Last Updated on June 6, 2022
Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Chamoli district
of Uttarakhand. It is located at a height of almost 3000 meters and the place is
accessible to general public from June to October every year. For the rest of the
year, its covered in snow. The valley is expanded in 87 sq. km. It is part of
Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park. Here you can check things to do in Valley of flowers.
- 1 Why is Valley of flowers famous?
- 2 History of Valley of Flowers
- 3 Things to know before visiting the Valley
- 4 Things to do in Valley of flowers
- 5 Other places to visit in nearby
- 6 Travel by bus; Choose zingbus.
Why is Valley of flowers famous?
- It is home for more than 600 flowering species, including thealpine
flowers and the state flower of Uttarakhand i.e. Brahmkamal.
- Many animal species are also found such as leopard, asiatic black bear,
brown bear, musk deer, blue sheep, etc.
- Pushpawati river flows alongside the snow-clad mountains, the cliffs,
glaciers, the waterfalls and the thrilling beauty.
- It is a declared National Park.
- The dense forest and the fresh air are blessings to the lungs and
mesmerising to the eyes.
- The mountains and the scenic beauty is experience of a lifetime.
History of Valley of Flowers
The valley is said to have been discovered in 1931 by a British mountaineer-
Francis Sydney Smythe. He along with is friends lost their way and accidentally
discovered this valley. In 1982, this valley was discovered a National Park. In
2005, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Things to know before visiting the Valley
- The valley is accessible only on foot.
- It is accessible only from June to October.
- One should start early from Ghangaria to have more time.
- Entry for the valley opens at 7 a.m. and last entry is till 2 p.m.
- A permit is required from the state forest department to visit the Valley.
- The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.
- The nearest railway station is Rishikesh and from here one can take taxisor buses to reach Govind ghat.
- One can also take bus directly to Govind ghat.
- Water resistance trekking pants, warm clothes, raincoat, sunglasses,
- Some snacks, water bottles, etc. should be carried along.
- For Indians- 150 rupees
- Foreigners- 650 rupees
Things to do in Valley of flowers
- Difficulty- Easy to moderate
- Exact location- Garhwal region
- Best season- July to September
- Best way to reach- Bus
As the name suggests, Valley of Flowers boasts innumerable types of flowers
that are treat for the eyes. The Valley is surrounded by mountains on all sides.
The trekkers also witness the Valley of Flowers National Park that is famous for
its endemic alpine flowers.
This trek is best enjoyed in monsoon season. This place is also believed to the
place from where Lord Hanuman brought the life saving herb to save Lakshman.
Visit Hemkund Sahib
One can visit Sri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara that literally means ‘lake of
snow’. If one find the terrain difficult, they can hire porters, helicopters to reach
here. The Hemkund lake is surrounded by many peaks whose reflection is seen
in clear water. It is also believed that Guru Govind Singh used to visit this place
for meditation. Hemkund Sahib is dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind
Though the valley opens for general public fro June, the flowers bloom maximum
in the month of August. However, August is also the monsoon month and roads
might get blocked.
On the way to the Valley of Flowers, lies Ghangaria which is the last human
habitation spot before one reaches the valley. Here, two rivers, Hemganga and
Pushpawati river merge. This place is usually used as a base camp by travellers
going to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.
Ghangaria has a helipad too and one can hire porter or a helicopter to avoid the
difficult terrain. The place also has many hotels where all kinds of dishes are
served. BSNL signal is somewhat available but not Jio or Airtel.
Visit to Nanda Devi National Park
The park is famous for many threatened species of flora and fauna such as
Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, etc. River Rishi Ganga flows through this park
and forms Rishi Ganga gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world. Other
rivers such as Alaknanda, Dhauli Ganga, Pushpawati also cross these areas.
Best time to visit is from May to October.
It is a natural stone bridge located in Mana Village which is 28km from the Valley
of Flowers. It is built on Saraswati river that flows with its might and along with
the village, it offers a scenic beauty that is mesmerising to to the eyes. It a
great location for beautiful photos and videos.
One can also visit Mana Village that is located near Tibet border. It is inhabited
by Indo-Mongolian tribe known as Bhotiyas. As per mythology, Mahabharat was
written in the Mana village by Sage vyas.
Many rare species of birds are seen at Ghangaria, Govindghat, Hemkund lake,
etc. The commonly seen birds include the Himalayan Snowcock, Black Francolin,
Common Hill Partridge, Bearded Vultures ,etc. These birds are treat to the eyes
and great for photography.
Staying in the Valley
As the Valley is a protected site, tourists are not allowed to stay there at night.
They have to trek back to Ghangaria or Govindghat in order to find an
accommodation. There are many lodges and hotels at these two places.
Food guide for the Valley
Once you start the trekking, there are no eating points on the way and it might
take almost 7 hours to explore the valley. Therefore, it is advisable to pack and
carry lunch, refreshments, etc.
In the restaurants at Ghangaria which is 3.2 kms away from the valley, one can
find all kinds of food including Chinese, Punjabi, and local dishes.
The area receives low annual rainfall, but heavy monsoon rain in month of July-
August. There is mist all over and low lying clouds during monsoon and hence,
the soil is moist. From April to June, the temperature is moderate to cool. The
valley is snow laden from October to March every year.
Other places to visit in nearby
It is located at an elevation of 3133m and belongs to Lord Vishnu
and is situated on the right bank of Alaknanda river.
Joshnimath- It is one of the four maths created by Adi Shankaracharya. It is
connected to Auli via cable car.
It is a famous hill station and a popular winter destination. The place has
numerous adventurous activities like skiing, trekking, camping, etc.
Pandukeshwar- It lies near Badrinath and is a sacred village in Chamoli
district. It is a pilgrimage site and is said to have been established by King
Pandu, father of Pandavas.
It is one of the 5 prayags located on Alaknanda river and is
32km from Badrinath.
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