, at a distance of 19 kilometers from Kozhikode city.

Nature at its Best in the Gods Own Country, Kerala

Aathirapally falls The Niagara of India and Vazachal falls in Trissur district are among the most beautiful falls in India. Forests in and around Gavi in Pathanamthitta district offers everything for an adventurous tourist. Munnar hills and Vagamon (Asia’s Scotland) are two of the best hill stations in the country. Wayanad offers the best of hills, caves, waterfalls, wildlife, etc.

Remains of an Ancient Civilization in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Marayur is known for the Stone Age Civilization and remains of which are still found there. Unique Dolmens and rock paintings dating back to 10000 B.C. are found in Marayur.

Something Special About Gods Own Country –  Kerala

Martial arts of Gods Own Country, Kerala

Northern Kerala, especially Malabar region, is famous for one of the oldest fighting systems of Martial arts called Kalaripayattu. Kalaripayattu was practiced in olden days to defend the country from enemies. The place where this form of Martial arts is practiced is called “Kalari”. Some Kalaris in olden days had thousands of trainees. During the British rule, Kalaripayattu lost its predominance as firearms replaced martial arts and British banned Kalaripayattu.

Culture and Heritage of Gods Own Country

Thrissur Pooram FestivalCaparisoned Elephants at Thrissur Pooram Festival

Aranmula Snake Boat race and Alleppey Nehru trophy boat race are a real treat to the eyes. These are conducted on the 5th day after Onam (in August or September) and in the second Saturday of August respectively.

Heralded by UNESCO as “The most spectacular festival event on the planet“, Thrissur Pooram Festival, conducted in the month of April / May every year, is the fusion of culture, heritage and temple rituals and of course, the mother of all Fireworks. Caparisoned elephants decorated with colorful accessories made of peacock feathers and yak tail and other accessories that go with it, and the way it is swayed rhythmically to the tune of the Kerala’s traditional instrumental music like Chendamelam, Panchavadyam and other forms of traditional music, makes Thrissur Pooram, truly the most spectacular festival event on this universe.

Religious Tourism in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Sabarimala Sree DharmaSastha Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Guruvayoor Krishnan temple, Chotanikara temple, Kodungallor temple (and an array temples at Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Ochira, Attukal, Aranmula, Ambalapuzha, Pandalam, Kulathupuzha, etc.) , Malayattoor church, Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin, etc, makes Gods Own Country an ideal destination for your pilgrimage tour.

Health Resorts and Ayurveda Tourism in Gods Own Country

Kerala is well known for its Ayurveda institutes. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is the leading Ayurveda institute in Gods Own Country and in India. Kerala Ayurveda Ltd is another well known company, known for its products and treatment. There are a large number of other well known institutes also in Kerala state. Many of these institutes have their own Health resorts to treat patients.

How Do I Go to Kerala, The Gods Own Country?

The Gods Own Country, Kerala is one of the southernmost states of India. There are 3 airports at Thriruvananthapuram alias Trivandrum, Kochi alias Cochin and Kozhikode alias Calicut. Kerala is connected by roads and trains to other parts of the country.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is near to Badrinath in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand state, India on the Western Himalayas. It is quite hard to access this valley and hence was not known to the outside world, until 1931. In 1931,  Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton, and R.L. Holdsworth accidentally stumbled upon this area on their return journey from Mount Kamet, the second-highest mountain in the Garhwal region. It takes four days of trekking

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park
Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park was declared as a national park in 1982. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site (along with nearby Nanda Devi National Park), at 3250 to 6750 meters above sea level. The main valley is 8 kilometers by 2 kilometers in length and breadth. this national park has an area of 87.50 square kilometers

Flowers in the valley of flowers National Park changes its colors at different times/days according to the colors of the flowers and is one of the most beautiful High Altitude Valleys of the World. Himalayan valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is rich in flora with different species of valley flowers.

Alpine flowers, a rare species, is found only in this Himalayan Valley National Park in the world. There are many other species of flora in this valley.

Valley of flowers India National Park is rich in fauna with many endangered species of animals like Snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear.

Nada Devi National Park borders Valley of Flowers National Park.

Valley of flowers trekking is a major activity in the Valley of Flowers National Park.

How Do I Go to Himalayan Valley of flowers in Uttarakhand?

Valley of Flowers National Park is around 600 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport to the flowers valley is at Dehradun, at 300 kilometers distance.

Rishikesh, at around 275 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway head.

Joshimath is the nearest town to the valley.

Normal Trekking Itinerary to the Himalayan Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara

Day 1

Summary – Reach Joshimath. From there, go to Govindghat. Then trek to the Base camp at Ghangaria.

Details: Govindghat is at around 6000 feet altitude and around 22 kilometers from Joshimath on NH58, is the point where trekking to Himalayan valley flowers National Park starts. You need to trek around 13  kilometers from Govindghat to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.  (Only BSNL mobile phones have signal in these areas; that too very week signal.)

You may travel a distance of around 4 kilometers up to Pulna by Jeep, from Govindghat. In that case, you need to trek only the remaining 9 kilometers to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.

The last entry time at Ghangaria base camp is 3 pm. (Sometimes, this may get relaxed by an hour or two or a little longer, if you are lucky and hold the previous bookings. Again, this relaxation is totally dependent on the officers on duty there.)


You can go by mule to the valley of flowers base camp at Ghangaria. It lacks adventure and costs Rs 1000 or even higher in some cases.

There is a Gurudwara at Ghangaria. Free food and accommodation are available here.

Day 2

Summary- Ghangaria base camp to the Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria base camp

Details – The paradise, i.e. the valley of flowers, is at around 3 – 4 kilometers from the base camp at Ghangaria. It requires passing through some of the dangerous trekking rails, to reach the valley.  After spending some time, you are required to trek back to the base camp, on the same day. (You are not allowed to stay overnight in the valley of flowers).  Return trekking is even more dangerous.

Note: From Ghangaria to the valley of flowers, there are people who carry those who can not walk, inside the large baskets on their back.

Day 3 (Optional)

Summary – Trekking to the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara

Details – The famous holy Sikh Shrine of Hemkund Sahib is also near to the Ghangaria base camp. It is around six kilometers distance from the Ghangaria base camp, at around 14100 feet altitude. 

Those who are interested and adventurous can trek to this holy place. It takes one day for the to and fro trekking to the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara from Ghangaria base camp; a total of 12 kilometers, including return journey. You are not allowed to stay at the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, after 3 pm.

Bhrama Kamalam flowers are seen on the route to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara.

Note: There are mules for those who are unable to walk to the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara from Ghangaria base camp.

Day 4 / Day 3 (For those who avoided the optional third-day trek to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara )

Summary – Return from Ghangaria base camp to Govindghat and then back to Joshimath town, thus ending the trekking package to the Himalayan valley of flowers.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit the Himalayan Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers National Park is open only for 5 months, from June to October, as it is snow-covered during other months. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and night camping inside the valley is not allowed.

Valley of Flowers National Park is only for the medically fit, as it requires a strenuous hike of the Himalayas.