Valley of Flowers Uttaranchal
About Valley of Flowers India
Located in the Garhwal region Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers India is a land
of breathtaking natural view. A perfect destination to see the different species
of flora and fauna along with being a great adventure destination, Valley of flowers
is and ideal holiday attraction. Situated on the banks of Pushpawati river and
divided into 2 parts (one reserved for flora and fauna and other ideal for trekking)
is open from June to October as it is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers - Historical Chapter
Along with being a top travel attraction of India, Valley of flowers also has an ancient
legend associated with it. It is believed that Lord Hanuman during Ramayan era collected
'Sanjeevani' herbs to revive Laxmana, the younger brother of Lord Rama. Far from the world
of civilization, earlier this valley was known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley,
the playground of fairies and nymphs.
The Valley of Flowers - How It Was Discovered
Way back in the year 1931, the Valley of Flowers was first introduced to the world by
English mountaineer Frank S. Smith, who was on his way back from an expedition to Mount
Kamet. In 1982, the Valley of Flowers with an area of 87.50 sq. km was declared a National Park.
Flora of the Park - Best Time To Visit
The Valley of Flowers trek Uttaranchal
from November to May, but in the month of June when the ice envelope thaws, the beautiful
flowering plants cover the entire place. Some of the important flowering plants found in
the valley are Aquilogia, Aconite, Anemone, Aster, Anaphalis Bistorta, Codonopsis, Campanula,
Corydalis, Cypripedium, Delphinium, Dactylorhiza, Geum, Geranium, Himalayanblue poppy,
Impetiens, Inula, Lobelia, Lilium, Ligularia, Marsh, Marigold, Morina, Pedicularis, Primula,
Potentilla, Ranunculus, Rhododendron, Saxifraga, Saussurea abvallata, Straw berries, Trysimum,
Thermophis, Trolises etc.
Fauna of the Park
The Valley of Flower Uttaranchal is known mainly for its flowering plants, but it is also
home to a variety of wild animals. You can see wild animals like Musk Deer, Himalayan Bear,
Mountain Goats, Red Fox, Common Langur, Bharal, Serow, Snow Leopard etc. Other wildlife
attractions are Himalayan Birds, Phigents, Butterflies and Tail Less Rat. Also take lots of
Valley of flowers photos while in here.
Valley of Flowers Trekking
A Valley of Flower trek from Govind ghat is an adventurous activity, which you have to
take to reach the park. Here is a planned trek route that you can opt for.
Where to Stay
- From Pulna onwards, your eyes will be treated to scenic beauty of the nature at its undisturbed best - wild flowers, waterfalls, springs, rocky boulders and in between glimpses of snow clad peaks.
- Camping and overnight stay is not allowed in the valley so Ghanghria serves as the base camp during the trek.
- Beyond Ghagharia, the journey is on foot only, entry of ponies is prohibited. Plan a valley of flowers tours to get mesmerized with majestic peaks and river Pushpawati flowing through it, dividing it into two sections.
- There is a single track in the valley to view flowers, no side tracks to have a closer look at what lies farther.
- Within the valley itself you will see many different smaller valleys being formed, these have formed because of streams of glacier water flowing through the valley. The patterns of flowers around these smaller valleys are worth watching, specially the ones around the last of the valleys near Donagair Garh.
- The left bank of Pushpawati has many areas of flat land, one of them is called Nag Tal. The flowers here are considered to be poisonous so pluck, smell or crush them at your own risk.
Accommodation facilities are not available within the park and visitors are not
allowed to stay overnight in the park. You can stay at state-run tourist rest-houses
in Joshimath and Ghangharia. In addition to these, there are several private tourist
lodges and rest-houses in both these places.
How to Reach Valley of Flowers
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun (306 kms) which is well-linked by flights with Delhi.
Rishikesh (289 kms) is the nearest railhead, which has several trains from different parts of the country.
Joshmiath has convenient road connections with the towns of Dehradun and Haridwar. From Joshimath, hire a vehicle to reach Govindghat (17 kms), beyond which you have to take a trek of about 17 kms to reach the gate of the park.
Few Important Distances From The Valley of Flowers India
- Delhi - 595 km
- Rishikesh - 225 km
- Auli - 56 km
- Nanital - 231 km
- Dehradun - 256 km
- Shimla - 483 km
- Chandigarh -423 km
- Joshimath - 42 km