The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a heaven on Earth. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a gorgeous bouquet of more than 500 species of exotic Himalayan flora, including saxifrags, sediams, calendular, daisies, lilies, poppy, geranium, petunia, and zinnia. Besides being famous for the enchanting meadows of alpine flowers, this picturesque valley is also known to be a home to Asiatic black deer, musk deer, red fox,snow leopard, blue sheep and brown bear. While mountaineers, botanists, and nature lovers from all across the world are appalled by the beauty of this place, the magical Valley of Flower intrigues mythologists alike for its association with the Hindu deity, Lord Hanuman. It is believed that Hanuman collected the ‘Sanjeevani Buti’, the herb that infused life into Lord Lakshman, from this part of the Himalayas.
Here is all you need to know about this hidden gem:
The Valley of Flowers is perched gracefully in Chamoli district (Uttarakhand), near Badrinath, at an altitude of 3,858m. The exact location is along the upper stretches of river Bhyundar Ganga, which is a minor river that flows through the Hemkund Lake, near Joshimath.
How to reach:
Rail: The nearest railway station is in Rishikesh. The Valley of Flowers is approximately 276 kilometers away from this point.
Air: The closest airport is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is 295 kilometers far from the Valley of Flowers.
Road: If you are travelling by road, it will take you 11 hours to drive from Dehradun to Joshimath. Another one-hour drive will take you to Govind Ghat, the point from where the trek to the Valley of Flowers begins.
Trek: There is a 14-kilometer steep, narrow yet well-defined trek from Govind Ghat to the base camp at Ghangaria. From this point, the Valley of Flowers is just 3 kilometers away.
Best time to visit:
The Valley of Flowers remains open for travellers from June till October, every year. The entries start at 7 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. It is mandatory to get out of the valley by 5 in the evening.
Visiting the valley in June would be great if you wish to see huge glaciers, while July will boast of splendid flowers at full bloom. Towards August and September, the number of flowers marginally decreases and plants turn yellowish or peachy. The month of October marks the start of snowfall. The valley remains snow-clad till May, post which the snow starts melting and the seeds germinate again.
The ticket to enter the Valley of Flowers costs Rs 150 for Indian Nationals. For Foreigners, the ticket price is Rs 600. Each ticket has a validity of 3 days. However, the validity can be extended by spending an additional Rs 50 (Indians) and Rs 250(Foreigners), each day.
So what are you waiting for? Dust your trekking shoes off and head out to witness the beauty of wild untamed blooms surrounded by lofty snow-covered peaks!
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Last modified: November 6, 2019