Dispersed all over with the most bewildering variety of flowers, the Valley appears like a reflection of heaven, with one of the most beautiful renditions 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 the most fascinating journeys of your lifetime.
The trek to the Valley of Flowers is one of the most incredible and extraordinary expeditions. 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 astonishingly rich diversity of flowers, for which, of course, the valley is known. With the majestic Himalayas, forming an incredible backdrop, the trek resembles a heavenly course and surely cannot be afforded to be missed.
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The Mighty Himalayas
The Valley of flowers is enveloped in the cradle of the majestic Himalayas and hence it is one of the best places to admire these mighty “guards”. The mountains surrounding the Valley of Flowers also border China and Nepal, while it is also flanked by the incredible Zanskar and other Great Himalayan Peaks from all sides.
On the way to the Valley of Flowers from Rishikesh 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 that looks enchanting in all its grandeur. No doubt the rewards are endless for visiting this amazing destination.
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Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara
One of the holiest sites for Sikhs in India, Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara is as beautiful as it is sacred. The Gurdwara lies on the trek route to the 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.
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 speaks a thousand words of the beauty with which the region is blessed and manifests as something as divine poetry or a painting by gods. Thus, don’t even imagine forgetting your camera before visiting this incredible site and bringing back memories worth cherishing for a long time.
Solo and Budget travelers
The Valley of Flowers may be located in a remote location but it is one of the most reasonable destinations to access in terms of money. Mussoorie to Valley of Flowers distance is around 333 km, which you can cover in about 10-11 hours. The public transport takes you to 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 the 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
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 km 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. You can travel in your vehicle too. Dehradun to Valley of Flowers distance is approx. 303 km and will take about 9 hours. and if you are coming from Badrinath, then Badrinath to Valley of Flowers distance is only 25 km. You can combine the two and make your trip to the Valley of Flowers delightful.
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 a stunning variety of flowers that remain in the 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 in and around Valley of Flower
There is no provision for 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 offers free accommodation to visitors visiting the Valley of Flowers.