Approximately 300 kilometres north of Rishikesh, in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand is located the magnificent Valley of flowers sprawling across an area of 87 square kilometres with the backdrop of the beautiful Zanskar Ranges.
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- This place was surprisingly discovered by a great mountaineer called Frank S Smith in 1931 and since then it’s been a World Heritage Site.
- Numerous Mountain Animals
- As per the local beliefs, this valley was inhabited by fairies. No wonder, it’s a fairy land.
This place was surprisingly discovered by a great mountaineer called Frank S Smith in 1931 and since then it’s been a World Heritage Site.
Photo Source: Valley Of Flowers
Famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the ailing Lakshmana from the valley of flowers. A perfect place to laze around the umpteen number of Himalayan water-falls, streams and paddocks and let the beauty of the place sink in.
Numerous Mountain Animals
There is a wild variety of mountain animals to be found in the valley of flower such as Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. The Valley is plush with green pastures and running streams. Pushpawati river bed is 8 kilometers from the entry gate. You can see the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is due to a colony of a beautiful flower Epilobium Latifolium or we can call it River Beauty also.
It takes minimum 3 days to reach Valley of flowers in uttarakhand from Haridwar. The last motor-able point is Govindghat. It is around 500 km from New Delhi and 300 km from Haridwar.
The Trekking Experience:
The trek starts from Govindghat, 20 kms before Badrinath. Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek to the valley. It has private lodges and hotels for accommodation. One cannot stay at Valley of flowers, therefore Ghangaria remains an ideal place to relax and sleep.
It is managed and administered by the Uttarakhand State Forestry Department and Ministry of Environment and Forests. Settlement in this park is not allowed and grazing is also banned since 1983. Valley of flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season.
It is in full bloom during July, August and September. This is the best time to explore the splendor of this magnificent place. The aqua waters of Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts.
Dew drops of flowers, the rhythmic sound of flowing water and the romantic breeze can be enjoyed by the visitors during the period of July to September.