Everyone in India is well aware of the allure of the valley of flowers, the vibrant national park located in the western Himalayas. Home to some rare and endangered animal species,you may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, red fox, musk deer, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. It graces the repose of Western Himalayas.High in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region, sprawls this enchanting valley, the park stretches over about 8 km long and 2 km wide. Fabels believe that it is from where Hanuman collected the Sanjeevanibuti to cure Lakshmana.
Do you know why it is called ‘The Valley of Flowers’ ?
The name of the valley comes from it’scharming meadows of alpine flowers. Discovered in 1931, now a World Heritage Site, it is known for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.
Where is the Valley of Flowers?
Valley of Flowers National Park is located in the state of Uttarakhand, near Badrinath, 300 Kms North of Rishikesh.
How does one reach the Valley of Flowers?
One needs to travel by road to Govindghat and from there trek to Valley of Flowers. There is a motor-able road to Govindghat, which is 20 Kms before Badrinath.
What is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers?
People generally like to travel to the place when it has the maximum number of flowers, which is in July and August.It also depends upon your preference of weather conditions and how rough and tough you are.
When is the Valley of Flowers open for trek?
Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June every year and closes on 4th October, but in some cases the dates might also change.
What are the timings for the Valley of Flowers?
The Valley opens at 7.00 am daily and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. The last you can be at the valley is 5 pm. The entry ticket collection starts at 6:45 in the morning and one can enter the valley at 7 am. You should start back by 1.30pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.
How many days does it take for the trek?
It takes around 4-5 days for the entire trek of the Valley of Flowers, with only one day to actually be spent at the valley of flowers!
How difficult is the Valley of Flowers trek?
In reality, it’s not as a difficult and serious trek as everyone thinks of it. The wide walking path and cemented surface ( sometimes filled with stones) allows for a comparatively easier trek than other more difficult treks in India. Only at some points during the entire course of journey to the valley of flowers, can you find sections that are steep or difficult to cross. As it is a long trek, the fitness level and stamina of the person shall be proper and the person shall not be facing with any serious ailments. Legs and calves must be in proper shape too. One must develop work out routines to get in line with the requirements of health on the trek.
Important considerations before you plan for the trek
- You must be aware of the weather conditions before the time you plan for the trek. As you already know, it is restricted to only some months. Sometimes you also need to take care of raining conditions.Being a monsoon trek, it is sure to add adventure to your trip!
- Shoes play an important role in any trek, you must see if the shoes that you’ve chosen are durable and long lasting. It is an easy trip and you can use any type of sturdy, durable, water resistant and well cushioned shoes. Make sure you wear your shoes for a good period of time to get your feet used to it. Prefer not to trek on shoes that are too old and demented.
- Carry as less as you can to reduce the burden on your back. Also, carry your clothes and your essentials in a water resistant bag. Otherwise, you can also use a waterproof ‘Poncho’ to protect your upper body and bag from the rain. Rain coats are also a must for the trip.
The trek is sure to give you a journey of a lifetime, you’ll cherish how you spent a period of almost a week to get wrapped into the beauty of flowers and the allure of nature. It is sure to leave imprints in your heart that will last forever!