Valley of Flowers : Uttarakhand : India

Bestowed with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. 

This glaring piece of nature is an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site exhibiting plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and diverse fauna in this valley.

Valley of Flowers is a vibrant and splendid national park reposing in West Himalayas. Nestled in Uttarakhand, this alluring place is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. High in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region sprawls this enchanting valley. Legends believe it to be the place from where Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani buti for curing Lakshmana. This place has floral pastures, running streams and beautiful backdrop of the mountains.

Important facts about Valley of flowers

  1. Location : Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand.
  2. National Park : It was declared as National park in 1982.
  3. World Heritage Site : Declared as World Heritage Site on July 14, 2005 by UNESCO.
  4. Best time to visit : July and August
  5. Hotels : Blue Poppy Swiss Cottage camps and Blue Poppy Resorts in Auli.
  6. Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 650 For non-Indians
  7. Entry Timings : 7 am to 5 pm
  8. Opening Date : 1st June
  9. Closing Date : 4th October
  10. Time needed for Valley of flowers trek : 7 days Ex Haridwar.

Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

Location: Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand.

It’s a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. A colossal expanse of 87.5 sq kms and myriad alpine flowers makes this place a colorful paradise. Perched at an altitude of 3658 m above sea level, Bhyundar Valley is the home to this surreal place. Historically, the beauty of the place was unknown to world until in 1931, three British mountaineers came here. They lost their way and happened to discover this alluring valley and named it Valley of Flowers. Later in the year 1939, Joan Margaret Legge, a botanist arrived here to study flowers. She was deputed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Krew but she lost her life by slipping from the rocky terrain. Her sister later came here and erected a memorial near the spot.

Location of Valley of Flowers

Valley of flowers is located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand India. This is remotely located and it takes minimum 3 days to reach Valley of flowers from Haridwar. The last motor-able point is Govindghat. Check our trek itinerary page for more day wise information. It is around 500 km from New Delhi and 300 km from Haridwar. Our page on how to reach valley of flowers, we have given distances between important points and time required between them, different modes of transportation available to reach Valley of Flowers.

It is located 300 Kms North of Rishikesh, near Badrinath. You need to Travel by Road till Govindghat and from there the trek to Valley of Flowers starts. Govindghat is 20 Kms before Badrinath. Till Govidghat there is a motor-able Road. Rishiksh is 6 Hours Drive from New Delhi, India.

Declaration of National Park

Emerald mountain ranges, green meadows and white clouds fuse to create a dreamlike locale called Valley of Flowers. Cascading waterfalls are abundant while you’re traversing towards the valley. Declared as the National Park in 1982, the vibrant valley is a world heritage site as well. The pristine beauty, mystical surroundings lures nature lovers, photographers and botanists.

Valley of flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season. It is in full bloom during July, August and September. This is the best time to explore the splendor of this magnificent place. The aqua waters of Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts. Dew drops of flowers, the rhythmic sound of flowing water and the romantic breeze can be enjoyed by the visitors during the period of July to September. As per the local beliefs, this valley was inhabited by fairies. No wonder, it’s a fairy land.

Base camp Ghangaria

Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek to the valley. It has private lodges and hotels for accommodation. One cannot stay at Valley of flowers, therefore Ghangaria remains an ideal place to relax and sleep. It is managed and administered by the Uttarakhand State Forestry Department and Ministry of Environment and Forests. Settlement in this park is not allowed and grazing is also banned since 1983.

A beautiful world awaits here at the endearing spot. We offer attractive trekking packages and arrangements for all budgets. You could book online and avail great prices. It’s a wonderland of natural beauty that shouldn’t be missed.

Valley of flowers timings (Opening and closing timings of the valley)

Valley of flowers opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. You need to get out of the valley by 5 pm and be at the entry gate at 6.45 so as to take your entry ticket sooner and enter by 7.00 am. Your return trek should start by 1.30pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit depends upon what you like to see and how rough and tough you are. You will find maximum number of flowers in July and August.

Valley of Flowers in June

Huge Glaciers are found in June. At this time snow starts melting and the seeds of the last year’s plants starts germinating and by July all the flowers will be at full bloom.

Please see the following link for gallery of flowers found in June.

Valley of Flowers in July

At this time the Valley is lush green and all the flowers are in full bloom and as you can the pink shade in this picture is a huge colony of Epilobium.

Valley of flowers in August

The valley is in full bloom till August end. You will see lot of flowers and beautiful landscapes.

Valley of Flowers in September

This is the last phase when Valley of Flowers is accessible to general public. After this snowfall will start in the month of the October, and it will be snow capped again and all the plants will shed seeds and seeds will be preserved under snow to germinate again in next season when snow starts melting in May.

Valley of flowers in October.

Snowfall starts in the month of October and the Valley is closed for general public. Valley of flowers closes on 4th October

Valley of flowers entry fee.

Like entry fee for most of other tourist places in India the entry fee is separate for Indian nationals and foreigners. Entry fee for Valley of Flowers is Rs. 150 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 600 (US$ 10 Approx) for foreigners. This entry ticket is valid for 3 days for any extra day Indians need to pay Rs. 50 whereas foreigners need to pay Rs. 250. To take a professional video camera inside the valley Indians need to pay Rs. 500 and for foreigners it is Rs. 1500 for a day.

Entry fee chart

Entrance Fee (in Rs.)
Per Head for first Three Days: Rs. 150 for Indian nationals and Rs. 600 for foreigners 

Extra day: Rs. 50 for Indian nationals and Rs. 250 for foreigners

Camera Fee
 Still Camera (Non-Professional): Free Still Camera (Professional): Free Movie-Video (Non-Professional)Free Movie-Video (Professional) Rs. 500 for Indian nationals and Rs. 1500 for foreigners

Filming Charges : Feature Film Per Day : Rs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners Documentary Film Per Day Rs. 10000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 30000 for foreigners

Security for above  Feature Film Per DayRs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners Documentary Film Per DayRs. 50000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 100000 for foreigners

What’s the Valley of Flowers trek difficulty Level?

Most trekkers wonder about the Valley of Flowers trek difficulty level. The main reason being that this trek is often planned during the rainy season, which may lead to tough road conditions. A not-so-difficult trek, it starts from Govindghat, which is 5,500 feet above sea level. From Govindghat, you embark on a journey of 14 km to Ghangaria (the basecamp), which is 10,200 feet above sea level.

The Valley of Flowers trek is pretty steep in the first and last 3 km between Govindghat and Ghangaria. These days, senior citizen and kids can even take ponies or helicopter rides up to Ghangaria. However, from the basecamp, there’s no choice but to trek. Moreover, during the peak season, which is the monsoon season, helicopter service is often interrupted.

Valley of Flowers trek difficulty Level

We considered it as an easy trek even though trekkers find it lengthy and tough trek. It’s an easy trek because of the facilities available during the valley of flowers trek. It is considered as one of the safest treks in India.

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers

The journey from Ghangaria to the valley isn’t too steep. The 4 km trek is almost at the same level. Since the Valley of Flowers is a biological reserve, ponies aren’t allowed to enter the valley. The only way to reach the valley from Ghangaria is to trek. However, these days, doli’s and palanquins are available to take elderlies and kids from Ghangaria to the valley. You’ll also have to purchase tickets for the porters.

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib

The Valley of Flowers trek difficulty with respect to Hemkund Sahib is more challenging. The trek to Hemkund Sahib is steep, and it’s recommended to take a pony on your uphill journey. This region has some of the rarest flowers blooming during the monsoon season.

For a better idea about the geography in Valley of Flowers, you should read some important information in one of our posts.

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