|The Valley of Flowers|
At 10,500 feet, I bring to you glimpses of the elusive Valley of Flowers. A solid reason I have to use the term elusive. You’ll see why.
Trudging through tough terrain for 6 hours on a 14km hike from Govind Ghat, our motley group reaches the destination, Gangaria. Gangaria is the base camp for hikes to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund.
|like the tips of icebergs|
All we could see was something like the tips of icebergs. This was the rock face surrounding the valley. With fog and rain playing relays of hide and seek, we were mere onlookers to the magic unfolding.
On the other hand, it felt as if a series of mesmerising episodes has been shot, cropped and loaded on to wide hd screens for us. Trudging past the oh so high rock face with an uncanny resemblance to the movie Avatar where in the main leads swoop over magical lands with their flying steeds. Fighting for our attention was a glimpse of this lush valley; not to forget the shy smiles of tiny flowers along our path.
|paths through flora|
They say the valley changes colours every few weeks i.e various species of flowers have their unique phases to bloom and therefore if you so happen to visit in June, you will see the pinks and reds of precious rhododendrons. A visit in July as yours truly did, a greeting with blues and purples with take your breath away, you will truly ‘forget me(them) not.’
|Himalayan Bell flower|