Valley of flowers

VALLEY OF FLOWERS

Beautified with rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully nestled in the Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek to the Valley of Flowers goes through dense forest, along with the Pashupawati River and can be reached by several crossing bridges. Ghangaria is a small town situated 13km from Govindghat which is the last human residency center on the way to valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers is situated at the height of 3658 meters above sea level and spread over an area of 87sq km in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. In the year 1982, the valley of flowers was declared as the National Park of India because the area’s valley is rich in flora and fauna and it is now as UNESCO world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this mystical valley has always attracted the botanists and nature lovers. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is the second core zone of Valley of Flowers which is blessed with numerous natural springs, silvery glaciers and shrubs that welcome the visitants at every step.

The Valley of flower appears to change its color throughout the season from May to October, with lots of flowers blooming and changing in various colors and shades as per time progress. The valley is home to many famous flowers such as Brahma Kamal, Cobra lily , Blue Poppy and many more and  also home to rare and endangered species of animal including the Asiatic black bear, brown bear, musk deer, snow leopard,  blue sheep, red fox , Himalayan weasel, lime butterfly, etc.

It is much awaited destination for flower lovers, botanists, trekkers, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. The Valley of flower is popular among international tourists and thousands of foreigners visit here every year.

What is Valley of flowers famous for?

Valley of Flowers is famous for flowers, Flora and Fauna, Trekking and UNESCO site. The beauty of this mystical valley has always attracted the botanists, trekkers, photographers and nature lovers. The Valley of Flowers is known for its unblemished inner beauty which hosts a bio-diverse area.

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What to do in Valley of Flowers

Trekking- The only and best way to explore this valley is on foot. The Valley of Flowers route is one of the most popular Himalayan treks in India that offers breathtaking views. Traveling via trek is challenging but ponies are also available for the journey. Overnight stay is not allowed in the Valley of Flowers and one has to go back to Govindghat or Ghangharia by 5 pm to find accommodation facility on the same day.

Photography- It is a perfect place to take pictures and get in touch with nature which will make your journey memorable.

Best time to visit Joshimath

Valley of flower is beautiful in May, June and September but maximum numbers of flowers grow in July and August due to which these months are preferred to visit. The trek is opened for public on 1st June to October every year.

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Must know before travel

  1. The trek opens for public on 1st June to October every year.
  2. Tourists should know about the Weather and Road conditions especially in monsoons season.
  3. Although Valley of flower is beautiful in May, June and September but maximum numbers of flowers grow in July and August due to which these months are preferred to visit.
  4. Carry extra pair of clothes, socks, raincoats, and extra batteries for your camera to capture more photographs.
  5. Overnight stay is not allowed in the Valley of Flowers and one has to go back to Govindghat or Ghangharia by 5 pm to find accommodation facility on the same day.
  6. It is a world Heritage Site, so you have to register yourself here and pay the entry fee and also remove all the plastic bottles you are carrying along.
  7. Entry to Valley of Flowers start daily at 7:00 AM and last entry is allowed till 2:00 PM. You should start returning at 1:00 PM so that you can reach by 5:00 PM.

How to Reach Valley of Flowers

By Road – Valley of flowers is not connected by motorable road but the nearest place Govindghat (near Joshimath) is connected to rest of the India through network of roads. From Delhi or Rishikesh, you can take State transport buses to Govindghat. Govindghat is approx. 17 km far from Valley of Flowers. This distance can be covered by trekking.

By Train – The nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station and many trains connect to Rishikesh from various cities of India.

By Air – Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun is the nearest Airport at a distance of 277 km from valley of flower.

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Nearby Places To Visit

Ghangaria

Ghangaria is a beautiful village nestled at a height of 3050 meter above sea level. It is situated on the confluence of Pushpawati River (coming from the Valley of Flowers) and Hemganga River (coming from the Hemkund Sahib also known as Lakshman Ganga). It can be reached after an easy trek at a distance of 13 km from Govindghat. This dwey place is perched in the lap of Himalayas and it is the last human settlement on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is covered with thick silvery sheet of snow during winters, due to which it remains closed between December to April.

Ghangaria is blessed with natural abundance and is home to diverse flora and fauna as well as it offers breathtaking view of Himalayas. Travelers can either go for trekking, village walk or nature exploration in the jungle.

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Hemkund Sahib (Highest Gurudwara in the World)

Hemkund Sahib formally known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib ji. Hemkund Sahib is a holy site for Sikhs situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at the height of 4329 meters. It dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru (Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708)) which is mentioned in Dasam Granth. This holy site got its name from the glacial lake Hemkund adjacent to the gurudwara, which literally means ‘lake of snow’. There is also a small temple of Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana on the banks of Hemkund Lake.

The Gurudwara is surrounded by snow-capped Garhwal Mountains and nestled between the peaks of the Hemkund Parvat which offers stunning view. Hemkund Sahib remains open for pilgrims at the end of May to beginning of October and is visited by a large number of pilgrims from all over the country during this time.

Note- Pilgrims are required to register themselves for the yatra on the website of the state government.

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Hemkund Lake

The ancient Hemkund Lake is one of the most holy lakes of India. It is situated near the famous shrine of Sikhs, ‘Hemkund Sahib’. This lake is also known as the “Lake of Snow” which is surrounded by seven snow-capped peaks and nourished by glaciers of Saptrishi peaks and Hathi Parvat. This lake is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at the height of 15200 feet above sea level. A small stream named Himganga emerges from this lake.

Pilgrims who visit Hemkund Sahib take a holy dip in this lake before paying obeisance at Gurudwara. The best time to visit this place is summer season, between June to October. Every year a large number of pilgrims visit this place from different parts of the world during this time.

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