Between travel bans, lockdown restrictions, and fears about the coronavirus, more and more travel enthusiasts have been embracing the classic staycation to soothe their wanderlust. Luckily for those living in the UK, there is so much natural beauty and historical locations for plenty of options for weekend trips from London.

Once the weather starts to warm up, avid travellers will be looking for city trips and weekend breaks around the English countryside. Recharge your batteries by visiting the old city centres, Roman-time ruins, or walking along extensive walking trails through the countryside and coastline.

1. Historical Bath – a Day Trip from London

As its name implies, a visit to Bath can be one of the most relaxing weekend trips from London – it’s only a 90-minute drive from Paddington Station. In fact, public transportation is even faster than driving, making Bath one of the best weekend trips from London by train.

Weekend Trips from London - Historic Bath

90 minutes from London, discover Historic Bath

The local hot springs that give Bath its name have fascinated the city’s people for centuries. From Roman times to the modern-day, people visit Bath for its healing powers and focus on relaxation.

There is still much evidence of Roman baths and great examples of ancient architecture. Don’t miss the Roman bath, Bath Abbey and Thermae Bath Spa.

Whether you want to spend a day in the thermal spa, or would rather explore the historic centre, Although its proximity to London makes it well-suited for a day trip, we can assure you that there is plenty to do in Bath to warrant a weekend-long city break.

2. The Lovely Lake District

The Lake District can be reached by train in just 3 hours from Euston Station in central London, making it a great choice for nature lovers who need a weekend break. You can search the Trainline to find tickets to any of the stations in the Lake District region such as Oxenholme, Windermere, or Grasmere.

UK Weekend Getaways - Lake District

Take a weekend trip in the Lake District in Northwest England

The Lake District National Park spans an area of 2,362 square kilometres and was even announced as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2017. It includes the tallest mountain in England, and the largest and deepest natural lakes in the whole country.

Outdoors and active enthusiasts will find a large network of beautiful trails and mountains. Anyone seeking to gain some elevation and stretch their hiking legs will find everything they need right here in the UK. A nice weekend break from London in the Lake District is sure to quench your thirst for more far-flung destinations like Iceland or Switzerland.

For something special, get a bird’s eye view over the region by taking a hot air balloon flight. Or, take a boat cruise on Lake Windermere. Some of the most famous British literary talents also lived in the Lakeland region, and to this day, you can still visit the homes of William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter.

Because of its proximity to the sea, the weather in the Lake District is generally rainy. So, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast while planning your weekend break.

3. Cotswolds: A Charming Weekend Trip from London

The Cotswolds is a large area known for its hills, medieval villages, and thatched-roof houses. The buildings in the Cotswolds are all made from local limestone, which gives them a warm honey colour.

Charming cottages in the Cotswolds

Take a relaxing weekend trip from London in the charming Cotswolds cottages

People love the Cotswolds for the abundance of walking and biking trails that pass through the quaint English villages. The best time to visit the Cotswolds is between June and August, when the lavender is in full bloom. Some say that the lavender fields in the Cotswolds can compete with the famous fields in Provence, France.

Antique shoppers love the Cotswolds for the famous Cirencester Antique and Collector’s market. Every Friday you can browse the markets and discover a large selection of antique treasures and street market stalls.

Regardless of how you spend your weekend, don’t leave Cotswold without trying the famous Cotswold cheese. It is a regional cow’s milk cheese that is flavoured with chives and onions and is made from cow’s milk.

To start your weekend trip, a take train from London’s Paddington Station. There are direct trains to various locations within the Cotswolds, such as Moretown-in-Marsh, Kemble, Stroud, or Stonehouse.

4. Pembrokeshire – The Quintessential Seaside Weekend Break

A bit further afield, Pembrokeshire is popular among tourists from England and Wales since it has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK.  This region is best suited for a long weekend break from central London, as a train will take about 5 hours 30 minutes.

With historic architecture and spectacular coastline, Pembrokeshire really has something to offer everyone. This region offers excellent food and drink, beautiful beaches, and historic Victorian-era villages. One of the most popular activities in Pembrokeshire is to hike the National Park along the coast. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path makes it accessible for casual pedestrians and serious hikers alike. 

UK Weekend Trips from London - Pembrokeshire

Take in the sunset on The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Pembrokeshire is also home to several historical architectural sites. Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle, and St. Cathedral David are the main highlights. In Pembrokeshire, there’s even “Stonehenge of Wales”, one of the best Neolithic dolmens that still exists today.

The best way to spend your weekend break in Pembrokeshire is to rent one of the available UK Holiday cottages on the weekends. These days, most cottage owners list their places on, so you can browse around to find a place that suits your needs.

5. Cornwall – Beautiful and Unique

This county in southwestern England is surrounded by water to the north, south, and east. Cornwall features a proud Celtic culture which makes it one of the best weekend trips from London. Since there is so much to do, we would recommend taking at least a whole weekend to explore all that Cornwall has to offer.

Take a stroll on Land’s End Trail, the most south-west point of England. Cornwall has more than 300 miles of walking trails along the coastline with spectacular cliffs, dunes, and medieval villages.

Cornwall England’s Land’s End Trail 

Cornwall England’s Land’s End Trail

Cornwall cannot be mentioned without thinking of specific food traditions. Maybe you just want to spend your weekend break as more of a culinary vacation, indulging in Cornwall’s gastronomic pleasures — we’re not judging! From Cornish meat pasties, Cornish Heavy Cake, saffron buns, Cornish ice cream, Cornish fudge, there is more than enough regional specialities to keep you busy! During your weekend break, you might even want to take a cooking class to learn all about how to make traditional Cornish Pasties.

One of the unique places in Cornwall is the Eden Project. This ecological park and educational project site holds the distinction of being the world’s largest indoor rainforest. The section is full of biomes that showcase a number of the most important plants in the world. At night, the biomes are illuminated with colourful light displays and the atmosphere is simply magical.

Cornwall England’s Eden Project

Cornwall England’s Eden Project

As you can see, there is no shortage of nice weekend trips from London to make you feel a world away. If you’re looking for more things to do in the UK check out our UK Travel and Backpacking guide, where you’ll also find budgeting tips and advice for how to travel around for cheap.

The French Alps are spectacular at any time of the year and the region is fantastic for tourists who want to ski, relax, or just take in the incredible scenery. As the largest mountain range in Europe, the Alps spans an impressive 750 miles and borders eight countries: France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Germany, and Slovenia. When it comes to holidaying in the French Alps, there are lots of things for visitors to see and do. Here are our picks of the best things to do in the French Alps.

Sightsee in Haute-Savoie

Like a lot of tourist spots in the French Alps, this region in the east of France has many resorts for skiing and snowboarding. But there is a lot more to Haute-Savoie than just winter sports.

Aiguille du Midi offers awe-inspiring panoramic views and is home to the mountaineering capital of Chamonix. As well as breathtaking mountain views, Chamonix has Europe’s highest cable car.

View of Chamonix Valley from La Flegere

View of Chamonix Valley from La Flégère in the French Alps

For visitors interested in art and culture, Flaine is a resort to the north of the region that features open-air sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Jean Dubuffet.

To the southeast is the picturesque town of Annecy, which looks straight out of a chocolate box. This pretty little town, considered to be the Alps’ own  ‘Little Venice’ overlooks Lake Annecy and the Thiou River and is famous for its canals, cobbled streets, and pastel-coloured buildings. There is also an art and natural history museum in the Chateau d’Annecy, the historic home of Genevan counts.

Annency - the Venice of the Alps

Annency – the Venice of the Alps

Ski in Tignes

You can’t visit the French Alps and not try skiing at least once. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a complete beginner, our top pick of the pistes is Tignes. This high-altitude commune in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps is situated near the Italian border and boasts the longest ski season in Europe.

Tignes consists of a collection of little villages, all varying in what they offer in terms of skiing facilities. Whilst the rough terrain further up the resort valley is more suited to experienced skiers, the main town has lots of options for beginners and those of intermediate level.

A Tignes resort town nestled in the stunning French Alps

A Tignes resort town nestled in the stunning French Alps

There are easier runs further down the valley towards Tignes-Les-Brevieres and the area benefits from the installation of chair lifts and good ease of access links.

However, before you book a resort in the area, it’s a good idea to have a good look at a Tignes piste map to establish exactly where in the valley is most suited to your skiing skills.

Regardless of where you go in Tignes though, there’s one thing you can certainly be sure of – there is lots to keep you entertained after a long day on the slopes. Tignes has some of the best après-ski nightlife in the Alps, with its lively bars and clubs, many of which are open until the early hours.

Relax at the Lakes

If you need some relaxation after a day on the pistes, or you just want to be pampered, then the French Alps are abundant with spas and thermal pools.

Lake Geneva, which borders France and Switzerland, has some of the most serene and luxury spas to indulge in. On the shores of this stunning lake is the spa town of Evian-les-Bains, which is world-famous for its natural springs of mineral water.

View of Lake Geneva from the Lavaux

View of Lake Geneva from the Lavaux

Just over the Swiss border is Leukerbad, another spa town renowned for its hot springs. The history of Leukerbad’s springs and their therapeutic effect on the body dates back to Roman times. Today, the town’s mineral waters are enjoyed in public baths, private spa hotels, wellbeing and rehabilitation centres, and more.

Enjoy the thermal pools of Leukerbad nestled in the Alps

Enjoy the thermal pools of Leukerbad nestled in the Alps


With its striking scenery, ski slopes, picturesque towns, and therapeutic thermal springs, there are so many things to do in the French Alps. If you’re taking a holiday there, be sure to check out the places we’ve recommended.

Best things to do in the French Alps

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Boston is an excellent place for history buffs. As the site of such famous events like the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and the first American Revolutionary War battle, it’s no wonder that many of the things on our historical Boston bucket list revolve around historical events. Walking around the city will bring stories and characters to life. When deciding things to do in Boston, the most critical question is how to incorporate everything into your schedule!

1. Talk a Stroll on the Boston Freedom Trail

One of the first things on your historical Boston bucket list has to be walking the Boston Freedom Trail. It is best to do this at the beginning of your trip since it will take you past some of the most important historical sites in the city. It’s also a great way to get your bearings at the start of your trip.

The Freedom Trail starts in Boston Common and ends at Bunker Hill on the river. The trail is 2.5 miles (4km) long and takes you past 16 markers on the Freedom Trail. Red bricks mark the way, and copper plates indicate the locations of historical sites.

Boston Freedom Trail - one of the best things to do in Boston

A bronze plaque of a historic stop on the Freedom Trail

A walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail is likely to take a full day, as it includes visits to many historical sites. Once you reach the end of the Freedom Trail, you can head back to the city on foot or via the Charlestown Water Shuttle.

You can walk the Independence Trail on your own, or take one of the Independence Trail trips. Your guide might even wear 18th-century costumes and explain everyday life using historical information and stories.

Stops on the Boston Freedom Trail

Along the Freedom Trail, you will encounter 16 stops. We recommend finishing the trail in one day and then spending more time in Boston’s major attractions later.

  1. Boston Common – The Freedom Trail begins in America’s oldest park, which has a rich history and, to this day, is a popular meeting place for locals.
  2. Massachusetts State House – The Governor of Massachusetts still conducts his work in this historic building. The dome of the building was originally built by Paul Revere out of bronze and was later covered with gold.
  3. Park Street Church – This landmark was founded by orthodox Trinitarians in 1809 and is still an active Boston church.
  4. Granary Burying Ground – In this cemetery, you’ll be able to visit the final resting place of famous Boston residents like Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Mary Goose (mother goose).
  5. King’s Chapel and Burying Ground – This was the first Anglican church to be built in the colonies.
  6. Benjamin Franklin statue and the Boston Latin School – Take a photo with Mr. Franklin and visit the first public school in the USA.
  7. Old Corner Bookstore – literary greats such as Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used this bookstore as a gathering place during revolutionary times.
  8. Old South Meeting House – Many revolutionary leaders attended the religious services here, but it’s more famously known as the place where they organized the Boston Tea Party.
  9. Old State House – Built in 1713, this is one of the oldest buildings in America. The Declaration of Independence was first read to the crowd from the balcony of this historic building.
  10. Site of the Boston Massacre – Often cited as the triggering event for the American Revolution, this was the site where British troops killed five unarmed colonists during the fighting. 
  11. Faneuil Hall – The Faneuil Hall is in itself on of the things on our historical Boston bucket list. It’s a famous market for food, boutiques, and street performers.
  12. Paul Revere’s House – Visit the colonial home of the great American Revolutionary figure.
  13. Old North Church – A place where the famous lamps that signaled “one by land, two by sea” were hung to warn the colonists.
  14. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – A resting place for many early settlers in Boston.
  15. USS Constitution – A historic naval ship that can be viewed and toured today. The vessel saw the war on both American and British shores during the War of 1812.
  16. Bunker Hill Monument – The site of the great American Revolutionary battle on June 17, 1775.

2. Spend Time at the historic Faneuil Hall Market

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a group of buildings that include Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market.

It is a great place to try the traditional food available in the Boston market. Throughout Faneuil Hall, you will find first-class restaurants and small shops along the Quincy Market Colonnade. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists and one of the best places for street shows in the world.

Boston Faneuil Hall Marketplace Things to do in Boston

There is much to discover near Boston Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Faneuil Hall is called “Cradle of Liberty” because of the many important speeches made here. At Faneuil Hall, James Otis declared “no taxation without representation” against British rulers. You can also take a tour to learn more about the history of Faneuil Hall.

A widespread curiosity and thing to see in Boston is to see the Faneuil Hall Weathervane and its famous Gold Grasshopper. This icon has been in the Boston market since 1742. The Grasshopper has watched over the birth of the nation and centuries of American history. There is even a time capsule in the body of the Grasshopper that contains historical newspaper debates, coins, and letters.

3. Relax at the Boston Common park

Boston Common is a beautiful city park and one of the places in Boston where locals love to hang out. This vast green space is America’s oldest public park and was founded in 1634.

Boston Common is one of the top things to do in Boston

Boston Common is a green oasis in the city center

In the early days, it served as a training ground for colonial troops, until British troops took over in 1768. Throughout history, many protests and celebrations have taken place at Boston Common.

Boston’s main attraction is usually the Frog Pool. In hot weather, it becomes a water fountain and is a great place for children to stay cool during the humid summer months. During the winter, the Frog Pong freezes over, and ice skating here is one of the best things to do in Boston during winter.

4. Immerse yourself in art and culture in the Museum of Fine Arts

The world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has an extensive collection that ranges from Egyptian artifacts to Contemporary Art. Visiting this museum is one of the best historical bucket list activities for Boston.

They have an impressive collection of French impressionist paintings and frescoes. The most famous fresco on display at the Museum of Fine Arts was acquired from the Villa des Contrado Bottaro in Pompeii, Italy. You can even see samples of Paul Revere’s silver work. Before he was an art historian, he was a worker in silversmith by profession.

A visit here can be one of the best things to do in Winter when the weather is too cold to do much else. The museum is large, but fortunately, if you have a ticket to the museum, you have a full day of entry plus free entry for another visit within ten days. The museum opens its doors free of charge after 4 pm Wednesday and some public holidays.

5. Walk around Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden. The garden has a Victorian flair with a lake and meandering paths, and many locals consider Boston Gardens to be their favorite place in the city.

Boston Gardens is home to more than 80 plant species from the region, as well as many imported species. It also includes a 4-hectare lagoon. And while you’re at it, let’s add taking a ride on the swan boats to our Boston historical bucket list. These famous and vintage boats have been in use for over 100 years.

6. Stroll along the waterfront at Boston Harbor

Boston is surrounded by water, with a beautiful harbor and plenty of water-based tourism opportunities.

Boston skyline as seen from Boston Harbor

Boston skyline as seen from Boston Harbor

Take a tour of the floating museum dedicated to the Boston Tea Party. The museum does a beautiful job of bringing these historical events and characters to life. There are examples of former tea boats and interactive displays, making Boston Harbor one of the most obvious activities on your historical Boston bucket list. You can even throw tea overboard and join the ranks of revolutionaries.

Another unique activity would be a harbor cruise in Boston or a ride on one of the Duck Boats. From the water, you get a different view of Boston. To get the best deal, check in advance on sites like can check the prices Get Your Guide and Tiqets, two websites of which work directly with local operators. While you’re at it, you might as well check for other activities and skip the line tickets for other attractions in Boston.

7. Tour the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library

This museum is located on the coast overlooking Boston and offers a beautiful view of the city center. The location of the museum was a deliberate decision because of how much Kennedy loved his city of Boston.

The memorial is dedicated to John F. Kennedy and includes research, collections, and exhibitions on the life of the late president. The building is an attraction in itself and was designed by the famous architect I. M. Pei.

Anyone interested in fashion will also love to see some of Jackie Kennedy’s iconic outfits on display.

8. Dive into the history of the Old North Church

The old North Church is the oldest church still standing in Boston. The famous lamps, which signaled “one by land, two by sea,” were hung on the bell tower of this historic Boston church.

You can take a tour of the church and learn all about the history from a resident historian. The tour is free, but donations are always welcome to help maintain this historic building.

9. Tour Fenway Park (or attend a game!)

Fenway’s historical park is almost synonymous with Boston. The stadium is the oldest stadium of the Major Leagues.

Boston’s historic baseball stadium in Fenway Park

Boston’s historic baseball stadium in Fenway Park

With a little bit of planning ahead, you can add watching a baseball game at Fenway Park to your historical Boston bucket list. Doing so is undoubtedly one of the most quintessential things to do in Boston. Or visit the historic stadium and visit the Bleacher Bar at the stadium level. On game days, tours begin 3 hours before the game, and you can see the players while they warm up on the field. On non-game days, you can take a one-hour tour anytime from 9 am to 5 pm.

10. Take a beer tour at a local brewery

One fun thing to do in Boston is to visit a local brewery. Historically, beer has been a big part of the city of Boston, and visitors have the chance to visit historical and massive points of interest like the historical Sam Adams brewery, along with smaller modern microbreweries.

How to get around in Boston

Fortunately, the city’s historic center is very small and very accessible. Many of the most popular things to do in Boston are only 20 minutes from downtown. Public transport is easy to find, so a car is not required. The public transport system is called the MBTA and is well-managed with good connectors throughout the city.

Boston also has a public bike service called Blue Bikes, which is a great way to get around the city. To use a bike or car-sharing service, all you have to do is sign up for an account in advance. Once you have an account, it is straightforward to use.

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to add to your historical Boston bucket list. Enjoy your time at the center of American history!

Things to do in Boston - The Ultimate Guide

New Orleans is a renowned city worldwide, with people traveling from across the globe to visit the French Quarter, watch the Mardi Gras festival, and hear the smooth, live jazz. New Orleans, often referred to as The Big Easy, is home to beautiful music, interesting culture, amazing architecture, and great food. There is plenty to explore, but here is a top list of the best outdoor activities in New Orleans.

How To Travel to New Orleans

First of all, when traveling the US, it is well worth the trip to New Orleans. Getting an RV or hire car and making your way around America is one of the cheapest ways to do it. You can still drop your vehicle off and leave it in a secure car park if you fancy a trip elsewhere. 

New Orleans has its very own airport, which has connections to many great cities across the US, such as Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles, and New York. Parkway Parking finds the best Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport parking vouchers, to save you money when traveling. As traveling can be expensive, finding a way to cut down on expenses such as this will ensure your trip can last as long as possible. It also offers peace of mind that your vehicle will be kept in a safe and secure place while you go sightseeing. 

Visit The French Quarter

Outdoors Activities in New Orleans in the French Quarter

Explore the French Quarter in New Orleans

Perhaps the most famous place in New Orleans, the French Quarter is home to stunning architecture and incredible jazz bars. This area of New Orleans was first populated by the French, hence the quarter’s name. It was inhabited in the 18th century, with some of the buildings dating back to 1789, such as St. Louis Cathedral. To delve more into the history and culture, visit the Historic New Orleans Collection, which is a museum located within the French Quarter. 

Jackson Square is the closest thing to a town square that New Orleans has and is a populated area full of lively energy, with street performers, brass bands, and fortune-tellers. For all your shopping needs, visit the French Market, which is full of stalls for souvenirs, local cuisines, and cool trinkets to take home. For the best experience of the French Quarter, find a local tour guide. They can give you the best places to visit and the history behind each area. 

Check Out City Park

City Park Bayou Bridge

City Park Bayou Bridge

No matter where you go in New Orleans, there is beauty to behold. City Park is a landscaped space with moss-drenched trees, native birds, and serene walking paths offering one of the best outdoors activities in New Orleans. If you are traveling with kids, you can rent a boat on the lake, visit Storyland, or have a go on the Carousel. The botanical gardens located within the park are also worth a look. There is even an equestrian farm that offers horseback lessons. 

Walk Through The Garden District

The Garden District is like a huge outdoor museum in New Orleans

The Garden District is like a huge outdoor museum in New Orleans

Another beautiful district in New Orleans, the Garden District is home to historic and ornate mansions and some pretty trendy bars and restaurants. Unlike the French Quarter, this part of the city is more known for its relaxed and quiet vibe. This district was designed as a haven for the rich looking to settle in New Orleans, as the French Creoles didn’t want Americans to invade their territory.  

The Garden District is also where the Lafayette Cemetery is based. For anyone who enjoyed The Originals, which was the spin-off to the hit US TV show The Vampire Diaries, this cemetery may look familiar, as many scenes were shot here. To get the best views, hop on one of the green streetcars which will take you around the district. If you are looking for a place to eat, Commander’s Place is by far one of the most popular eateries. 

Take A Voodoo Tour

New Orleans is said to be one of the most haunted cities and is renowned for stories of voodoo, witchcraft, vampires, and ghosts, hence why many TV shows and movies reference the city. The voodoo culture in New Orleans first started as a religious underground practice and was founded in the city by enslaved Africans brought over by rich Americans. 

There is also a small voodoo museum that was first opened back in 1972 and is home to all sorts of talismans, artifacts, and voodoo dolls. If you are really interested in the culture, you can also grab yourself a psychic reading while you’re at it. 

Listen To Fine Music

You cannot go to New Orleans without listening to some of the incredible musicians that reside here. Whether walking down the street or visiting a local bar, you are bound to find some extraordinary music. One of the best places to visit for jazz is Frenchman Street, which is home to bars like The Spotted Cat. 

You can find record shops, book stores, and cafes here too. If you are looking for a party, Bourbon Street is the place to be. Here you can find rock, jazz, and other live music venues, along with great whiskey and even better vibes. If you love carnivals, you should try and visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, one of the largest outdoor parties in the US. 

Head For The Bayou

The Bayou of New Orleans

The Bayou of New Orleans

The bayou is a swampy section of the river in New Orleans and is a wonderful place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours. Here, you can spend an entire day outside, taking a kayak tour around the river, exploring the moss-covered trees and catching a glimpse of the alligators. The Bayou was once a place for settlers to call their home, using the natural offerings of nature to create houses from trees. To this day, the Bayou remains an important part of the New Orleans culture. If you prefer, you can also rent out a boat and make the journey yourself.  

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why New Orleans is worth a trip while traveling the US. Whether you want to understand more about the culture of America, visit stunning locations, see amazing architecture, or spend the day outside, New Orleans is the place for you. 

The exquisite Valley of Flowers National Park is dream come true for all visitors and hikers alike. It is abundant in gorgeous and exotic floral kinds, as well as species threatened with extinction.

The Valley of Flowers is situated in the Western Front of the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, at an elevation of 3,658 metres above sea level in the picturesque Bhyundar Valley. The Valley of Flowers, located in the Chamoli area, is an 87-square-kilometre landscape encompassing tumbling waterfalls, whispering streams, verdant meadows, gleaming glaciers, and vibrant himalayan flowers.

Majestic snowy mountain peaks, beautiful meadows, and vast vibrant flower arrays abound in this magnificent valley. Diverse foliage, uncommon himalayan flowers, and, most significantly, therapeutic herbs may be found along the Valley of Flowers trek.

With the changing of the seasons, this diverse array of nature takes on new colours and tones, providing distinct varied outlook in changing seasons. The sun sets over the Valley of Flowers National Park, which is a sight not to miss. At this hour, the undulating landscapes and beautiful mountain ranges take on a breathtaking quality.

Cobra Lily, Brahma Kamal, and Blue Poppy are among the unusual himalayan flowers found in this Valley of Flowers. Snow leopards, musk deer, Asiatic black deer, red fox, brown bear, and flying squirrels all live in this dynamic National Park.

Keen photographers, biologists, and flower enthusiasts flock to this location in quest of surreal environs and unspoiled splendour.

Until Frank S Smythe, a hiker, found it in 1931, this lovely valley was absolutely unknown and unexplored. It was originally known as Bhyundar Valley, but Smythe renamed it Valley of Flowers in 1931.

This Valley was proclaimed a National Park in 1982 for its outstanding spectacular natural characteristics, a wealth of high altitude species, and conservation and preservation standing, and UNESCO recognised it as a World Heritage Site in 2005.

The Valley of Flowers National Park offers a variety of activities to attract visitors. Trekkers and environment enthusiasts may hike up to this valley to enjoy the tranquil waterfalls, pristine sceneries, lush forests of oak and pine trees overflowing with snow-capped mountains and different types of flowers that are not accessible elsewhere.

It also has a wonderful location in sight for worshippers and vacationers. Devotees ascend the difficult trek path to the Hemkund Sahib, a well-known Sikh temple in Uttarakhand. It also enables you to visit places such as Ghangaria and Bhyundar.

The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is during the monsoon season, which runs from July to September. After the monsoon rains, the Himalayan flowers and meadows are in full bloom. The Valley of Flowers begins on June 1st and concludes on October 31st. The admission charge to the Valley is INR 150 for native trekkers and INR 600 for foreign visitors.

Attractions in the Valley of Flowers National Park


Joshimath town blanketed in snow

Joshimath town blanketed in snow

The hallowed town of Joshimath, snuggled in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district within the valley of flowers radiates its divine atmosphere over the whole Garhwal area. Lord Badri’s idol is carried from Badrinath to Vasudeva temple in Joshimath, and Joshimath is renowned as his winter abode.

For its startling height of 1890 metres above sea level, the town of Joshimath is also known as a hill station. In addition, the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers converge at the Vishnuprayag convergence, which is visible from Joshimath.

Hathi Parvat and other Himalayan peaks provide a bewildering vista. Joshimath, tucked away in the Himalayas, is also regarded as the renowned entrance to mountaineering, with numerous treks available.


Every trekker would drool over the prospect of enjoying the serenity, tranquillity of one of the most exquisite regions of the Garhwal Himalayas, the Ghangaria village. The trekkers who embark on the Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers short trek frequently visit the town of Ghangaria.

Ghangaria is 6 kilometres from Hemkund Sahib and 5 kilometres from the Valley of Flowers. The hamlet is situated at the intersection of the Bhyundar and Pushpawati rivers, which compose the Lakshman Ganga. Ghangria is known to be the last human settlement in Bhyundar Valley which serves as a base camp for trekkers to Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers.

During the winter Ghangaria village is carpeted with layers of snow. It is only navigable in between the months of May and September. At Ghangaria, you may completely unplug yourself from the city’s frantic hustle and bustle and restore your health and spirit. Ghangaria is a haven for thrill-seekers and anyone looking to experience the Himalayan landscape’s untapped grandeur.

Hemkund Sahib and Hemkund Sahib Lake

Valley of Flowers, located in the famed Nanda Devi National Park, is home to hundreds of different flower species, making for a delightful trip. This valley displays a stunning explosion of colours that is beyond description.

You may also do the Hemkund Sahib trek as an add-on to your Valley of Flowers short trek. The Hemkund Sahib journey begins in Ghangaria and winds its way through lush pine and oak woods, alpine meadows, and murmuring streams.

Visiting Hemkund Sahib is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It requires a difficult ascent from Ghangaria. Hemkund Sahib is 6 kilometres away from Valley of Flowers. It will take roughly 6 to 7 hours to get from Valley of Flowers to Hemkund Sahib.

Hemkund Sahib is 4633 metres above sea level, and this beautiful hike concludes with the Sikh Gurudwara in Hemkund. This hike is made worthwhile by the appealing landscape of Hemkund Sahib and the lake.

Reflection of Nanda Devi Hills on Hemkund Sahib Lake

Reflection of Nanda Devi National Park Hills on Hemkund Sahib Lake

The Hemkund Sahib lake is a stunning high-altitude lake this is commonly referred to as Hemkund, which literally translates as “Snow Lake.” This spectacular location is bordered by snow-capped peaks and nourished by gleaming glaciers.

A little stream named Himganga runs out of this lake from the glaciers of the HathiParvat and Saptshring peaks. The tourists are enthralled by the reflections of the enticing surroundings in this crystal-clear lake that is as frigid as snow.

Flower Valley

Valley of Flowers Short Trek

Breathtaking views in the Valley of Flowers

The valley of Himalayan flowers as explained above is the major attraction of this trek as it lives up to its name with an endless supply of blooms throughout the season. The Valley of Flowers’ unique environment is like a done deal: an exquisite valley bedecked with enormous spreads of flowers.

Amidst the rocky mountainous regions of Zanskar and the Great Himalayas are lovely meadows studded with indigenous highland wildflowers. Horticulturists, flower admirers, bird watchers, wildlife shooters, hikers, environment enthusiasts, and thrill-seekers from all over the globe are drawn to this valley’s pristine splendour.

Local Culture

Rishikesh is well-known as the World Yoga Capital. Several yoga-related festivals are held here on a regular basis. When it comes to the question of the well-being of our physical system through practising yoga, the first name that comes to mind is the International Yoga Festival which specializes in teaching the methods of asanas.

Every year, during January and February, Basant Panchami is observed. According to the Hindu calendar, this is the second final month of the year and is known as Magh (January-February). On this day, people honour the Goddess Saraswati and dress in yellow.

Uttarakhand celebrates Ganga Dusshera with great zeal. According to the Hindu calendar, this event begins on the tenth day of Jaishtha (May-June). The River Ganges is venerated for a span of 10 days during the Ganga Dusshera.

The festival of Holi is also widely celebrated, with a focus on joy, dancing, and colours. During the month of Phalgun, the celebration colours the city with gaiety and affection. These are some of the divine customs and traditions amongst many followed in Uttarakhand in the valley of flowers.

Valley of Flowers Short Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath

Distance Covered: 290 km
Time Taken: 10 Hours

On the first day, you arrive in Haridwar and travel 290 kilometres in 10 hours to reach Joshimath. The perfect road ride from Haridwar to Joshimath is a visual feast for the eyes and the spirit.

Day 2: Govindghat to Ghangaria

Distance Covered: 40KM Drive and 9 km Trek
Time Taken: 6 Hours

Board a cab to Govindghat, followed by a 4-kilometre journey to Pulna. Pulna is the location in this region which is accessible by transport. Govindghat, located 22 kilometres from Joshimath and at a height of 5,500 feet, is a popular Sikh pilgrimage site.

It’s the closest town to Hemkund Lake. You will then have to climb 9 kilometres from Pulna to Ghangaria which is this trek’s base camp.

Day 3: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and Hemkund Lake and Back Again

Distance Covered: 10 km
Time Taken: 7 Hours

The Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and Hemkundlakefrom here is a 10-kilometer journey known as the Hemkund Sahib Yatra. At an elevation of 14,200 feet, you will find the the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, the most awaited part of the Valley of Flowers trek and the world’s tallest Gurudwara.

The last 5 kilometres of the journey from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib particularly is very tough.   Hemkund Sahib does not permit overnight accommodation. It is recommended that you depart Hemkund Sahib by 2 p.m. in order to return to Ghangaria before dark.

Day 4: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and Back

Distance Covered: 5 km
Time Taken: 4 Hours

You get up early in order to spend as much time as possible in the gorgeous Valley of Flowers. The 5-kilometre hike is not particularly strenuous and follows a nearly level path throughout. It will take you to the most vibrant valley, which is adorned with beautiful himalayan flowers of all colours.

This magnificent scene, complete with snow-capped peaks, fluffy clouds overhead, and a flowing creek cutting across the valley, is reminiscent of a painting. Spend considerable time in this natural wonderland before returning to Ghangaria for the night.

Day 5: Trekking Back From Ghangaria to Govindghat and Driving Back to Joshimath

On Day 5, it is time to return to Govindghat through a 14-kilometre hike. Reaching Govindghat, you can spend the night in Joshimath accommodating yourself in a local guest house.

Day 6: Drive Back From Joshimath to Haridwar

Head back to Haridwar via Uttarakhand’s bewitching topography, inhaling the lovely sights and reminiscing over your six-day trip in the wild Himalayan foothills.