Where is Valley of Flowers National Park?
The Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli Garhwal in the state of Uttaranchal, India. It is situated at the transition point of Zanskar and Himalayan ranges.
About the Valley of Flowers
For a long period of time, barring the localites, the valley remained largely concealed from the curious eyes of tourists. It was only in 1931 that a botanist by the name of Frank Smith chanced upon this hidden treasure of Uttaranchal. The spectacular beauty of this park stunned him so much that he not only revealed it to the world but also went ahead and dedicated a book to this valley – ‘Valley of Flowers’. No wonder then, that the valley soon became a rage with tourists. In September 1982, it was granted the status of a National Park and in July 2005, it further cemented its position as a tourist destination by securing a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Attractions of Valley of Flowers
Flowers, flowers and flowers – that’s the prime highlight of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. Once, the season arrives, the valley teems with around 300 species of flowers including Saxifrags, Sediams, Lilies, Poppy, Calendular, Daisies, Denthus, Turmopsis, Primula, Dadiculatar, Pontitala, Geranium, Cipro Nepolysis, Holly, Pansy, Zinnia, Petunia, Fox, Caropsis Dynthus and many more.
The valley also boasts of having medicinal plants Anemone, Geranium, Marsh, Marigold, Primula, Potentilla, etc,. Though not much, but the animals of the valley also deserve a mention here. Most spotted here are the Himalayan Musk deer and Yellow Throated Marten.
Best Time to Visit the Valley of Flowers Uttaranchal
Since the valley is known for its wide variety of flowers, it is best to visit the valley when the flowers are in full bloom. And this period is generally between July and August when the snow of the Himalayan region gives way to a more pleasant weather.
The Valley of Flowers Trek
Trek to the Valley of flowers begins from Govindghat. A 14 km trek from here will take you to Ghangria which will also be your base camp. The trek route till Ghangria is a bit difficult, but at the same time, this is exactly where the fun lies. Once you are here, you can camp and take up a trek of 3 km to reach the Valley of Flowers.
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