Believed to be the most angelic creation of God, flowers are most priced things that used to bedeck the Garden of Eden. Similar to that Garden, the Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal is replete with numerous rare and beautiful flowers. Valley of Flowers is Mythological Celestial Garden, a place from where legendary Hanuman collected Sanjeevani to revive Laxmana, Lord Rama's brother.
The exquisiteness of the floral varieties was discovered by Frank S. Smith, who put days and nights together to explore this floral zone in Uttaranchal. After a lot of endeavor he finally succeeded in compiling his task in a book named Valley of Flowers, after which this place had been named.
Following his footsteps, in 1939, the renowned botanist Margaret Legge proceeded into further investigation and finally lost her life amongst the slick slant of the dell.
Her burial is perhaps the centre of attraction in Valley of Flowers which reads thus: "I will lift mine eyes, unto the Hills, from whence cometh my strength". From her cenotaph, one can pretty well imagine the splendor of this place, which instigated Smythe to admire a small Primula Flower by saying "In all my mountain wanderings I had not seen a more beautiful flower than this Primula".
Stretched across an area of 87.50 square kilometers, the Valley of Flowers was selected as a National Park in 1982. Prior to this, the Bhyundar Valley had been a pastoral graze for animals and birds. Sheeps and Lambs would often come here during summer, so remarked the locals. They generally arrived in Toli, containing 700-1000 sheeps, goats and horses, the primary camping ground being some such regions like Bamini Dhaur, Kunt Khal, Bistoli, Lower Drunagar, Tipra and Sewachand. The villagers after being notified by the Government shifted their grazing zone from here to the lower side of the dale.
Come and enjoy the ravenous ridges, aromatic flowers and charming bucolic. Valley of Flowers would be an invigorating experience for a Botanist and common man alike.
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