We joined a group called the Jathas, with euphoric atmosphere of chants and hymns. We had to cross the suspension bridge near river Alaknanda. From hence on, there was a steep path with zig-zag cuts along the hills. Lots of refreshments and snacks were sold on the way for the pilgrims. The route is painted and colorful with Sikh devotional messages. After five km of trek, we were elated to see the first snow peak. Then we rested and the climbed the final three km of steepest ascent to Gobind Dham, which is a small town that has a gurudwara and a resting place for pilgrims.
Not only is the Valley abundant in plant life, it has a great habitat for animals too like the red fox, musk deer, langur, black bear and brown bear in addition to snow leopard. Flowers attract the nimble butterflies and the Valley is no exception. The variety of butterflies found here is staggering with over a 100 types fluttering about amongst the colorful flowers. We also saw spotted birds like the Himalayan golden eagle, snow partridge, Himalayan monal, sparrow hawk and griffin vulture.