Uttarakhand is the doorway to the unknown in North India. Every corner that you explore, every attraction that you take over, a beautiful feeling follows along. Talking of one such breathtaking place that spends its days waiting for that perfect time to bloom is the Valley of Flowers. Spreading its charm over an expanse of 87 km, it is a high-altitude Himalayan valley which is tucked in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
What’s interesting to know is that this attraction due to its placement in the Western Himalayas was unknown for several years. It was in 1931 when mountaineers Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton, and R.L. Holdsworth, were heading back from their expedition to Mt. Kamet, that they lost the way and landed upon the valley. Intrigued by the beauty, the Mountaineers eventually named it ‘Valley of Flowers’. It also holds a mention in the Hindu Mythology, according to which when Hanuman was called upon to fetch the Sanjeevani Buti (an herb), he came upon here.
What makes the meadows here so charming are the endemic alpine flowers that showcase outstanding natural beauty. Around 520 species of flowering plants bloom in this botanical garden smiling along the Pushpawati River. And that’s not all, this botanical garden is also a loving shelter for some endangered species, namely snow leopard, blue sheep, brown bear, and Asiatic black bear.
By the year 1982, this tourist attraction was declared a national park. In 2004, Valley of Flowers National Park was honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The very next year, the region was expanded to include Valley of Flowers National Park along with a larger buffer zone. It was then given the name Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks.
Further, the soothing aura of the Himalayan flowers in this national park is what pulls a number of mountaineers, botanists all round year. The valley remains covered in snow half the year and opens up on the 1st of June and closes on 4th October every as the winters set in and it is the time of fresh snowfall. However, the best time to visit Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand is just after the first monsoon rain i.e., from mid-July to mid-August. The landscape is refreshed at this time and contrasts the rugged mountains of Nanda Devi National Park. The months after experience snowfall and the region gets covered with layers and layers of snow.
When it comes to planning a Valley of Flowers tour, the only option that travelers have is to opt for trekking. Dehradun Airport and Rishikesh Railway Station are the easiest way to commute. From there onwards, travelers have to reach Joshimath from Dehradun which is approximately 12 hours’ drive and an additional one hour drive to Govindghat. From here onwards, the trek to Valley of Flowers begin. For the same, enthusiasts have to cover 13 km from Govindghat to Ghangaria to reach the base point. For the convenience of travelers, cabs from Govindghat to Pulna/Poolna are made available to cover another 4 km. Upon reaching the base, just a distance of 3.7 km is to be trekked.
One of the popular places to visit near Valley of Flowers is Shri Hemkund Sahib. An important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Sikhs, the shrines is nestled adjacent to a glacial lake surrounded by seven peaks with holy Nishan Sahib (a sacred symbol) on each of the cliffs.
Valley of Flowers Trek Complete Details 2020
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers
Though, the Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand remains covered with snow majority of the year, it remains open only from June until October. However, the best time to visit is from mid-July to mid-August. During this time, the flowers are in full bloom and present a sight to behold.
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Valley of Flower Opening Timing
Opening Timings to visit Valley of Flowers is from 8:00 am 5:00 pm.
Valley of Flowers Entry fees:
Entry fees of Valley of Flowers national park is INR 150 (For Indian). However, for foreigners, it is Rs. 600, i.e., around $10.
Valley of flowers Trekking Package
Day 1: Haridwar – Govindghat
On your arrival at Haridwar, meet our tour representative and get transferred to Govindghat. Overnight stay at Govindgaht.
Day 2: Govindghat – Ghangria (13 km / 7 hours)
Today, from Govindghat you indulge in a 13 km trek to Ghangria, which takes 7 hours to complete. Night stay is scheduled at Ghangria.
Day 3: Ghangria - Valley of flowers – Ghangria
On the third day of your Valley of Flowers trek tour, continue your trek from Ghangria to Valley of Flowers. Enjoy the winsome scenic beauty and serenity of the place. Now trek back to Ghangria. Overnight stay at Ghangria.
Day 4: Ghangria – Hemkund – Ghangria
Today, from Ghangria, you trek to the holy site of Hemkund. Offer sincere prayers and get the blessings of the almighty. Done with darshans and poojas, trek back to Ghangria. Home stay at Ghangria.
Day 5: Ghangria – Govindghat
On the fifth day, continue your return trek from Ghangria to Govindghat. Night stay at Govindghat.
You may also opt to visit Badrinath (two and a half hours drive from Govindghat), Joshimath or Auli (2 hours’ drive from Govindghat).
Day 6: Haridwar – Delhi Railway Station
On the sixth and last day, from Govindghat straight away drive to Haridwar. On reaching Haridwar, take night train to Delhi for your onward journey.