Valley of Flowers

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A brief description about “Valley of Flowers”- The National Park of India

The Valley of Flowers National Park, highly renowned for its natural beauty, is the 2nd Zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is located in the Western Himalayas. The invention of this valley happened incidentally by two British mountaineers named R.L. Holdsworth and Franks S. Smythe in 1931 after the successful voyage of Mount Kamlet.

Valley of Flowers falls in the district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India, offering intensifying beauty of nature. Generally Known as Bhyundar Valley, this national park is spreads over an estimated area of 87.50 square kilometer amid numerous alpine trees. Situated at an elevation ranging between 3,658 mts to 6,750 mts above sea level, the valley of flowers was acknowledged as National park of India in 1982 and now it becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This valley is separated in to two parts by Pushpawati River flowing through it.

According to the legendary stories of Ramayana, it was believed that this is place where Lord Hanuman explored for Sanjivani Booti for Lakshman when he was wounded in the war by Indrajit. Presently, no arrangements and grazing are permitted in the national park. After following the easy trek of 17 km from Joshimath, one can arrive at the Valley-of-flowers. The trek begins from a place named Govindghat, which is small town near to Joshimath.

Here at Valley of Flowers, you will find many cascading waterfalls and varied flora and fauna that enhance the beauty of this region. The untouched and pure beauty of this National Park has always attracts nature lovers, botanists and adventure enthusiasts. Open from month of June to October, Valley of Flowers National Park is the home of few rare animals such as Brown bear, snow leopard, Asiatic black bear and brown bear. Along with the beautiful lush green environment this valley also possesses more than 500 species of different wild flowers of exceptional design and colors.

The Valley of Flowers is abode of variety of wide ranging animals such as red fox, mouse hares, red fox, Bahrals, langurs, and serows. Except this, the valley is being occupied by numerous birds for example snow pigeons, Himalayan snow cocks, Himalayan golden eagles, snow partridges, and griffon vultures is assumed as a bird's paradise.

Located at the distance of 13 kms from Govindghat, Ghangaria is the end human territory hub on the way to this National Park. It is picturesque small town situated at an elevation of 3046 meters above sea level. The area remains completely enclosed with thick sheets of snow during winters and with flourishing flowers from June – October months

Basic Info of Valley of flowers
State: Uttarakhand
District: Chamoli
Popular for/as: Hill
Height: 3250 m
Area Pincode: 249401
Language spoken: Hindi
Weather: Winter 7 to 20°C & summer 13 to 27°C

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers National park always remains open for tourists from June 1st – October 31st.
you can visit this place is during the months of July, August and September as the season is quite pleasing in these days.

Valley of Flower National Park seasons
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Summer season: In the month of May the valley of Flowers becomes available to visit. As the snow begins melting in these days, you will only see a lot of snow but very less amount of flowers. In the month of June here you encounter difficulties while booking hotel rooms and the rate of things also increases due to the heavy rush of pilgrims for Hemkund Sahib Yatra. However, the visit to Valley of Flowers in the month of June is also beneficial as there is less rain in this season. Particular blooming flowers can be seen in the end of June. Plus you can enjoy seeing magnificent and charming glaciers, waterfalls in this national park. Rainy Season: In the valley of Flowers rainy season starts in the month of June and lasts till first week of July. As snow begins melting in the month of May and new flowers/ plants starts evolving and grow up till now. You will watch numerous flowers blooming till mean of July. In Valley of Flowers, there are around 650 ranges of flowers in total that can be view here. The perfect time to see utmost number of flowers starts from mid July to lasts till Mid August.

Autumn season: The September month is the autumn season of Valley of Flowers. This is considered to be last month for visiting valley of flower. In this time period all the plants/flowers starts drying up and lay their seeds on the soil for the next season. Gradually at the last of the month and in the Next Month snow commences falling and the valley becomes unreachable. The Last official tour to Valley of Flowers is usually taken in the last week of September.

Note: In the valley of Flowers night stay is not permitted for tourists and thus there is no accommodation in the Park. In case you’re planning to visit this place, then book rooms in private lodges and hotels located in Ghangaria which is the foot camp for your trek to the Valley of Flowers.


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