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Anybody travelling to VOF between 10thaug- 17th aug...
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Originally Posted by nomad101 View Post Anybody travelling to VOF between 10thaug- 17th aug...
I'm planning a trip to VOF around that time. I'm planning to leave delhi/gurgaon on 10th evening and plan to get back on the 16th morning.

What's your itinerary?
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I am doing the VOF-Hemkund-Badrinath circuit from Aug10 to Aug19What info do youo need?
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We are leaving 14th August 2012 night from Delhi for VoF, Hemkund & Badrinathji. We plan to be back by 19th August (Sunday). We are three persons right now and short of one person as one of the member is not getting his leave granted. I shall be driving myself.
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Originally Posted by dixit_vishal View Post We are leaving 14th August 2012 night from Delhi for VoF, Hemkund & Badrinathji. We plan to be back by 19th August (Sunday). We are three persons right now and short of one person as one of the member is not getting his leave granted. I shall be driving myself.
Do you have experience driving in hilly regions? I'd be interested in joining your group and sharing the costs. I still don't have 10 posts so you can't PM me, but you can reach me at 9650134689
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Originally Posted by elpolloloco View Post Do you have experience driving in hilly regions? I'd be interested in joining your group and sharing the costs. I still don't have 10 posts so you can't PM me, but you can reach me at 9650134689
hmmm....I would like to quote in Hindi...aapne to izzat ka faluda kar diya.
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Heya guys... Thanx for the reply.. We are planning to leave for rishikesh on 9th nite from delhi isbt & wd travel to Vof , hemkund sahib & badrinath & should return by 18th max.. & we are 2 of us for now & yes are budget travellers PM me whoever is intrsted in accompanying us or maybe catching up on the way
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My Experience of Badrinath, VOF, Hemkund and Auli trip

our (dheeraj singh, gurgaon) itinerary was as follows

on 10th aug 2012-
as the char dham yatra was suspended few days before due to lands slides, we were apprehensive, we should move or not. Everybody in the family was willing to go to vof. On 9th, cm of uttaranchal declared that the badrinath route is opened. So, we started from gurgaon at 0430 am in two wagon r cars (3 families, 6 adults aged 45, 42, 39, 37, 36 and 35 and five children aged 15, 11, 8, 7 and 3 years). By 1030 am we had crossed rishikesh. We had our breakfast in muni ki reti after rishikesh. About 10kms from rishikesh, one of the cars struck with a stone which was lying on the road in the middle. (driver was confident that the car will go thru the stone easily as in plains). But, unfortunately the car was struck in the middle. And as a result, the gears were jammed. So take care of the stones, if you are travelling with a small car as stones in the hills are really rock solid. Fortunately the second wagon r was around to get a car mechanic from rishikesh. It took about two hours to come back to the track. Throughout the journey, we took a special care for the stones (even we have personally removed most of the stones from the road). We might be lucky, that this incident happened near rishikesh. We again started to move at 0130 pm, by 0600 pm we were near gauchar. We confirmed the availability of accommodation at gmvn guest house by telephone (as we had all the gmvn hotel telephone numbers which were in our route). By 0630pm we were in the guest house. One room costs us rs 730/-. Rooms were tidy and manager mr nautiyal and other staff were helpful. By 0830 we were at dinner table. The food was great. It was home-like. At about 0930 pm we were on the bed. Roads upto srinagar were in good conditions. After srinagar, the roads were in terrible conditions at the places where the landslides had occurred.

On 11th aug 2012-
next day we started early at about 0545am in the morning. In the night, there was little change in our plan, we decided to visit badrinath first. As one of the family was short of time and they wanted to visit badrinath. We reached joshimath by 0930 am, as we had heard of the gate at joshimath that opens at 0930 am, we had postponed our breakfast. We found no gate there. On enquiry, some body told us that we will find the gate at pandukeshwar. So, we kept moving, we crossed govind ghat and pandukeshwar, but, we found no gate. After crossing pandukeshwar, we decided to have breakfast, we prepared which we carried from gurgaon. We again started to move enjoying the natur panorama en-route. But, the road (about 5 km stretch) was really horrible. At one place there was recent landslide. We waited for 10 minutes, before it was opened for traffic. We reached badrinath at 0100 pm. Roads upto badrinath were in great condition except
the landslide and rock fall zones
thanks to the border road organisation for the great work. More over they had stationed machines at those places where the landslides are frequent. We purchased fresh apples en-route.
We booked 3 rooms in a guest house for rs 400 each. Rooms were ok. Considering that they were costing rs 400 only, rooms were good. There were no geysers. We had to shell out rs 40 per bucket for hot water when required. Due to the roads, and less time one family had, we decided to utilize the time we had on that day. We decided to visit mana village and vasudhara fall that same day (which we realized later, was a big mistake). We went to mana by our car. We visited bhima pul, and decided to go to vasundhara fall (5 km track from mana). It was already 0330 pm. We hired a guide in 500 rs. As it was late, and it was better to have a local guy with us we started to move as quickly as possible. I purchased some biscuits and maaza bottles from mana. After 3/4th of our journey whole of our liquid was exhausted. We were very tired. Anyway we reached vasudhara fall by 0500pm. We spent some time there, it was wonderful staying there.

We started to move to mana as there is a nala on the way, whose water level could rise in the evenings. On the way my daughter complained of severe headache and cold (which was due to lack of oxygen actually, vasudhara fall altitude- 3350m approximately). She started to cry. Any how we reached mana before it was dark. On the way we enquired about medical aids available at badrinath. It was available at bus stand and in the army camp as was told by the guide. We immediately rushed to hotel room, the attendant there immediately fetched kapur pills and told us to make it sniff to the persons having scarcity of oxygen by tying it in a hanky. At least, three of our tour members were down with loss of oxygen. We decided to have our dinner at the room only. We had our dinner by 0900 pm.

12th aug 2012
we got up at 0600 am. It was pouring whole night. It was great sight as fresh snowfall occurred at neel kanth peak in the night. My daughter was smiling again. But, i had some health issues. We started to visit badrinath temple 0700 am. We took bath in tapt kund. Purchased prasad and visited the deity. It was nice feeling.

We were back at our rooms by 1000 am after having our breakfast at saket restaurant (breakfast was good there). We started to move for govind ghat at 1100 am. And was there at by 1200 noon. We parked our cars in a parking, which costs rs 400/- till you come back. We booked three rooms there in hotel him giri (perhaps) in rs 400 each. But, in govind ghat, hotels and food are terrible. I don’t think, they even change bed sheets and quilts when a new guest arrives. We took rest and did our purchasing (rain coats rs 20, water bottles rs 35/2 liters, etc.). We all were in the bed by 0900 pm so as to get up early next day.
13th aug 2012
we started for ghangharia at 0600 am. It was a great track. We enjoyed the path and the scenery around it.

There were food, cold drinks and water available through out the track, but, up to ghangharia, the rate was exactly double that was in govind ghat. But, we realized later on that we should have hired a pithoo for our luggage. It started raining in afternoon, when we were 3 km from ghangharia. We had to hire horses for children, which costs us rs 300 each. Rate of horses at govind ghat was about rs 1000/-. Finally, we could reach ghangharia at 0600 pm. The last 3 km was horrible because of the mule dung. We stayed at guru kripa hotel, as all the hotels was almost packed as we reached there. Hotel and the food there was not good at all. Hotel costs us rs 900/- for four room and rs 800/- for three rooms plus rs 50 for one bucket of hot water. Later on we found out that good hotels was not much there. Only gmvn guest house (which has very little rooms and booked already), holiday inn (bookings from delhi only), hotel kuber and camps by sarovar group (which is costly). We did our dinner and went into the bed by 0900 pm.

14th aug 202
we got up at 0630am, took our breakfast and packed some additional paranthas for valley of flowers. We could move out at 0830 am only (which we found later on that was a mistake). Valley of flower opens at 0700 am. We could reach there at 0900am only (two hours late). Ticket to valley of flowers costs rs 150 per head, which is valid for 3 days. Though, they did not give any receipt for the ticket, but, told everyone that their name has been entered in the register. From ticket counter, the track to valley of flower is 3 km. Which is a good track, it also has lot of flowers.

Horses are not permitted in valley of flowers. We reached gate of valley of flowers at 1200 noon. In hilly terrain, with children your average speed normally is 1 km per hour while climbing. We had our lunch at valley of flowers. Vof was awesome with flowers all around. From a distance, it seemed that there is not much flowers ahead. But, after reaching there one realizes that it is full of flowers. We went almost 2 km in the valley. We decided to move back at 0130 pm as it was started to rain and one has to be back by 0530pm. We wanted to go further in the valley, but, those 2 hours which we were late in the morning costs us dearly. By 0300 pm we were at the hotels, it was still raining (by this time, we realized that it is normal phenomena here, it rains daily in the afternoon). Its take half the time while getting down in the hills. We realized we could have started at 0300 pm from valley of flowers. We were drenched when we came back to hotel (there are all types of rain coats available costing one around rs 20, 30, etc. But no use, so if you have better rain coats at home carry them). We had tea (food and tea at ghangharia was just a formality). Ghangharia is a dirty village type base camp for vof and hemkund sahib. 90 percent of the tourists there were for hemkund sahib. That day everybody was quite tired. One of the families returned next day. We had dinner at 0700 pm and were in the bed by 0800 pm. We decided to hire horses for the children for next day.

15th aug 2012
we got up at 0500 am in the morning and moved out by 0700 am. We hired two horses one for two children and one for one adult and one children. It costs us rs 500/- each. The way to hemkund was a steep climb of 6 km. But, at the same time, it was a fantastic track.
Only thing, there is no toilet before hemkund sahib. 2 km before, one of the female tour members was very exhausted due to lack of oxygen. We decided to hire a horse for the lady in rs 300/-. Rest of the members kept tracking. We reached there at 1130 am. Without children one’s speed is above normal 1 km per hour speed. The scenery and lake at hemkund was awesome. After taking dip (actually we just poured some drops on our head and washed our faces only, though some of the devotees was taking a bath in the lake).
We visited gurudwara and laxman temple. We started for langar after darshan in gurudwara as we had not taken breakfast that day (though we had plenty of chocolates, dry fruits, water, etc in the way. Water is a must while tracking to keep oxygen level intact). On the way to langar, we found one dispensary there (the lady member was still very tired and was looking in horrible condition). The doctor there was indeed very helpful. He gauzed oxygen level immediately (it was found to be 65, while at that altitude, it should have been 85). He immediately gave oxygen to inhale and four pills each to be taken that time and after dinner. We were surprised to see the dispensary as it was having all the modern instruments including oxygen. The doctor there comes in may for five months for seva and rest of the months, he practices in dehra dun. Though medical aid is available in gurudwaras at govind ghat and at ghangharia (sikhs call it dham), but, it appears, persons there distributing medicines are not proper doctors. The lady member felt immediately much much better. We moved for langar. In langar, there, only khichchdi is available with some sabzi and tea. But, that food was wonderful. After gaucher, we had some quality food. It was 0200 pm. By 0200 pm, it started to rain and kirtan and gurudwara both stops at 0200 pm. Nobody is allowed to stay at hemkund. We started to move downwards. But, to our surprise, there was no horse (all horses were booked, rest of the places there are available in plenty). With no option left, we started to move. We covered the whole distance in 3 hours time. Both the older children had no problem (in fact, there were ahead of us). We reached hotel room at 0500 pm. Again, we were soaked in rain water (today, we had purchased rs 30 raincoats, but, result was same. These raincoats have stitches, which give away to water very easily). We had tea. We decided to take langer that day as everybody was fed up of the hotel food. Gurudwara was just in front of our hotel. Food (sabzi, daal, rice, kheer, etc) at gurudwara was much much better than the hotel food. Though khichchdi was even better at hemkund. We were in our beds by 0800 pm. And decided to move early next day for govind ghat.

16th aug 2012
we started to move at 0700 am. Again we hired two horses costing rs 450/- each for the children. Hiring a horse is beneficial as you can two or three bags on to it. We reached govind ghat at 0100 pm. Had our breakfast in the way. We packed our car and started for auli, which was 33 km away from there. We reached auli by 0300 pm. The 4 km ropeway at joshi math (longest in india, costing rs 500 per head) was not functional. It was a steep climb for auli by car (auli is 14 km from joshi math at an altitude of 2700 m , while joshi math is at 1800 m only). We booked four bed room hut in rs 1900/- at gmvn hotel. Hotel was quite big and nice. We had our lunch (rice and chili paneer), which was again very good home-like food (all gmvn hotels and guest houses appear to be serving good food, though this one was surely lacking in service. Employees there appear to be lazy government employees type). We did not go anywhere that day, because we were so tired. (getting down appears to be more difficult that climbing in the hills, as our thighs, knees were in pains, foot nails were sore as they struck in the shoes, when one gets down). In that big hotel, only one or two families had come as this was off season. But, the weather at auli was very pleasant. We washed all our soaked clothes and wired them in the open air (in ghangharia, the humidity level is so high that once your clothes and shoes are wet, they are not dried, so, carry extra clothes for ghangharia. One more advisory for ghangharia, book a good hotel in advance, as we had initially planned to visit vof for two days, but, due to the pathetic hotel and food, we could not muster courage to stay there for one more day. And it is better not to stay in govind ghat for this particular reason, better to stay in a nearby town as joshi math, chamoli, pipalkoti, etc. And start early from there and reach ghangharia same day, which is easily feasible. There is no gmvn hotel or guest house at govind ghat). Any way, we relaxed that day at auli had a nice dinner (only daal and garhwali daal and chapati). We were in our beds by 0900 pm.

17th aug 2012
we got up at 0700 am next day. After taking a good bathe (which was pending from two or three days, as hotels we stayed in badrinath, govind ghat and ghangharia has no geysers), we were ready for breakfast. Breakfast was again good. Even milk (bourn vita and chocolate milk) for children was, also, good there. We went for lift chair car whose way is via hotel only. Many people visit that place only for lift chair car. It was costing rs 200/- per head for both sides. But, that ride was worth it. We decided to go to the garrison top. We went quite deep in the jungle. Found a meadow there. But, was not sure, it was the same huge meadow or not. We were in fact little scared as there were some langoors hopping there at trees. And there was not body there except us. Due to rainy season, there was no track marks to guide us. Plus we had not torch with us. So, we decided to head back at 0300 pm. Though that jungle was very beautiful with big trees and we could easily imagined to go there in summer would have been wonderful. The jungle in auli was very much resembling to the jungle shown in the hunger games .there is a lake, also, there 1 km from garrison top which we could not find. As we were advised by locals, it is difficult to find that lake without a guide. Any way, we lost our way while coming back and again we were scared. But, kept getting down. Finally we saw man made lake at auli, then only we could sigh a relief.
Though actually, we did not get down from the same way as we had climbed up. After taking lift chair car, we reached dining room of our hotel at 0400 pm. Lunch was over by then. We ordered some pakodas (paneer, veg, finger chips, etc), which was again very good. We reached at our room, relaxed there. All our clothes had dried. Took our dinner at 0830pm. Went to bed. This place auli is really very nice (with good fresh air, quiet place, only thing, we wished it would have 100 km near to rishikesh)

18th aug 2012
we had thought that we can reach rishikesh easily in 7-8 hours. So we got up at 07000 am, took bathes, had breakfast. And moved out of the hotel by 1000am. We were short of cash now, so, took cash from sbi atm at pipalkoti. Road conditions were better than the time we came here. We crossed chamoli gopeshwar, nand prayag, gauchar, karan prayag, rudra prayag, srinagar, we were in dev prayag by 0630 pm. Rishikesh was still 70 km away and it was already getting dark. We decided to move to rishikesh. Rains started in the way. Even fog started. There was very little traffic on the road. We kept moving cautiously. Finally, we reached rishikesh by 0900 pm. And stayed at a relative’s place for the night.

19th aug 2012
next day, when we got up and we saw the time, we were surprised to see that it was 0900 am. While at hills, whenever we got up and saw the time. It was never more than 0700 am. May be it is due to the fresh air in the hills, that you are rejuvenated fast. We had our brunch at 1100 am and started for gurgaon at 1200 noon. We reached at gurgaon by 0500pm thanks to the improved highway and sunday.
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Valley of flowers in august

Hello friends,
we are two persons got valley of flowers planned in august 1st or 2nd week.we got trek arrangments completed but still not fixed the dates as we wish to have few more partners with us.3 or 4 persons can join us.
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Originally Posted by lifeaboat View Post Hello friends,
we are two persons got valley of flowers planned in august 1st or 2nd week.we got trek arrangments completed but still not fixed the dates as we wish to have few more partners with us.3 or 4 persons can join us.
Hi Lifeaboat, I am from Mumbai and was looking to join a group who are planning for a trek to VOF in August. Let me know if i can join your group. Also if you could share your travel plans it will be great.
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Quite an old thread but still sharing this if anyone is planning for hemkund sahib

Hemkund Sahib Tours have been suspended till further orders (June 17, 2013)
http://sikhtourism.wordpress.com/cat...hemkund-sahib/

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