Today finally we will be heading to the actual Valley of Flowers, from Ghagharia it is a 3 Km trek (groan) to the start of the valley, entrance fee is Approx. 150 for Indians and Rs 600 for foreigners, and today is again a damp day, some rain and low clouds on the horizon, we got our self a packed lunch, a pack of Biscuits, a bar of chocolate and some fried rice, we are off at 0700 hours, we have the whole day to trek to the valley and then another few hours t explore, we are informed we can stay back at the valley , we would have to start on the return journey by 1430 hours
As we start we realize it is again a steep trek with a good 60 degree incline trek, it was going to be a messy day ahead, I took shelter behind a little tin hut and took off my warm clothes, I was already sweating and we had walked maybe 500 meters, it was approx. 10 degrees, but I had worked out a sweat quick and I knew the raincoat would be a much needed piece of garb I would be having all day long.. We had a few stream crossings and water crossings fresh water from the glaciers flowing below us as we crossed the streams on rickety tin bridges
|The field of flowers|
As we walked suddenly they were all around us, and they were of different types, sizes and shapes, some we had seen , some we had not before, it was a amazing sight
Yes curiosity got the cat , and a visit to the local video store will help you identify some of the flowers that grow in the valley.
Many a merry traveller will make make for lovely images as you walk along the path, we spend a few hours taking in the scenes
|My Friends Ronald D' Costa and Cristina|
|Enroute to the Valley|
and the flowers
The flowers are such because they want to attract the insects for pollination purpose it is all about propagating life. All of this beauty just so creation can go on, just so the insects are here to help carry on with life.
|Bees in Action|
Even for people who are not able to make the trek they too can enjoy the sight thanks to Pittu it is a basket that one sits in and the locals can carry about 100 kg on there back on this steep climb, for approx. Rs 1800.00
Every amazing day does need to turn around and one needs to head back to base, come 1430 hours its time to start back home
|Heading back to base|
Take your time walking back, there is a guard at the entrance who checks out the name of all the visitors who had gone in for the day, the temperatures so drop quiet a bit at night, and is more like 9 degrees at night
VOF done now it would be about heading back the next day to Ghagaria and back to the world we came from.
The return journey via mule was a different experience and quiet a walk, I would much rather do the walk then the mule but then had already paid for the Mule so here we are moving back to Govindghat on the Mule