Only one hurdle in visiting Valley of Flowers this year. The broken bridge over river Alaknanda at Govindghat.

Today morning I talked to a local person who has a hotel at Ghangaria and houses at Pulna Village and Bhuandar Village. I asked him about the latest position of Govindghat and possibility of a trip to Valley of Flowers in near future.  The main hurdle between the Valley of Flowers trip in 2013 is the absence of a bridge over Alaknanda River. But I hope It will be constructed within a month. I was discussing with Mr Raghuveer Chauhan, he told me that the hotel owners are coming together to construct the bridge if the authorities will not do it. I promised him to do as much help I can do financially to construct that bridge and I am in talks with other site owners who organize trips to Valley of Flowers to contribute. I appeal everyone who is willing to support for the cause can contact me. Even a small help will be very useful.

I was told by Mr Raghuveer chauhan that Village Ghangaria is ok and if the bridge is constructed over the river the Valley of Flowers trips will be possible in upcoming months of 2013.

Following is a video showing how hundreds of vehicles were swept away in Alaknanda. This is video of just one such vehicle.

We human beings are very tiny in front of nature. We damage nature and nature takes revenge like this. Let us stop damaging nature.

Although I try to give best information from my sources but there may be differences in actual position. Please take your decisions carefully. I will not be responsible for any loss due to any information here. I am totally dependent on information passed on by locals.

Please follow the blog for daily updates about Valley of Flowers trip, 2013.

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Devkant Sangwan is an ardent lover of nature and is a passionate traveler. He belongs to Haryana (India) and is a law graduate by profession. He’s professionally well qualified and is an Associate member of the Institute of Company secretaries. Like many others, Devkant’s heart did not lie in his profession. He was born to follow his dream which is exploring the beauty of nature. He visited Valley of Flowers for the first time in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the splendor of the place. He started pursuing the place more often and adored it over and over again. He even left his job for his travel pursuits and calls the place as his second wife.

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14 comments on “Only one hurdle in visiting Valley of Flowers this year. The broken bridge over river Alaknanda at Govindghat.
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Shivani Pandit says:

    What about the Valley of Flowers trek and the hurdles this year?

    According to times of india, it is not possible to visit the valley this year.

    Please tell me.

    I want to plan this trip in the first weak of August.


    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      The bridge which is mentioned in the article is under construction. As per officials it will be constructed by June last week. So in the month of August you can have a trip to Valley of Flowers.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Hemant Sanghvi says:

    Hi, devkant

    I would like to visit in the month of August 2014.

    Interested in photography, Nature lover, I’m pure vegetarian , from Mumbai alone ,

    As last year roads washed out .. Is it possible / advisable / safe to visit ?

    Expecting true reply.on


  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Biswajit says:

    Hi Devkant, I did see pic on your other blog that the bridge over alakhnanda was built. I am planning to visit Valley of Flowers this month last week. I know there are two three bridges we need to cross before we reach ghangeria. Me and my friends still willing to give it a shot and visit Valley of Flowers this year between 24th Aug to 31st Aug. Could you please let us know if there will be any accomodation available in Ghangeria?? If possible Please provide Mr. Chauhan’s number (I had his card but I lost it) so that I can talk to him directly. Thanks in advance

    • Hello Biswajit,
      You can reach Ghangaria easily with some extra effort. I can post Mr. Raghuveer Chauhan’s phone number here. But if you want you can call me I will give you his phone number and arrange for your stay at Ghangaria. You will be able to go to Hemkund Sahib but not to Valley of Flowers. A vital bridge is still not constructed 500 meters ahead of Ghangaria. Please tell how many of you will be coming.

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Soorya says:

    Any updates? I’ve been getting mixed information.One source cited a temp bridge has been constructed while another reported the river flowing in the Valley of Flowers has destroyed most of the flowers! Sooo confused now

    • Hello soorya,

      Flowers are intact. If you are getting an information that the flowers are destroyed is totally wrong. I know the geography of the area and it could not happen. Moreover no one has been to Valley of Flowers after the disaster as a vital bridge connecting Valley of Flowers and Ghangaria Village is swept away. You can read this post on latest update for Valley of Flowers trek, 2013 for more details and keep following my blog for latest information.

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan sanjay patel says:

    we have planned a trip to Valley of Flowers trip starting from 4th Aug will it be possible

  6. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan santoshbs says:

    Thanks for your updates, keep them coming.
    I have a trek planned from Aug 3 and hope it happens or would I have to reschedule…!

  7. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan swapnali says:

    Hello mr sangwan. I have been regularly reading your blog. we have planned a trip to Valley of Flowers at the end of august this year. our trek will start by 23rd august . do you think situation would come back to normal in joshimath and govindghat by that time. what should we do? should we cancel our bookings or should we wait for some time?

    • I strongly hope that the situation will be at least ok by August this year. I will recommend you that please wait and watch. you can ask questions here I am constantly in touch with locals.

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