Detailed Guide

All you need to know for a perfect trip to the Valley of Flowers

Whether you are an avid trekker, a nature lover, or a casual traveller, this enchanting valley promises an unforgettable experience. Plan your visit during the blooming season to witness the valley in all its glory and create memories that will last a lifetime.

In all my mountain wanderings I had not seen a more beautiful flower than this primula. Lower, where we camped near a moraine, were androsaces, saxifrages, sedums, yellow and red potentillas, geums, geraniums, asters, gentians, to mention but a few plants, and it was impossible to rake a step without crushing a flower. - Frank S. Smythe

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Valley Of Flowers - Overview

Nestled among the towering peaks of the Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers National Park captivates with its stunning beauty and vibrant blooms. Spread over 87 square kilometers in Chamoli district, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.

In 1931, three British mountaineers, led by Frank S Smythe, lost their way and stumbled upon this hidden paradise. Captivated, they named it the "Valley of Flowers."

True to its name, the valley bursts with over 600 species of exotic flowers—orchids, poppies, primulas, marigolds, daisies, and anemones. Sub-alpine forests of birch and rhododendron add to its charm. The trek through the valley reveals cascading waterfalls and wild streams, all set at an altitude of around 3,600 meters. Here, amidst the vibrant blooms, rare wildlife like the gray langur, flying squirrel, Himalayan weasel, black bear, red fox, lime butterfly, snow leopard, and Himalayan monal roam freely.

It's a place where nature's beauty overwhelms, offering an unforgettable experience that lingers long after you leave.

Valley Of Flowers - Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is from July to September.

July: As the snow melts, the valley awakens with a lush green backdrop and the first blooms. The weather is pleasant, and the crowds are thin. Early July is perfect for witnessing the transition from snow to a vibrant floral landscape.

August: Peak blooming season. The valley is a stunning carpet of flowers, with warm days and occasional rain showers. This is the ideal time for photographers, with flowers like Brahma kamal, blue poppy, and cobra lily in full bloom, drawing botanists and nature enthusiasts alike.

September: The bloom starts to fade, but the valley retains its charm with late-blooming flowers and a lush green setting. Cooler weather and fewer crowds make it ideal for a peaceful trek. Clear skies and crisp air provide breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks.

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Valley Of Flowers - How to Reach

Step 1 - Reach Govindghat

By air: The nearest airport to Valley of Flowers National Park is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, approximately 292 kms away. The drive from Dehradun to Govindghat takes around 8-10 hours, offering scenic views of the Himalayas along the way.

By train: The closest railway station is Rishikesh, situated about 273 kms from Govindghat. From Rishikesh, It is around 8-9 hours drive to Govindghat.

By road: Regular buses and taxis are available from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, and other nearby towns. The route offers breathtaking views of the Alaknanda River and lush green valleys, making the long drive a pleasant experience.

Step 2 - Reach Ghangria

From Govindghat, take early morning Helicopter shuttle or trek 13 kms to reach Ghangria.

Step 3 - Reach Valley of Flowers

Trek to and explore Valley of Flowers from Ghangria (5-8 kms)

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