Explore the Valley of Flowers – An Experience of a Lifetime
Prettier than the images, Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most alluring destinations in India that gives a tough competition to many tourist destinations abroad. Situated in the West Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers National Park is rich in flora and fauna – it is home to the rarest animal species in the country. Adorned with around hundreds of flower species, this high-altitude Himalayan Valley attracts tourist from all round the world, especially mountaineers and botanists.
About Valley of Flowers
Engulfed in the Bhyundar Valley, Chamoli District, the Valley of Flowers has been a popular spot offering breathtaking views to the onlooker. Mountaineers visit for the moderately difficult Valley of Flowers trek passing through the spectacular flower garden with plethora of flowers. Some of the most common flower species include Brahmakamal, Inulas, Asters, Rhododendrons and Epilobium. The flowers in the valley bloom for three months every year. You can witness whole new composition of flowers every 2-3 days.
While admiring the spectacular valley for its colorful and scented flowers, you can also come across beautiful butterflies. If you are enough lucky, you can even spot the rare wild animals such as a Musk Deer, the snow leopard, Himalayan Mouse Hare a Bear or Blue Sheep trotting in their natural habitat. The valley is also home to various bird species and it is thus a perfect spot for bird-watchers to relax and admire the beauty of nature.
The topography of Valley of Flowers will leave you awe-struck. When at the foot of the valley, one can witness the lush verdant meadows divided by a cold stream. On looking around, you will see high mountains wrapped in a blanket of snow blending in the blue sky.
How to Reach Valley of Flowers – Location
While planning a trip to the exceptionally beautiful valley, you need to know how to reach valley of flowers. The closest motorable road ends at Govind Ghat and it is a short drive of 1 hour from Joshimath. Once you reach Govind Ghat, it is 13 kilometer trek that leads to Ghangaria. In general, it takes around 4 to 8 hours to cover the trek through the steep and narrow valley. It is the last check-point before you reach the Valley of Flowers which is further a trek of 3 kilometers from Ghangaria. You will cross the lush green meadows of the valley.
Nearest Airport: Dehradun Airport (Jolly Grant Airport)
Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, at a distance of 254 kilometers from Joshimath.
Climate – Valley of Flowers
The weather in Valley of Flowers remains dry usually except during monsoons. Valley of Flowers experiences heavy rainfall during monsoons that turns the soil moist for vegetation. From the months of April to June, the climate remains moderately cool. During the end of June, monsoon starts which continues till the month of September. Towards the end of October, heavy snowfall is experienced in the area of the valley.
Best time to Visit – Valley of Flowers
If you want to see the hundreds of flower species blooming in the Valley, the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is from July to September. Remember, visiting the valley during winters is strictly prohibited. The green meadows and flower valley is covered by a thick layer of snow during the winter months. You won’t find anything but snow all around.
Things to do and Places to see – Valley of Flowers
After all the efforts, panting and tiring journey of almost 20 hours – the 13 kilometer trek to Ghangharia and then the 3 kilometers trek to Valley of Flowers, you will be happy with the reward. The breathtaking view of the exceptionally amazing valley will leave you astounded. All you have to do is allure the charismatic beauty and rejuvenate your senses.
Settled at an altitude of 4,329 meters from sea level, Hemkund Sahib is the world’s highest Gurudwara. The area of Gurudwara is encompassed by snow-capped mountains named Hemkund Parvat. Tourists or adventure travelers usually choose the itinerary of a trek to the valley followed by the Hemkund Sahib trek. A trek to Hemkund Sahib is 15 kilometers climb from Govind Ghat and you will be amazed by the path lined by wild roses, rhododendron and alpine flowers.
Another stunner in the Valley you can witness is the Pushpawati River. Rising from the base of Himalayas, close to the East Kamet Glacier, the river flows southwards, on its way draining the valley. Depending on the mythological facts believed, it is said that the Pandavas noticed flowers floating in the water and thus named the river Pushpawati.
If you are an adventure enthusiast out with a group of like-minded people, camping is a great idea in the Valley of Flowers. Camp overnight in Ghangaria, located at a distance of 13 kilometer from the valley. Engulfed in the verdant meadows and snow-capped peaks, Ghangaria is the best place for camping under the starry sky. You can plan a trip to the Valley of Flowers this year. Book your flight tickets to Dehradun at Indian Eagle and allure the blooming of flowers in Uttarakhand.