On the upper expansions of Bhyundar
Ganga in the state of Uttranchal in the northern part of India.
Time to Visit :
From mid July to mid of August. The valley can be
visited only during the day and overnight stay is prohibited.
Salubrious and Pleasant.
Known For :
The Rich Biological Resource.
The Valley Of Flowers
Discovered by Frank S. Smith, an English mountaineer explorer and Botanist,
while on an expedition to Mt. Kamet, the Valley of Flowers is a Nature's
Gift to Man. The Valley of Flowers in the north Indian state of Uttranchal
is a booming bouquet of beautiful, lively and multihued flowers. The Valley
of Flowers National Park, spanning over an area of 87.5 sq km has the
largest potpourri of wild flower species. Known to the inhabitants as the
Bhyundar valley, the Valley of Flowers is hidden from the scrutinizing eyes
of the civilization. The valley was declared a National Park in year 1982.
The Valley of Flowers is also associate with the legendary story, which
says that this the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected
'Sanjeevani' herb to revive Lakshman. The Valley of Flowers National Park
starts from Ghangharia but the main valley starts after crossing the gorge
and the stream originating from Nar Parvat, 3 km from Ghangharia. In front
of the Valley stands the snow capped peak of Ratban Parvat and at the
background is the Kunt Khal. Towards the left is Nar Parvat, which bisects
the Badrinath valley from this valley, and to the right is thick Birch
forest on the hill sides. Below the forest is the meadow. River Pushpavati
flows through the valley and there are many waterfalls enhancing the beauty
of the valley. The splendour and the dazzling beauty of the valley beckons
tourists from all the corners of the world.
Eco-Tourism in Valley of Flowers -
Valley of Flowers' Wildlife Resource
Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here in natural way. The bloom
starts immediately after the melting of snow but the peak blooming period is
from mid July to mid of August. The abundant natural resource of the valley
captivates a large number of nature lovers, environmentalists and tourists
The wild flowers like the Himalayan blue poppy, daisy, dianthus, calendula,
white and yellow anemones bloom & swing with life during the monsoons.
Some other species are Anemone, Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula,
Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham
kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta,
Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermopsis, Trollius,
Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons
and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The
abundance of Asmanda fern in this valley is a rare sight than in other
Himalayan valleys. The valley remains in bloom for three months while the
floral arrangement keeps on changing every few days. By September the hue of
the Valley starts changing and autumn bids farewell to flowers and the
entire vegetation remains resting continuously for next five months when the
valley is snow wrapped.
Apart from the flowers some species of Butterfly, Musk deer, Blue sheep
(Bharal), Himalayan bear, Himalayan mouse hare and some Himalayan birds &
Snow leopard are also found in this area. To conserve the nature's
beneficient gift and to maintain the natural balance of the valley.
Reaching the Valley of Flowers
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 319 km.
The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 302 km.
Off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, 17 km from Govindghat. (25
km from Badrinath). From Govindghat the distance has to be trekked. Bus
services are available to Govindghat. Porters are available at Govindghat