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Need Help with Valley of flowers, Badrinath, Rishikesh, Hemkund Sahib

#1 Mar 24th, 2019, 23:09
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Hi fellow travellers,

I am planning for Valley of flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Haridwar, Rishikesh & Badrinath. I had few queries for which I needed your help. Below is the plan I have made and it’s followed by my queries.

Day 1 ) catch the overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar
Day 2) Stay at Haridwar/Rishikesh
Day 3) Get a bus to Govindghat/joshimath
Day 4) trek to Ghangaria
Day 5) Trek to VOF & back
Day 6) Trek to Hemkund Sahib & back
Day 7) Trek to Govindghat and catch a bus to Badrinath
Day 8) Travel to Rishikesh/Haridwar and sightseeing…overnight train to delhi
Day 9) Flight from Delhi back home
Below are the queries…Please help guide me for the same
1)I also want to see vasundhara falls if time permits-how much time will will it take for the complete trek mana-vasundhara-mana?
2) Should I stay in Rishikesh or Haridwar on day 2, which place I get more frequency for Govindghat?
3) should I stay in Govindghat or Joshimath?
4) Badrinath night stay is suggestible or should I come back to Joshimath?
5) should I try to do advance bookings for Joshimath/Govindghat/Ghangaria/Badrinath?
6) Please suggest some good budget hotels in rishikesh/haridwar…My mum wants to see the temples in Haridwar and the Ganga Aarti on day 8 or day 2. Kindly suggest if the plan needs to be amended in any way.
7) Possible to stay at any ashram’s in Rishikesh or haridwar? Will they allow stay for a day?

Please help if you can for my above queries. Thanks.
#2 Mar 25th, 2019, 19:42
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Hi Sanjay,
You didn't mention the dates you wish to travel as hotel accommodation is relative. You get extremely costly hotels in peak months of May/June and then the prices tend to taper off.
In my opinion getting to Govindghat from Haridwar/Rishikesh might be an uphill task because of the 2 reasons - you are travelling by bus and the distance is very long to cover with bus.
So - instead of staying at Haridwar/Rishikesh look upwards on day 2 towards the evening and stay somewhere around Srinagar/Kirtinagar or Rudraprayag.
I have never travelled by public transport so will leave experts to comment on the availability of buses/shared jeeps.
Try to stay at Govindghat instead of Joshimath as it gives you a headstart for the trek.
Govindghat - Badrinath - Haridwar itself seems impossible. You cannot add Vasudhara to it - as it is a 4-5 hours trek both ways depending on your fitness.
On day 8 - I doubt if traveling by bus you can reach in time for ganga aarti - it will be an extremely long day for you.

~Amit.
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@amit
Thanks a ton for your reply. I am planning to travel on 19th July from mumbai to delhi and overnight train to haridwar. Kindly find the new plan below.

Day 1 ) catch the overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar
Day 2) Stay at Haridwar/Rishikesh with sightseeing
Day 3) Get a bus to Govindghat/joshimath morning 5 am bus
Day 4) trek to Ghangaria
Day 5) Trek to VOF & back
Day 6) Trek to Hemkund Sahib & back
Day 7) Trek to Govindghat and catch a bus to Badrinath
Day 8) Travel to Rishikesh/Haridwar
Day 9) Sightseeing and overnight train to delhi
Day 10) Flight from Delhi back home

So should i stay one day in Badrinath or in haridwar(day 10)

Also my original queries.

Below are the queries…Please help guide me for the same
1)I also want to see vasundhara falls if time permits-how much time will will it take for the complete trek mana-vasundhara-mana?
2) Should I stay in Rishikesh or Haridwar on day 2, which place I get more frequency for Govindghat? there is a morning 5 am bus
3) should I stay in Govindghat or Joshimath? already answered by you
4) Badrinath night stay is suggestible or should I come back to Joshimath?
5) should I try to do advance bookings for Joshimath/Govindghat/Ghangaria/Badrinath?
6) Please suggest some good budget hotels in rishikesh/haridwar…My mum wants to see the temples in Haridwar and the Ganga Aarti on day 8 or day 2. Kindly suggest if the plan needs to be amended in any way.
7) Possible to stay at any ashram’s in Rishikesh or haridwar? Will they allow stay for a day?
#4 Mar 26th, 2019, 11:02
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Given it is July - be prepared to face roadblocks due to landslides. You plan is too packed for the month. For the month of May or early June - this would have been feasible. During your road travel days keep some buffer to account for any delays due to rains.
1)I also want to see vasundhara falls if time permits-how much time will will it take for the complete trek mana-vasundhara-mana?
-- This is a 5 hour trek Mana to Mana. Plan to stay at Badrinath if you want to do this.

2) Should I stay in Rishikesh or Haridwar on day 2, which place I get more frequency for Govindghat? there is a morning 5 am bus
-- This depends on your choice - both cities have their own charm. Haridwar is more spiritual and you get a lot of shopping options whereas Rishikesh for me is more relaxing as you get hotels near to ganga.

3) should I stay in Govindghat or Joshimath? already answered by you
4) Badrinath night stay is suggestible or should I come back to Joshimath?
--- Answered above. If you plan for Vasudhara then stay in Badrinath else move to Joshimath.

5) should I try to do advance bookings for Joshimath/Govindghat/Ghangaria/Badrinath?
--- Given it is July - no need to do advance bookings. You will get better deals on the spot. Also since due to rains you are not confirmed to reach the desired place in time - its better to keep some flex at hand.

6) Please suggest some good budget hotels in rishikesh/haridwar…My mum wants to see the temples in Haridwar and the Ganga Aarti on day 8 or day 2. Kindly suggest if the plan needs to be amended in any way.
--- I am no expert here. There may be other threads answering this question. Pls do a search.

7) Possible to stay at any ashram’s in Rishikesh or haridwar? Will they allow stay for a day?
--- Its possible though I have no experience.

~Amit.

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