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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.

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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.

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Valley of Flowers Flora of the Park - Best Time To Visit
The Valley of Flowers trek Uttaranchal remains snow-covered 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
Cheetal Stag 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
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
Airport : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun (306 kms) which is well-linked by flights with Delhi.
Rail Rishikesh (289 kms) is the nearest railhead, which has several trains from different parts of the country.
Road : 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.

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