About Valley of Flowers
Spread across an area of around 87.5 square miles, this unadulterated charming meadows is home to umpteen varieties of alpine flora, including flowering plants as well as medicinal herbs. The availability of medicinal plants in this valley gives the place its mythological significance, imbibing the belief in the heart of millions that the Hindu god Lord Hanuman had once collected the legendary Sanjeevani booti from here to help cure Lord Shri Ram’s brother, Lakshman.
With magnificent mountains serving as its backdrop and meandering streams flowing inside it, Valley of Flowers is also bestowed with bountiful wildlife species.
How to Reach Valley of Flowers
You can take a train, Volvo bus, or private taxi from Delhi and reach Haridwar. Next, you can take a local taxi from Haridwar and arrive at Govindghat within 10 to 12 hours. From Govindghat, you can take a local transport and reach Pulna Village, which is located just 4 kilometers away.
Once you arrive at Pulna, you can cover a moderate trekking trail of 10 kilometers to reach Ghangaria. You can also take a pony or helicopter to arrive at Ghangaria directly from Govindghat. Upon reaching Ghangaria village, you can cover a trekking trail of 10 to 20 kilometers to finally get to Valley of Flowers.
Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers
Since Valley of Flowers trek is a monsoon trek, the most ideal time for visiting the national park is during the rainy months of June to August.
You can find a plethora of beautiful flowers, such as Oxalis Corniculata, Reinwardtia Indica, Thymus Linearis, Viola Pilosa, Fragaria Nubicola, Gagea Lutea, Wild rose, Berberis Aristata, and Marsh Marigold in the valley at this time.
2. Valley of Flowers in July: At this time of the year, the valley gets shrouded by a colourful carpet of blooming flowers, including huge colonies of Epilobium.
3. Valley of Flowers in August: The valley blooms brilliantly with umpteen varieties of flowers till the end of August. You can witness breathtaking landscapes and many unique flowers.
Other Essential Information About Valley of Flowers
History: The Valley of Flowers was discovered accidentally by 3 British mountaineers in 1931 on their way back from Mt. Kamet.
Weather: Moderate to cool
Location: Chamoli Garhwal, near Nanda Devi National Park
Declaration of National Park: 1982
Entry fees: - INR150 for Indians and INR 650 for foreigners for a 3 days pass and INR 50 for Indians and INR 250 for foreigners for each extra day.
- Taking a helicopter from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria will cost you INR 3,500 per head.
Duration of the Trek/trip: 6 days
Maximum Altitude: 14,400 feet
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Day wise Itinerary for Valley of Flowers Trek
Day 2: Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria
From here, you will cover an easy to moderate trekking trail of 9 kilometers to arrive at Ghangaria within 5 to 6 hours. Once you reach Ghangaria village, located at an approximate altitude of around 7,200 feet above sea level, you can wind up for the day and rest in a hotel or camp under the night sky.
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back
After enjoying a day out at Valley of Flowers, you will cover a descending trail of 3 hours to reach Ghangaria for your overnight stay.
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back
Valley of Flowers National Park Flora and Fauna
The flowering plants that you can find here include Anemone, Orchid, Poppy, Primulas, Marigold, and Daisies. Sub-alpine forests of rhododendron and birch can also be found at various parts of the valley.
Valley of Flowers also has a magnificent fauna coverage, sheltering a plethora of endangered and rare wildlife species. Some of the commonly spotted animals here include musk deer, blue sheep, tahr, goral, bharal, and serow. Other important animals that can be found here include Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Pica, Red Fox, and Himalayan Brown Bear.
The valley also houses a good population of colourful birds including Himalayan Golden Eagle, Himalayan Snow Cock, red billed choughs, Griffon Vulture, the Sparrow Hawk, Himalayan Monal, and Snow Partridge. In addition, many species of reptiles and butterflies can also be found at the valley.
Where to Stay in Valley of Flowers
1. Himalayan Abode Home Stay: Lying on Badrinath highway, Himalyan Abode homestay is a luxury accommodation facility with well-furnished rooms that feature private bathrooms and wooden flooring. All the rooms offer excellent views of lush fields, high mountains, and the Alaknanda river.
3. Hotel Shiva Palace: Featuring cozy rooms spread across 3 floors and an elegant in-house restaurant, Hotel Shiva Palace is known for its modern conveniences and warm hospitality. Lying in the heart of Joshimath, this hotel also offers its guests superior facilities including cab on hire and kids’ activities.
Things to Carry while Visiting Valley of Flowers Trek
2. Clothing: Carry warm clothes, a pair of woollen socks, a pair of water-resistant trekking trousers, a pair of synthetic gloves, a woollen cap, and a raincoat.
3. Trekking equipment: Carry a trekking pole, durable sleeping bag, a tent, a sleeping mattress, a tent rain cover, and a pair of trekking shoes.
4. Toiletries: Remember to carry tissue papers, sunscreen, moisturizer, brush/paste, sanitizer, and bodywash.
5. Other Essentials: Consider carrying your water bottle, personal medication, dry foods, and camera.