For those who desire to explore ravenous ridges, the fragrance of flowers and idyllic rural life in one go, it will be apt to plan a tour to Valley of Flowers. The mesmerizing destination is located on the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal. It spreads over an area of 87.5 sq.km and promises to offer an euphoric travel experience to adventure freaks. As the name indicates, Valley of Flowers is blessed with more than 300 species of flowers. Their blossoms blows magical appeal during the monsoons, which attracts nature lovers to go trekking in the lofty ranges. The trekking routes are dotted with the indigenous species of flowers, like Orchids, Poppies, Primulas, Calendulas, Daisies, Anemones, Rhododendron arboreum etc. With getting around the greenery, explorers can have a wonderful glimpse of the Bhyundar Ganga in the remote Garhwal Himalayas. The gushing flow of Pushpawati river, overlooked by sky-ward Rataban peak adds to the picture perfect site. trekupindia The trekking itinerary starts from Joashimath to Govindghat Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers park and Hemkund Sahib. While crossing the thick alpine forest, one might encounter wild abodes of many endangered species of animals and birds like Himalayan black beers, Himalayan mouse hare, musk deer, brown bears, Bharal, snow leopard and blue sheep. Temple Tour in Valley of Flowers Joshimath, enfolded in the towering mountain slopes are ultimate route for trekkers, who are inclined towards religious faith and belief. They receive golden chance to visit Narsimhadeva temple, Vasudeva temple, Rudraprayag and Shankracharya Math. Govindghat, a meeting point of Alaknanda and Bhyundar is often checked out for refreshment. A Gurudwara, dedicated to Guru Govind Singh is located on the bank of Alaknanda is a must-visit center. The high and low slopes of Valley of Flowers is also home to unexplored villages. With enjoying the breath-taking task of trekking, trekkers can peep into the village life, tribal traditions and customs predominating the hills. How to reach: By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (315 kms) is the nearest airport. By Rail: The train station in Rishikesh is situated 270 kms away from Joshimath.