Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park
Valley of Flowers National Park is near to Badrinath in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state, India on the Western Himalayas.
Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park was declared as a national park in 1982. It is a UNESCO World heritage site (along with nearby Nanda Devi National Park), at 3250 to 6750 meters above sea level. The main valley is 8 kilometers by 2 kilometers in length and breadth. this national park has an area of 87.50 square kilometers
Flowers in valley of flowers National Park changes its colors at different times/days according to the colors of the flowers and is one of the most beautiful High Altitude Valleys of the World. Himalayan valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is rich in flora with different species of valley flowers.
Alpine flowers, a rare species, is found only in this Himalayan Valley National Park in the world. There are many other species of flora in this valley.
Valley of flowers India National Park is rich in fauna with many endangered species of animals like Snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep and brown bear.
Nada Devi National Park borders Valley of Flowers National Park.
Valley of flowers trekking is a major activity in the Valley of Flowers National Park.
How Do I Go to Valley of flowers Uttarakhand National Park?
Joshimath is the nearest town to the valley.
Govindghat, at around 22 kilometers from Joshimath on NH58, is the point where trekking to Himalayan valley flowers National Park starts. You need to trek around 13 kilometers from Govindghat to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.
You may travel by small vehicles for a distance of around 4 kilometers from Govindghat. In that case, you need to trek only 9 kilometers to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.
Last entry time at Ghangaria base camp is 3 pm. (Sometimes, this may get relaxed by an hour or two or little longer, if you are lucky and hold previous booking. Again, this relaxation is totally dependent on the officers on duty there.)
The paradise, i.e. the valley of flowers, is at around 3 – 4 kilometers from the base camp at Ghangaria.
The famous holy Sikh Shrine of Hemkund Sahib is also nearby to Govindghat .
Valley of Flowers National Park is around 600 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport to the flowers valley is at Dehradun, at 300 kilometers distance.
Rishikesh, at around 275 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway head.
Which is the Ideal Time to Visit the Valley of Flowers?
Valley of Flowers National Park is open only for 5 months, from June to October, as it is snow covered during other months. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and night camping inside the valley is not allowed.
Valley of Flowers National Park is only for the medically fit, as it requires a strenuous hike of the Himalayas.