Valley Of Flowers - The 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. 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.

Tucked at 3,658 metres in Bhyundar Valley, the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli district sprawls over a vast expanse of 87.50 square km, 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.

Valley of Flowers Important Opening and Closing Dates 2017

Opening Date of Valley of Flowers: 1 June 2017
Closing Date of Valley of Flowers: 21 Oct 2017

Entry Fees of Valley of Flowers

Indians : INR 150
Foreigner 
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).

About Valley of Flowers

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.

Ghangaria is the last human habitation centre on the way to Valley of Flowers. It is a scenic hamlet, situated 13 kms from Govindghat at a height of 3046mts above the sea level. Valley of Flowers lies in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state offering diversified beauty of nature. The region remains completely covered with thick blankets of snow during winters and with blooming flowers from June to October. The Valley of Flowers is the home of over 500 species of wild flowers of unique design and colours.

Staying in Valley of Flowers

Tourists are not allowed to stay overnight in the Valley 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.

History of Valley of Flowers

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 of Valley of Flowers

The locals always knew about the existence of the valley and believed that it was inhabited by fairies and Gods.

Valley of Flowers Trekking

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 adventrous 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 Ghanghria, the base camp for treks to Valley of Flowers and Hernkund Sahib.

Suggested Itinerary (most used) for Valley of Flowers

Day 01: Rishikesh- Joshimath
Early morning leave for Joshimath from Rishikesh. It is located at a distance of 254 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.

Day 02: Joshimath – Govindghat - 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.

Day 03: Ghangaria- Valley of Flower- Ghangaria
Today all your hard work will finally pay off as you will hike to the Valley of Flowers. The swift trail will walk past the thick vegetation consisting of the exotic Himalayan flowers and the wild flora, creating an alluring canvas. 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. 

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.

Other Website on Valley of Flowers: Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand :: 

Start early from Ghangharia to have more time at hand when you are in the valley. 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.

What is Valley of Flowers famous for?

Valley of Flowers is famous among tourist as Trekking, Flowers and Vegetation.

Valley of Flowers is recommended destination for Corporates, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Valley of Flowers is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Emerging Destinations, Trekking, Wildlife Tourism.

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