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I reached Govind Ghat Gurudwara, ahead of Joshimath, which was my first stop for the trek to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib, after a long day of a journey that included three halts for roadblocks due to the landslides. Govind Ghat looked like a tiny hamlet at the foot of the mountains. The town consists of less than 50 homes and two main streets. I got out of the shared jeep contemplating on…

Want to do the Valley of Flowers Trek? Then you have come to the right place. I did the Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib independently traveling solo for 6 days. There are many Valley of Flowers package tours, especially in recent years, which offer group tours with guide. But is it required? Because I managed to complete the Valley of Flowers trip in 4000 INR, traveling totally on a budget from Bangalore. Don’t believe…

After making it to the base camp, i.e. Ghangaria, I had to decide on which hike to do first – the Valley of Flowers or Hemkund Sahib trek. I asked many locals about what’s the best order, and most of them suggested me to do the toughest first, which was Hemkund Sahib trek. So I went ahead and did it. And believe me, it was an amazing & exhausting experience! It was more challenging than the…

I woke up to a cold morning in the quaint village of Ghangaria. I walked upstairs with sleepy eyes to do a quick weather check. I hoped for a better weather, especially wished that it didn’t rain. Because I had braved the rain and trekked to Hemkund Sahib the previous day, and let me tell you, it’s exhausting to trek in a heavy downpour. Add to that heavy winds, rapid gain in the altitude and…

“You would be camping in the Thar desert for the night,” said the manager of the guest house when I asked him about the camel safari in the Thar desert in Jaisalmer. I enrolled for camping as the thought of stargazing in the night was too tempting to resist. I joined a group of 7 to 8 people later and we started off in the afternoon. The hot weather didn’t dampen our spirits. These people…