Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers Trek - Heaven on Earth

Bestowed with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. 

This glaring piece of nature is an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site exhibiting plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and diverse fauna in this valley.

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Valley of Flowers National Park Tour Packages

Valley of Flowers - Do It Yourself Trek (Budget)
4 Days/ 3 Nights
Rs. 6,500.00
3 Nights Valley of Flowers Package (ex-Govindghat)
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rs. 10,900.00
Valley of Flowers Swiss Camps Tour Package ex-Govindghat
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rs. 12,500.00
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Valley of Flowers Travel Update

Valley of Flowers is now opened for tourists but with some guidelines. The tourist should have ICMR-authorised neative report of Covid-19 before arrival to Uttarakhand State. Asymptomatic travellers from outside the state who have not undertaken the RT-PCR test from an ICMR-authorised lab 72 hours before arrival will have to mandatory undergo quarantine before applying for an e-pass.

Note: This information as per news on 31 July 2020. Please check with local travel agents and authorities to get the updated information trekking permissions in Valley of Flower region.

About Valley of Flowers National Park

The region of Valley of Flowers is rich in varied flora and fauna. The valley of flowers was declared as the National Park of India in the year 1982 and it is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this mystical valley has always lured botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers.

Tucked at 3,658 metres in Bhyundar Valley, the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli district sprawls over a vast expanse of 87.50 square kms, measuring 8 km long and 2 km wide. Valley of Flowers is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve blessed with numerous cascading waterfalls, silvery glaciers and thickets that greet the visitant at every step. Ghangaria, a tiny hamlet situated 13 km from Govindghat is the last human habitation centre on the way to Valley of Flowers.

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The valley of flowers seems to change its colors throughout the season from May to October, as blooms hundreds of different flowers, taking on various colours and shades as time progresses. The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the blue poppy and the cobra lily. It is a much sought destination for flower-lovers, botanists, trekkers, photographers, bird watchers and wildlife photographers. This valley is very popular among International tourists and thousands of foreigners flock to Valley of Flowers every year. 

 Colorful bed of flowers in Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand.

Valley of Flowers Trek Opening and Closing Dates

Opening Date of Valley of Flowers 2020: Valley of flowers has been opened on 1 June 2020. Check out our Valley of flower 2020 tours.

Closing Date of Valley of Flowers 2020: Every year valley of flower closes in October/November. In 2019 the trek of Valley of Flowers was closed on 31 October 2019.

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Activities in Valley of Flowers National Park

Trekking – Adventurers and nature lovers visit beautiful Valley of Flowers which offer travelers with abundant natural beauty in the form of waterfalls, verdant hills covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and streams and of course, myriad flowers. 

Pilgrimage Hemkund Sahib is one of the most revered Sikh shrines in Uttarakhand and thousands of pilgrims partake in arduous pilgrimage every year. The shrine sleeps under a thick blanket of snow during winters. 

Village TourismGhangaria is the last inhabited village one encounters on the Valley of Flowers trek. One can explore the beautiful village situated at the confluence and learn about their rustic way of life, customs and beliefs. You can also visit Byundar Village enroute Ghangharia from Govindghat.

Valley of Flowers National Park Travel Tips

  • Valley of Flowers is opened to public on 1st June every year. The park remains open from the month of June to October.   
  • Start early from Ghangharia to have more time at hand when you are in the Valley of Flowers. It is a world heritage site and therefore you need to enter your names in the register, pay the entry fees and declare all plastic bottles you are carrying along.
  • Entry to Valley of Flowers opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. You should start back around 1 pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.
  • Carry extra pair of Socks, Torch, Poncho/Raincoats, Extra Batteries for your Camera
  • Though the Valley is beautiful in May, June and September. But for maximum number of flowers in July and August are most preferred months.
  • Tourists should inquire about the weather and road conditions especially during the monsoons, before planning their trip to Valley of Flowers. 

Staying in Valley of Flowers National Park

Being situated in the protected wildlife area, no one is allowed to stayfor the night at mesmerizing Valley of Flowers, therefore there is no accommodation in the Park. So, one has to trek back to either Ghangaria or Govindghat in order to find an accommodation in the same day. 

You can stay at private lodges and hotels at Ghangaria, the base camp for your trek to the Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers National Park Food Guide

There are no eating points in the valley and it takes around 5 to 8 hours to explore the valley. It is highly recommended to take packed lunch, refreshments in your day pack, if you are heading towards the flowers valley.

Only place you will find restaurants is at Ghangharia, where north Indian vegetarian food is served along with few popular Chinese, Punjabi and Garhwali dishes. Apart from that, one can find eating options at the hotels which have in-house restaurants. 

Note: Be a responsible tourist and do not leave anything behind in the valley. Do carry back all the packaging material/waste and wrappers along with you and dump it at Ghangharia.

History of Valley of Flowers National Park

In the year 1931, three young British Mountaineers Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth went astray from their path while descending from Mt. Kamet. The group accidentally reached a valley which was blanketed with alpine flowers and was left in the awe with its beauty, thus naming it as “The Valley of Flowers”. One of the climbers Frank S. Smythe later wrote a book called the ‘Valley of Flowers’.

Mythology about Valley of Flowers National Park

The locals always knew about the existence of the valley and believed that it was inhabited by fairies and Gods. It was also believed earlier that one go goes to the Valley, is captured by fairies and never returned back.

Valley of Flowers Trek Information

For a beautiful trekking experience, nothing can be a better choice to indulge in an unforgettable and electrifying trekking expedition in the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand. Valley of Flower trek in Himalaya is a beautiful and a must do trek by every trekker, who wants to trek in the Himalayas. The traditional trek itinerary is given below, however you you can be little more adventurous by checking out this Old Trek route to Valley from Hanumanchatti.

The trek towards the Valley begins at GovindGhat or Pulna Village, after crossing the Alaknanda river across a hanging bridge. The zig-zag mule track straightens through an ascending valley of terraced fields and vegetation. The trek becomes more exciting after Pulna Village - the Laxman Ganga becomes swifter, and between the green, rocky mountains, you can catch a glimpse of snow-clad peaks.

The 7 kms trail from Pulna to Bhyundar village is full of nature's scenic splendours including cascading waterfalls and cold water springs. Shrubs and wild roses grow abundantly and Rhododendrons colour the area with pink and dark red. Small wayside tea stalls run all across the route and young and enthusiastic tourist guides can be engaged at Bhyundar village. After resting awhile here, the trek on the right bank of the Laxman Ganga continues through the rich vegetation till a log bridge, supported on huge boulders, is reached. Crossing over to the left bank now, the trail becomes steeper and harder and 2 kms. from here, you will reach Ghangharia, the base camp for treks to Valley of Flowers and Hernkund Sahib.

Valley of Flowers Entry Fees

Indians : INR 150
INR 600

Trek Update: A swift trek route to the Valley of Flowers has been carved which will easily guide you towards the empyrean floral valley. To make your sojourn rewarding a new motorable bridge has been erected in Govindghat, connecting 4 km towards the Valley of Flowers till Pulna Village. So now the tourists have to trek only 10 km to reach Ghangaria (the base camp of Valley of Flower Trek).

Suggested Itinerary (most popular) for Valley of Flowers Trek

Planning to visit Valley of flowers but you are not sure about the itinerary so here we can help you. Check the detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek.

Day 01: Rishikesh- Joshimath - 255 Km | 9 Hrs

Road Distance : 255 Kms
Time Taken : 9 Hrs
Altitude Change : 372 meter at Rishikesh to 1875 meter at Joshimath 

Early morning leave for Joshimath from Rishikesh. It is located at a distance of 255 km away from Rishikesh and is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. You’ll reach Joshimath by evening, check-in at a hotel and have an overnight stay. You can get direct buses to Joshimath from Rishikesh bus station or if you are looking for a comfortable journey then you can book a taxi to Joshimath from Rishikesh. 

eUttaranchal tip 1: To save money use public tranpost to Joshimath. In case of no direct buses to Joshimath, break your journey to reach your destination or go for sharable jeeps like Tata sumo & max. 

Road route: Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Karnaprayag - Chamoli - Joshimath 

Day 02: Joshimath – Govindghat - Ghangaria

Road Distance : 20 Kms
Trekking distance : 10 Km
Time Taken : 1 Hr by road & 6 Hrs for trek
Trek level :  Moderate
Altitude Change : 1828 meter at Govindghat to 3049 meter at Ghangaria

Post breakfast, drive to Govindghat about 22 km away from Joshimath. Start trekking towards Ghangaria with packed lunch. Ghangaria also known as Govind Dham is the base camp for Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers trek. After completing 10 km trek, you will reach Ghangaria, where you will spend the night in.

A beautiful waterfall on the trek route of valley of flower. 

Note: Now the distance of 4 km from Govindghat to Pulna village is motorable. Earlier you had to walk 14kms to reach Valley of Flower National Park but after 2013 flood a new route has been constructed by govt. for travellers visiting to Hemkund and Valley of flowers. 

eUttaranchal tip 2 : If trekking on a steep is a tough task for you then there is a good news for you. At Govindghat there are plenty of ponies, you can book one pony for your journey to Ghangaria. However, to enjoy the views & trek route, try to trek by yourself, also you can book pony only for your goods only.

Birds Eye view of Ghangaria.

Day 03: Ghangaria- Valley of Flower- Ghangaria

Trekking distance : 7.5 Kms total for both side
Time Taken :  2 Hrs for one side
Trek level :  Easy
Altitude Change : 3049 meter at Ghangaria to 3658 meter at Valley of Flowers

Today all your hard work will finally pay off as you will hike to the Valley of Flowers National Park. The swift trail will walk past the thick vegetation consisting of the exotic Himalayan flowers and the wild flora, creating an alluring canvas.A trail in Valley of Flowers National Park.

You can see several bubbling streams casually meandering through the valley. This beauteous place is a hub of various birds, butterflies, and insects. After exploring the valley, return to Ghangaria and have an overnight stay.
Board by forest department at Valley of flowers saying that you can't compare this natural heritage with any human made park. Unesco declared it a world heritage site in the year of 2005

Day 04: Ghangaria – Govindghat –Joshimath

Post breakfast, start off by commencing the 10 km trek to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath via Badrinath. On reaching Joshimath, check in at a hotel and have an overnight stay. 

Day 05: Joshimath- Rishikesh

After having a nutritious breakfast, drive to Rishikesh and say goodbye to the hills. 

*Note: you can extend your stay in Ghangharia for one more day and visit Hemkunt Sahib as well, which 6 kms from Ghangharia. Check Valley of flowers trekking tours

Other Website on Valley of Flowers: Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers National Park Photo Gallery

Scenic beauty of  Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand.
A beautiful veiw of clouds over Valley of Flowers.
meadows of valley of flowers in Uttarakhand.
flowers during monsoon season in Valley of flowers.
clouds engulfing the trees at valley of flowers, uttarakhand.
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Valley of Flowers National Park Reviews

Been to several places in the Uttarakhand Himalayas but nothing can beat Valley of Flowers trek. When I visited in early August, the valley was at full bloom. Not sure, but I atleast saw over 100 varieties of wild flowers in the valley. the landscape of the valley is in itself a treat to the eyes! It had been over 3 years since I visited the place but the memories are still fresh. Would definitely visit again. eUttaranchal Team was prompt in answering all my queries that helped me plan the trek more confidently.
Amit Joshi
I had been dreaming about this valley since quite sometime and finally packed by bags in Aug last year. What a place! simply amazing. I wish I could camp inside the valley which is strictly not allowed. Enjoyed the trek.
Anjali Jawalkar
For an avid trekker like me, the valley of Flowers is definitely no less than a wonder on earth. One must visit this place once in the lifetime. The arrangements for the trek were really nice, skilled staff and informative guide.
Sujit Roy
Wonderful experience. Awesome place. I bet you wouldn't have seen this much of flowers in your lifetime! Just go for it. Monsoons in the best time to visit the valley.
Anurima Dutta

What is Valley of Flowers National Park famous for?

Valley of Flowers National Park is famous among tourist as Trekking, Flowers, Vegetation, Flora and Fauna, UNESCO Site.

Valley of Flowers National Park is recommended destination for Corporates, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Valley of Flowers National Park is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Bird Watching, Emerging Destinations, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, Trekking, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Wildlife Tourism.

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board eUttaranchal is accredited by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Govt. of Uttarakhand.
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