Valley of Flowers
Despite of all the toughs and troubles, Despite of all misdemeanor and violations the earth has its own beauty… that stand still and cannot get ruined by any calamity. And that’s the power of the creator or the stubbornness of positivist. Because whatever might happen in life the spring never fades, the bloom never looses its shade.
Talking about beauty, the earth has so much in it. Beaches, Mountains, Waterfall, Planets and so much more. All these big things shows their ultimate essence of being irresistible. But we might have never thought that we find these things so bewitching but if anytime we go near these alluring creations then we get scared. The mountains that look so majestic from far-far away looks more than scary if we go near. The beaches that tempts our soul to admire its beauty gives the hypnotism that it would take us away with it. And if we look at the gigantic Waterfall which brings peace to our eyes makes us feel that if we go near by them it would make us a part of the beauty and would flow us away with the force.
But have we have ever thought of those small and arresting beauty that gives the ultimate peace fragrance and calmness to our eyes. Those little heavenly creations that adds the essence of being beautiful not only in one’s life or a garden but whether it’s an inauguration or a memorial ceremony, It always gives the sight of pleasure within.
And they are Flowers. Flowers are the God’s finest workmanship in the world. It is his finest gift to the mankind. Flowers sway and flowers charm – all around the world. Flowers cheer us all. They inspire poems and songs that melt hearts.
As someone who is constantly looking for an excuse to Travel, the best gift that anyone can give to other one is the travel plan. And if you are fauna lovers or even the nature lover then The beautiful and one piece of paradise in the earth itself is the exact adventurous place to trek for you. And that place is ‘The Valley of Flowers’.
A world Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is probably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The spread of colorful flowers against the snow – capped mountains during spring is a must-see. Valley of Flowers as its name suggests, is famous for its variety of flowers across its beautiful landscape. If you are looking for a fairy land, come to the Valley of Flowers, which before discovery was an exclusive home for the fairies. Valley of Flowers is a vibrant and splendid Indian national park reposing in West Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. It was declared as a National Park in 1882.It is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meter’s above sea level, protected by snowy mountains. It has been a world heritage today.
For centuries this enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the snow melted with the advent of summer.
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Valley of Flowers was not very popular destination before Frank Scythe who is officially credited with discovering the Valley of Flowers in 1931, but in some circles it is believed that Richard Holds worth, a botanist member of Scythe’s successful Kamet Expedition was the real discoverer of the Valley of flowers.
Frank Scythe camped in valley of flowers for one month to collect material for his book ‘‘The Valley of Flowers’’ and took with him seeds for the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. In furtherance of Scythe’s work, Joan Margaret Legged went to the Valley of flowers in 1939 to study and collect more flowers. She camped at Valley of flowers for a few days, and unfortunately lost her life when she slipped from a rock while picking flowers in valley of flowers. Later in 1944, her sister visited the Valley and built a small memorial in the shape of a tombstone there in the valley of flowers.
Flora and Fauna
Every year, the Valley was splashed with color it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades of colors as months progressed. Finally one day, nature condescended to bless humans with this heavenly sight, when Frank Smith – mountaineer, explorer, botanist – chanced upon it in the monsoon of 1931. He authored a book called ‘’The Valley of Flowers’’ which unveiled the beauty and floral splendors of the valley and made the world sit up and watch. Valley of Flowers is endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. High in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region sprawls this enchanting valley. People also have believe that this is the only place where Hanuman had collected Sanjeevani buti to cure Lakshmana. The Valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and of course trekkers.
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Location of Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. 300 Kms North of Rishikesh, near Badrinath. You need to Travel by Road till Govindghat and from the trek to Valley of Flowers starts. Govindghat is 20 kms before Badrinath. Till Govindghat there is a motor-able Road. Rishikesh is 6 hours Drive from New Delhi, India. The nearest town is Ghangharia, after Joshimath.
The Valley is 20 km northwest of Nanda Devi National Park across the wide valley of the Bhyundar Ganga. The other being the shorter Hemkund valley which runs parallel some 10 km south.
Best time to Visit Valley of flowers
During July, August and September is the best time to explore the splendor of this magnificent place.It remains covered with thick blanket of snow during the winter season and gets bloomed during the summer. Dew drops of fllowers, the magical beauty of the place, rhythmic sound of flowing water and the romantic breeze can be enjoyed during July to September. It get closed in October.
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Valley opens at 7:00 am every day and last entry is allowed til 2:00 pm. 5:00 p.m is the last time when you should get out of the place.
About the Trek
Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek about 17km. The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km from Joshimath.
From Delhi if you are travelling, you can take the train to Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govindghat via Rishikesh. Govindghat is about 24 km before Badrinath. You can also drive from Delhi to Govindghat, which is about 500 km.
Govindghat is a small place which is near Joshimath (about one hour distance), where the trek begins. From Govindghat, shared Taxis up to 4km and then treak of less then 11 km which brings trekkers to Ghangaria. The trek Ghangaria is the same as for the Valley of Flowers.
The distance of Valley of flowers from Ghangria is 4km trekking and the distance of Hemkund Sahib is 5 km trekking. Govind Ghat is 270 km from Rishikesh and 20 km from Joshimath, is the motor head for the Valley of Flowers.
Restaurants and Local Food in Valley of Flowers
The areas does not offer many choices in food and hence it is best to pack some for your trip here or make personal arrangements. Some hotels and lodges nearby might serve typical Indian food.
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Places to Stay in Valley of Flowers
Visitors need to find accommodation in Ghangari only as staying back in not allowed in neither Valley of Flowers nor Hemkund Sahib.
Reasons to Visit Valley of Flowers
- Valley of Flowers National Park – It is a world Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is probably one the most beautiful places in the earth. The place is a must-see thing once in a life time.
- A beginners trek– This trek is one of the popular Indian treks and has gained huge popularity as a beginners trek in the Uttarakhand region as it a moderate level trek.
- Himalayas– If you are a Himalayan lover, you are going to love this trek. Wandering among the snow covered mountains and drinking nectar numerous waterfalls in the valley is an experience of lifetime.
- Colorful Paradise– It looks like a colorful paradise if you visit the place.
- Hemkund Sahib– This trek also takes you to the Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib JI, a worship of worship. Located at the Himalayas at a height of 15197 feet, every year, more than 150,000 pilgrims reach here to offer their prayers on the banks of still the blue Hemkund Sahib.
- Ultimate trip– This trek not only takes you to the Adventure but also takes you to the religious and spiritual path. It is a trip to Rishikesh, Joshimath, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
- Budget Trip– This trip gives all possible options for the budget travelers who look for cheap transport, stays and keep an eye on the money spent. It is for all the groups whether with family or with friends.
Places to Visit Nearby Valley of Flowers
Note: Tourists are not allowed to stay overnight in the Valey of Flowers and therefore there is no accommodation in the Park. You can stay at private lodges and hotels at Ghangaria, the base camp for your trek to the Valley of Flowers.