How to Reach Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers at North Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand, offers an incredible trekking experience for avid travellers and adventure enthusiasts. The trek provides a mystical experience mid lush green meadows, vibrant coloured flowers and the snow capped mountains.

Since there are no motorable roads to reach the place, a common question that arises among visitors is how to reach Valley of Flowers? We have a complete comprehensive guide curated just for you on how to reach Valley of Flowers from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Joshimath.

Different modes of transport – road, rail, and air can be availed from these cities to reach the magnificent valley blooming with a flowery carpet. Tourists venturing out to visit the epitome of beauty, normally start their journey from the adjacent cities in the state and Delhi or Chandigarh.

They first need to reach Govindghat which is situated at a distance of 17 km from the Valley of Flowers. Govindghat is the starting point of the trek and all visitors are required to obtain a permit for 3 days to start the trek towards the valley.
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How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Delhi

How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Delhi
Here is a complete guide on how to reach Valley of Flowers from Delhi, the capital city of India, through the three common modes of transport – Road, Rail, and Air.

By Road:
The travelling distance between Delhi and Govindghat by road is approximately 502 km. AC buses are available from Delhi to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can book a cab to reach Govindghat. Sharable jeeps are also available from Rishikesh at affordable rates. Trekkers prefer staying at Govindghat overnight and then start the trek towards Valley of Flowers the next day early morning. 

By Rail:
To answer the question of how to reach Valley of Flowers from Delhi by train, you need to know the nearest railway station to the valley. The answer is Rishikesh railway stations, situated at a distance of 272 km from the valley. From Delhi railway station trains operate at frequent intervals to reach Rishikesh.

Private and public buses ply between Rishikesh and Govindghat in abundance. You can also hire a cab from the Rishikesh railway station to reach Govindghat and then embark on your trekking journey.

By Air:
From Indira Gandhi Delhi International airport, flights operate to Jolly Grant commercial airport in Dehradun at frequent intervals. From the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Govindghat covering a distance of 258 km. Your trekking experience to the valley starts from here.
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How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Haridwar

How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Haridwar
Wondering how to reach the Valley of Flowers from Haridwar? Well you can avail any of the three modes of transport to reach the valley from the holy pilgrimage site.

By Road:
The travelling distance between Haridwar and Govindghat by road is approximately 300 km. Private and Public AC and Non AC buses are available from Haridwar to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can book a cab to reach Govindghat. Sharable jeeps are also available from Rishikesh at affordable rates.

Alternatively, you can hire a cab directly from Haridwar to Govindghat. Trekkers can stay overnight at Govindghat and then start the trek the next day.

By Rail:
From Haridwar railway station first, you need to reach Rishikesh, the nearest railway station to the valley. Private and public buses ply between Rishikesh and Govindghat in abundance with a travelling distance of 272 km. You can also hire a cab from the Rishikesh railway station to reach the place. The trekking journey to the valley starts from here.

By Air:
There is no airport at Haridwar. You need to reach either the Indira Gandhi Delhi International airport, 200 km away from Haridwar or the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, 20 km away from Haridwar. From Haridwar, you can avail of the train, buses or hire a cab to reach Rishikesh and then Govindghat covering a distance of 270 km. The trek towards the valley starts from Govindghat.
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How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Dehradun

How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Dehradun
In this section, we are going to discuss how to reach Valley of Flowers from Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand, through the three common modes of transport – Road, Rail, and Air.

By Road:
The road distance between Dehradun and Govindghat is approximately 300 km. Private and Public buses are available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can book a cab to reach Govindghat. Sharable jeeps are also available from Rishikesh at affordable rates. Alternatively, you can hire a cab directly from Dehradun to Govindghat. Trekkers can stay overnight at Govindghat and then start the trek the next day. 

By Rail:
From Dehradun railway station first, you need to reach Rishikesh, the nearest railway station to the valley. There are no direct trains available, you need to change over at Haridwar. Private and public buses ply between Rishikesh and Govindghat in abundance with a travelling distance of 272 km.

You can also hire a cab from the Rishikesh railway station to reach Govindghat. After an overnight stay at Govindghat, you can embark on your trekking journey towards the valley.

By Air:
The nearest airport at Dehradun is the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun, you can avail of the train, buses or hire a cab to reach Rishikesh and then Govindghat covering a distance of 270 km. The trek towards the valley starts from Govindghat.
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How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Chandigarh

How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Chandigarh
The Valley of Flowers is easily accessible from Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab and Haryana, by all three common modes of transport – Road, Rail, and Air. Let us find out how to reach Valley of Flowers from Chandigarh by availing each of them.

By Road:
The road distance between Chandigarh and Govindghat is approximately 490 km. Private and Public Volvo AC and Non AC buses are available from Chandigarh to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can book a cab to reach Govindghat.

Sharable jeeps are also available from Rishikesh at affordable rates. Alternatively, you can hire a cab directly from Chandigarh to Govindghat. Trekkers can stay overnight at Govindghat and then start the trek the next day. 

By Rail:
From Chandigarh railway station first, you need to reach Rishikesh, the nearest railway station to the valley. There are no direct trains available, you need to reach via Saharanpur, Laksar Junction or Ambala Cant Junction.

Private and public buses ply between Rishikesh and Govindghat in abundance with a travelling distance of 272 km. You can also hire a cab from the Rishikesh railway station to reach Govindghat. After an overnight stay at Govindghat, you can embark on your trekking journey towards the valley.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Chandigarh airport from where there are daily flights to the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun, you can avail of the train, buses or hire a cab to reach Rishikesh and then Govindghat covering a distance of 270 km. The trek towards the valley starts from Govindghat.
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How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Joshimath

How to Reach Valley of Flowers from Joshimath
Trekkers and Adventure enthusiasts visiting Joshimath, are often eager to know how to reach Valley of Flowers? They often club both the destinations as part of their trip. The Valley of Flowers is well connected with Joshimath and it's quite a convenient journey.

By Road:
The road distance between Joshimath and Govindghat is 19 km. There are no direct buses available from Joshimath. The best way to reach Govindghat is to hire a cab. After an overnight stay at Govindghat, you can start your trekking journey the next day to Ghangaria. It is a 14 km long trek to Ghangaria, the base camp located at a distance of 4 km from the Valley of Flowers. 

By Rail:
There are no direct trains available from Joshimath to Govindghat. Tourists travelling from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, and Haridwar reach the Rishikesh railway station. From there they travel towards Govindghat to Joshimath. The trekking journey to the valley starts from Govindghat.

By Air:
There are no airports at Joshimath. Tourists travelling by air need to reach the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. From Dehradun, you can avail the train, buses or hire a cab to reach Rishikesh and then Govindghat to Joshimath covering a distance of 270 km. The trek towards the valley starts from Govindghat.
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Best Recommended Way to Reach Valley of Flowers

Best Recommended Way to Reach Valley of Flowers
If you are travelling from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun or Haridwar, the best recommended way is to reach Rishikesh. Private and Public Volvo AC and Non AC buses are available from the cities to Rishikesh. You can also board the train to reach the Rishikesh railway station.

For a comfortable journey, it is recommended to hire a cab from Rishikesh to reach Govindghat. Sharable jeeps are also available from Rishikesh at affordable rates but you need to adjust with your fellow passengers. After an overnight stay at Govindghat, you can start your trekking journey the next day early morning to Ghangaria. It is a 14 km long trek to Ghangaria, the base camp located at a distance of 4 km from the Valley of Flowers.
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  1. How do I get to Valley of Flowers by train?

    The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh. From Rishikesh station, you can avail of private or public buses to reach Govindghat with a travelling distance of 272 km. You can also hire a cab from the Rishikesh railway station to reach Govindghat. Govindghat is located at a distance of 17 km from the Valley of Flowers which can be achieved by trekking amid the pristine landscape.
  2. How difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek?

    The Valley of Flowers trek is not very tough. Though there are some steep climbs, the trekking trails are fairly smooth and well-defined. The difficulty level varies from easy to moderate. You can also ride a pony and cover certain distances to overcome the difficult paths.
  3. When should I go to the Valley of Flowers?

    The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is during July and August. The valley flourishes lavishly by the blooming flowers, enchanting the tourists with its spectacular beauty. The valley remains open only from June till October as the place is covered with snow for the rest of the year. If you visit before July then you would not be able to witness the beautiful vibrant coloured flowers.
  4. Can we stay in the Valley of Flowers?

    There are no hotels or lodges to stay in the Valley of Flowers. You need to trek back to Ghangaria, the astonishing hamlet town and base camp of the trekking trail. There are many hotels and private lodges at Ghangaria for an overnight stay. Alternatively you can trek back to Govindghat, where there are plenty of options available for lodging.
  5. How far is Valley of Flowers from Rishikesh?

    The road distance between Rishikesh and Govindghat is 272 km. Private and public buses are available from Rishikesh. You can also hire a cab from Rishikesh to Govindghat. From Govindghat, the 14 km trekking journey starts towards Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp, 4 km away from the Valley of Flowers.
  6. How far is Valley of Flowers from Joshimath?

    The road distance between Joshimath and Govindghat is 19 km. You need to hire a cab from Joshimath as there are no direct buses available. From Govindghat, the 14 km trekking journey starts towards Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp, 4 km away from the Valley of Flowers.
  7. Is it safe to travel to the Valley of Flowers in August?

    August and July are the best months to visit the Valley of Flowers. But due to the monsoons, there may be difficulty in the trekking trail due to the occasional landslides. You may expect some delay in your journey as you may be stuck in certain places. But the roads have improved a lot between Joshimath and Govindghat thus increasing the ease of travel.

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