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Valley of Flowers Of Uttarakhand: An Indian national park

Valley of Flowers  Of Uttarakhand:  An Indian national park

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox[1] and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds.

The valley is believed to have been discovered in 1931, when three British mountaineers – led by Frank S Smythe – lost their way and chanced upon this spectacular valley. Attracted by the beauty of this place they named it the “Valley of Flowers”.

At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km2 and it is about 8 km long and 2 km wide. The park lies completely in the temperate alpine zone. Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km2). Nanda Devi National Park Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

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Destinations: Dehradun, Govindghat, Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers
Duration: 6 nights, 7 days
Distance /Altitude: Approx 20 km trek/ 4,389 m

For family and groups
Experiences: Trekking-Moderate to challenging
Budget: INR 12,000 per person (excluding airfares)


Flowers in their array symbolize different things and emotions. Valley of Flowers invites tourists to experience the varied mountain flora and to get familiar with the language of flowers.

Here are the top 5 reasons to visit the Valley of Flowers national park:

  • Spiritual and Natural Beauty:

Valley of flowers is known for its impeccable beauty within and is also known for the beautiful region it is enveloped in. Hosting a hugely bio-diverse environment, people can enjoy nature at its best, which compels them to stop and admire.

  • The Trek Journey

A zig-zag trail of 12 kilometres, Valley of Flowers offers a trek journey which generally is not considered very arduous and thus, is a great beginner trek for tourists. The majestic Himalayas, which form an incredible backdrop, make the trek all the more scenic and romantic.

  • Photography:
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A tourist’s vacation or an adventure enthusiast’s journey is incomplete without various memories captured through photographs. The Valley of Flowers is indeed a photographer’s paradise. With breath taking landscapes and the oblivious horizon, this valley offers views a photographer can’t refuse to click.

  • Solo Travel – Budget Travelling:

Despite being located in a comparatively remote area in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is one of the most accessible destinations for travellers. The route has a host to many reasonably priced hotels and other accommodations to stop over. Here, nature demands no charge to enjoy its beauty. Lose yourself in this destination without making a dent in your wallet.

  • Pollution and Weather:

This site has no road connectivity. This means that there is no vehicular pollution in this part of the mountains. You breathe in clean air and feel rejuvenated. This is also why the trek doesn’t tire you. The splendid weather, which offers a blissful escape from the hot weather in summers, is very alluring and we guarantee you will definitely contemplate, atleast once, on extending your stay here!

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By Flight

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Valley of Flowers but the roads are only connected up to Govind Ghat from where you have to  trek for 16 km  to reach Valley of Flowers.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Valley of flowers is Rishikesh. Take a bus or taxi to reach Govind Ghat. Rishikesh railway station is situated 273 km before Govindghat on NH58.

By Road

Valley of Flowers is connected up to Govind Ghat with motor-able roads.

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