As the British mountaineer Frank Smythe came upon the Valley of Flowers for the first time, he exclaimed, “In all my mountain wandering, I have not seen a more beautiful valley where the human spirit may find repose”. Such is the magic of this astonishing place that it is virtually impossible to come out of its spell. Dispersed all over with most bewildering variety of flowers, the Valley appears like a reflection of heaven, with one of most beautiful rendition of celestial colors.
Forming a part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the Valley was accorded the status of a National Park in 1982 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Although any reason should be worth the decision for visiting this beautiful place, we enlist here 5 Reasons You Should Visit the Valley of Flowers National park. Believe us, this would be one of your most fascinating journeys of the lifetime.
The trek to the Valley of Flowers is one of the most incredible and extraordinary expedition. Although located at a stunning altitude of 15,200 feet, the hike is relatively much easier as compared to other treks perched at similar heights. Therefore it can be easily accomplished even by trekkers having little experience. Normally taking 4-5 days, the trek starts from Govindghat and passes through some stunning locations, of which Gurdwara Hemkund Sahib is one.
En route, the trekkers come across a bewildering variety of flora and fauna and an astonishingly rich diversity of flowers, for which, of course, the valley is known for. With the majestic Himalayas, forming an incredible backdrop, the trek resembles a heavenly course and surely cannot be afforded to be missed.
The Valley of flowers is enveloped in cradle of the majestic Himalayas and hence it is one of the best places to admire these mighty “guards”. The mountains surrounding Valley of Flowers also border China and Nepal, while it also flanked by the incredible Zanskar and other Great Himalayan Peaks from all sides.
On the way to the Valley through these mountains, you will see several cascading falls and numerous varieties of exotic flora and fauna. The mountains also boast of an expansive grassland which look enchanting in all its grandeur. No doubt the rewards are endless visiting this amazing destination.
Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara
One of the holiest site for Sikhs in India, Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara is as beautiful as it is sacred. The Gurdwara lies on the trek route to Valley of Flowers and if you are undertaking this incredible hike during the summer months, then don’t forget to visit this fascinating place. The Gurdwara, otherwise remaining closed during the harsh winter months (October to April), is devoted to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Although the route to the Gurdwara is a bit difficult, the journey is nevertheless worth undertaking. The wonderful Gurdwara made of white marble will definitely enchant your sights and offer you a wonderful experience of the destination. Read More
What good visiting this astonishing place would do you if you don’t indulge in some amazing photography? In short, the Valley of Flowers is a photographer’s paradise. The landscape is so breathtaking and the sights are so mesmerizing that even a novice would be able to click shots worth admiring, what to say of the skilled photographers.
Each frame speak a thousand words of the beauty with which the region is blessed with and manifests as something as a divine poetry or a painting by gods. Thus, don’t even imagine forgetting your camera before visiting this incredible site and bring back memories worth cherishing for a long time.
Solo and Budget travelers
The Valley of flowers may be located at a remote location but it is one of the most reasonable destinations to access in terms of money. The public transport takes you till the point where the trekking route starts. Thereafter, the route is dotted with cheap hotels and other accommodations as stopovers. Thus, the destination is accessible to every kind of traveler.
It appears as if Nature demands no charge to enjoy its incredible beauty, making the Valley of Flowers rise up in the travelers’ charts as most sought after destination. Therefore lose yourself in sheer picturesque delight without bothering much about your wallet and savor the amazing beauty that is exhibited in front of your eyes.
Entry fee-Indian/foreigner ₹150/600,
Camera/video fee- ₹70/50
Timings-07:00 AM- 05.00 PM
How to Reach Valley of Flowers National Park
The nearest airport to reach the Valley of Flowers is Jolly International Airport located in Dehradun. However the road from the airport only takes you up to Govind Ghat and from here, there is a 16 km trek to the Valley. The distance between Govind Ghat and the Valley of Flowers is approximately 292 km. The airport is well connected to Delhi and other important cities through regular flights. You can then board taxis from the airport, taking you to Govind Ghat.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is well connected to Delhi and other major cities. Again, however, the road (NH 58) from Rishikesh takes you only up to Govind Ghat (located at 273 km) from where there is a 16 kilometer trek to the Valley. Taxis and buses to Govindghat are available from Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Chamoli, Srinagar and other destinations.
Govindghat is linked by good motorable roads to major destinations in Uttarakhand and neighboring states. There are regular buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar from Delhi’s ISBT. You can thereafter hire taxis from these locations to Govindghat, which is situated on the National Highway number 58.
Best time to Visit Valley of Flowers
The enchanting Valley of Flowers National Park has only a small window during the year, i.e. the National Park is open only from 1st June to 31st October. However, the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is from July to September.
The snow, which had started to melt from the May end, completely disappears during July, replacing itself with stunning variety of flowers which remain in bloomed state till mid-September. After this, they begin to get dry which is followed by early dividends of snow after which the valley becomes inaccessible.
Places to Stay
There is no provision of stay within the Valley of Flowers. Accommodation is available as Private Hotels and Lodges at Ghangharia or Govindghat. Besides GMVN Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House are also available at Govindghat and Ghangaria in addition to residence in camps and tents. Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara offer free accommodation to visitors visiting the Valley of Flowers.
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