A flowery rendezvous with Uttarakhand Tourism
Lush green landscapes, gushing rivers, snow-capped mountains, plenty of colours and exotic flowers, the Valley of flower is similar to the childhood dreams of an ambrosial valley that changes its colour every season. This virgin mystical place has recently been declared as the World Heritage Site.
As the name rightly suggests, it is a valley full of flowers and the range of colours seems dreamy when you go there in months between July and September. It is in full bloom in July and continues for about next two to three months. It was my wife’s request to book for Uttarakhand Tourism as our honeymoon destination. And as most of the married men like me would be knowing, it is fatal to disobey your wife!
We reached Haridwar first and booked a cab to Valley of flowers. Speeding through the winding roads for more than 10 hours and passing by the panoramic views, we finally reached Govind Ghat.
Since my wife and I are trekkers, it was like a bonus feature for our honeymoon.
The next day we wore our trekking shoes, and geared up for our journey to Ghangharia. It was a pleasant walk through the lush greenery, making our way across rivers and babbling streams. Feeling the the pitter-patter of unadulterated rain droplets that were busy bathing every leaves of the vegetation, we finally reached the Valley of flowers. It was exactly like the one we had imagined, without any single change of details. The valley appeared like a huge bouquet of scintillating colourful flowers. It was a treat to our senses.
As we walked deep into the valley, we found more and more beautiful flowers, of every possibly imagined colours and hues. The entire aura of the place was so moving that it somehow firmed our belief in the God and his creation. I pressed her hands assuring her of my presence forever in her life. I wanted her to know that I loved her and would always keep her happy. I still can’t figure out what was so magical about the moment but she reciprocated to my emotions by the twinkle in her eyes. Her happiness was incomparable to me for anything in this world.
The guide told us that the place was a UNESCO preserved valley and one of the most visited site of Tourism in Uttarakhand. Although we wanted to explore the entire valley, it was not possible to cover the entire national park in such a short span of time.
So, as a more practical approach we trekked straight to the grave of the famous botanist, Joan Margaret Legge. She was from Edinburgh who died in 1969 while collecting flora samples from this valley. Her memorial grave is positioned in the heart of the valley with a very beautiful inscription that reads,
”I will lift up my eyes unto the hills From whence cometh my help”
We were completely drenched by the time we reached our hotel. We had an awesome day and wanted to conclude it with a nice bottle of champagne. We enjoyed the drink and shared our experiences with each other. We could feel the strengthening of our bond. We saw the photos we had clicked and laughed. With her carefree smile, my immense love and the indelible memory of Uttarakhand Travel, it was just the type of honeymoon we had wanted. A trip no less than a divine blessing, our big thanks to the Uttarakhand.