Trip to Valley of Flowers
Location: Uttarakhand State
Best time to visit: June to September
Entry time: 7.00 AM to 2.00 PM
Exit time: 5.00 PM
Fees: Rs 150 for Indian citizen
Rs 650 for foreign citizen (for 3 days pass)
Then charges become Rs 250 for foreigners and RS 50 for Indians on each additional day.
Maximum altitude: 14,100 Ft.
Approx. trekking distance: 37 Kms.
Well, as the name explained, Valley of flowers is a valley filled with floral beauty. Valley of flowers is situated in the district of Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand. There are more than 600 species of flowers present in the valley. It is the dream destination for nature lovers who love to stay connected with nature and those who love to capture natural beauty. Not only flowers but also some endangered animals can be seen here. The valley is part of Nanda Devi and the valley of flowers National Park. The valley of flowers trek goes through dense forests, along with the Pushpawati River. During the trek, you can see many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO world heritage site. The valley is in the middle of Bhyundar Valley, up in the Himalayas at an elevation of 3,658 mts above sea level.
Why Should You Visit the Valley of Flowers?
- Best for the solo traveler: The trek is best for solo travelers just because of budget-friendly hotels, and also the premium camp or properties ghangaria and the trail made it easy to plan a trip.
- Trek in wishlist: mostly trekkers, want to trek the valley just because of its amazing environment and nature connectivity. Not only trekkers but the valley attracts nature lovers, photographers, scientists and documentary filmmakers too.
- Amazing Experience of being with nature and breathing fresh air: trek to valley of flowers helps you get away from the busy life and spend quality time with nature and nature species. If you want to stay in a peaceful and pollution-free life for some days, you should visit this place.
- Amazing place for photography lovers: The whole area of the valley of flowers is so amazing and captivating. A person who loves to click his/her picture in different environments should visit this place.
- Perfect honeymoon place: The valley is budget-friendly and the most romantic place for newlyweds who want to make their honeymoon trip memorable.
- Perfect trek journey: This is the zig-zag trail of 12 kilometers. Valley of Flowers offers a trekking journey, generally is not considered very arduous and thus, is a great beginner trek for tourists.
Interesting Facts of the Valley of Flowers
- Nanda Devi (7,824m), the second-highest mountain peak in India, can be easily spotted.
- BrahmaKamal is one of the rare and mythological Himalayan flowers found from the 3500mt to 4500mt altitude found in the valley of flowers.
- Surrounded by the most amazing view of the Himalayas.
- During the trip to the valley of flowers from Ghangaria, the trek towards the valley of flowers splits into two routes one goes through Hemkund sahib Gurudwara and the other towards the valley of flowers.
- Seven snow-covered peaks surround this place.
- The mythological story behind the valley-The episodes of the Ramayana is when Hanuman brought a magical herb to save the life of Ram’s Brother Laxman. It is believed that God plucked the rare magical herb from The Valley of Flowers.
Fog is most common, particularly in the lower portion of the valley. Also, radiation fog occurs in the early morning and also overnight.
July is the peak of humidity with the highest relative humidity and the highest number of precipitation days.
Throughout the whole year, the wind speed is 5.11 miles per hour. From January through March, winds breeze from the east. And the rest of the year continues with winds blowing from the southeast.
The average estimated rainfall in this area is almost 1800 mm.
The temperature-Maximum temperature in this area goes up to 17°C and if we talk about the minimum it goes down to 7°C, and according to many travel experts, it is an excellent temperature for trekking.
The climate of valley:
The climate for Valley of the Flowers can also be classified as a Highland climate. Highland climates can be found in high mountain areas.
Varieties of Flora and Fauna found in the Valley
Flora: Orchids, Poppies, Primulas, Calendulas, Daisies and Anemones.
Fauna: Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Tahr, Bharal, Serow, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear.
Places to stay near Valley of Flowers
Government-run GMVN guest houses are a budget-friendly option to stay. Also, if you’re worried about one night being the safest option, you can spend the night at Joshimath or Govind Ghat. Also, Sikh gurdwaras at Govind Ghat and Ghangaria provide safe and clean places and free food. It was closed due to COVID-19, but don’t be sad because the good news is that the valley is again open for travel lovers. So don’t waste your time; pack your bags and head off right now for a memorable trip.