A walk to remember; Neeharika Satyavada; The Hans India

India – Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
I waited nervously in the Haridwar railway station, fidgeting with my brand new trekking bag. I was to be off on my first full-fledged five-day trek in the Himalayas. Having only done short half day treks previously, I had no clue as to what to expect. All I knew was I wanted to see the flowers that would have, by now, carpeted the high altitude alpine meadow wedged somewhere beyond the mighty Nanda Devi Peak, for monsoon was here.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers is a breathtakingly beautiful high altitude meadow of alpine flowers in the Himalayas. Located in a transition zone that lies between the Zanskar Region of the Himalayas to the north and the Greater Himalayas to the south, this stunning biodiversity hotspot is accessible only through a trek route through the mountains.
While the actual trek begins at Pulna, reaching Pulna is in itself quite an adventure. Driving along the sinuous Himalayan roads you trace back the river Ganga from Haridwar, back to its birthplace crossing the ‘PanchPrayag’ along the way.

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