INDIA TRAVEL - VALLEY OF FLOWERS NATIONAL PARK UTTARAKHAND


Hi friends! Spring season is around the corner and each one of us looks forward to seeing flowers blooming to their full glory. What if I take you to a place not only filled with amazing flowers in full bloom but also complete with stunning natural beauty and rare wild animals, coupled with all the adventurous stuff you may want to have.

I am talking about Valley of Flowers National Park. As the name itself suggests, it indeed is a valley full of beautiful flowers in full bloom. So whenever and wherever you are in India, try not to miss it.

Valley of Flowers was found accidentally by three British mountaineers in 1931, when they were on a trekking mission and lost their way. Until then it was completely unknown. But today it is a world heritage sight.

Beautiful Valley of Flowers
A Scenic view of Valley of Flowers

LOCATION - Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in Northern India. Situated in west Himalayas, it is about 500 kms(312 mi) from New Delhi and about 300 kms(188mi) from Haridwar. It is situated at a height of around 3600 metres(app. 14000 ft).

It comes in the Zanskar  and Himalaya mountain ranges and is complemented by Nanda Devi National Park in the east and together, both of them cover a unique transition zone between these mountain ranges. Both parks form part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, itself a part of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.
It derives it's picturesque beauty from a diverse range of endemic flora. Besides floral postures, Valley of Flowers has plenty of running streams complemented by beautiful backdrop of green mountains. Green meadow, white clouds and mountains blend and it becomes a location, one often dreams of.

Valley of Flowers at it's full glory
Flowers in Full Bloom
During winters, it remains covered in thick snow. However, flowers are in full bloom during July-September period. Pushpawati river's water splits the valley into two. The musical sound of flowing water, the fresh breeze and dew drops on flowers make for a very romantic view. Locals believe that fairies used to live in this area. That is why this area looks like a fairyland.
Apart from rich floral wealth, Valley of Flowers is also home to many rare and endangered species of animals. Some of them are Asiatic black bear, red fox, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear and blue sheep. Birds found here include Monal Pheasant and many other high altitude birds.

CLIMATE - Climate is generally moderate here with maximum temperature touching around 19 degrees from April to June. July to August are heavy monsoon months.

Stunningly beautiful view of Valley of Flowers
Stunningly Beautiful


HOW TO REACH - As described earlier,Valley of Flowers is about 500 kms from Delhi and 300 kms from Haridwar. You can take a train from Delhi to Haridwar. From Haridwar, the nearest motorable town to Valley of Flowers is Govindghat near Joshimath. You can reach there by bus via Rishikesh or hire a taxi. Alternately, you can hire a taxi directly from Delhi to Govindghat.

From here it requires a trekking of about 17 kms(10.5 mi). From Govindghat shared taxis are available for upto a distance of 4 kms and then the trek begins. After a trek of 11 kms you reach Ghangariya which is 3 kms from the valley(You can also hire porters, mules or helicopter to reach Ghangariya). From here, trek is common for both, the valley as well as Sikh temple of Hemkud Sahib. It takes 3 days to reach the Valley of Flowers from Haridwar.

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On reaching Ghangariya, you will be welcomed by fields containing perfumed wild roses and wild strawberries.
Here, you have to take a permit from the Forest department to visit the valley. This permit is valid for 3 days. You can trek only during the day time as night trekking is not allowed here. Further, you have to stay at Ghangariya as staying is not permitted in the valley.

TIMING - It opens at 7 am every morning and last entry is at 2 pm in the afternoon. And it closes at 5 pm. You must reach there by 6.45 am to get the tickets. Tickets are priced at Rs 150/- for Indians and Rs 600/- for foreigners. This is valid for 3 days and for every additional day, Indians have to pay Rs 50/- and foreigners Rs 250/-. 

WHEN TO VISIT - Although Valley of Flowers is beautiful all the time, to see the flowers in full bloom, the best time is from late July to September. But if you love glaciers, best time for you is in June. If you want to see Brahmkamal flowers in Hemkud Saheb, visit in August and September.

WHERE TO STAY - You have to stay in Ghangariya. It has plenty of guest houses and hotels. Checkout Fabhotels for best hotels and deals. Food can be an issue at the valley as not many options are available. So you must pack some food with you when you go to valley.

So it has something for everyone. Whether you are a nature lover, an adventurer or a wildlife enthusiast, Valley of Flowers is the place for you.


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