Whether it\'s the literature by the mountaineers and botanists or the Hindu mythology, the Valley of Flowers has its own unique place. It is a strikingly expressive high altitude Himalayan valley. As a popular national park in India, it is known for its variety of flora and fauna and is internationally recognized for the diverse alpine flora. The Valley of Flowers wonderfully represents the West Himalayan bio-geographic zone. Since it was declared a national park in 1982, the Indian government has been taking vatious measures to preserve the pristine beauty of the valley. Gauri Parbat, at 6,719 m above sea level, has the eminence of being the highest point in the national park.
To reach the Valley of Flowers, visitors first need to get to Joshimath, the closest major town from the valley. You can easily reach Joshimath either from Haridwar or Dehradun. Hire a vehicle from Joshimath to get to Govindghat. From here, the Valley of Flowers is a 17 km trek. Get your lodging arrangements done at Ghangaria itself. Apart from being home to a diverse flora, the national park is also home to animal species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear, blue sheep etc
The Valley of Flowers Location: The Valley of Flowers National Park is located in Chamoli Garhwal, close to Nanda Devi National Park. It’s about 595 kilometers (370 miles) from Delhi, and has an altitude that varies from 10,500 feet to 21,900 feet above sea level. When to Visit The Valley of Flowers: The Valley of Flowers is only open from the beginning of June until the end of September as it\'s covered in snow the rest of the year. The best time to visit is from mid July to mid August, when the flowers are in full bloom after the first monsoon rain. If you go before July, you’ll find hardly any flowers at all. However, you will be able to see melting glaciers. After mid August, the color of the Valley changes quite dramatically from greenish to yellowish, and the flowers slowly die.
In regards to the weather, temperatures get quite cold at night and in the early morning. Valley of Flowers Opening Hours: To prevent trekkers and livestock from taking too much of a toll on the park, access to The Valley of Flowers is restricted to daylight hours (from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and camping is prohibited. The last entry to the park is at 3 p.m. You’ll need to go from, and return to, Ghangaria on the same day. Valley of Flowers Travel Tips: The Valley of Flowers requires a strenuous hike but you\'ll feel on top of the world in this magical and enchanting place. Exotic flowers and foliage can be found all along the route from Ghangria to the main valley. Make sure you pack plenty of clothes in case you get rained on (which is likely), and carry some food with you for the hike. Govind Ghat and Ghangaria get quite crowded from July to September with Sikh pilgrims on their way to Hem Kund, so it’s a good idea to book accommodations in advance. Hiring a porter at Govind Ghat to carry you luggage to Ghangaria is also recommended to make the trek easier.
Altitude: 3,235 mts. Climate: Summer: Cool during the day and cold at night. Winter: Snow-bound touching sub-zero. Clothing: Summer-Light woollens, Winter- Heavy woollens. Languages: Hindi, Garhwali, English.