Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India

Brief Introduction of the Valley of Flowers in India


Valley of Flowers National Park is Situated near Badrinath, in the state of Uttrakhand in India. It is at a height of 11000 feet to 14000 feet above sea level in western Himalayas. It is famous for its meadows of alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty.

Valley of Flowers in July

Pushpawati river bed 6 kilometers inside Valley of Flowers. Kindly observe the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is of a colony of a beautiful flower called Epilobium Latifolium or River Beauty.

The park stretches over an area of 87.50 km².

The Valley of Flowers, one of the most beautiful high-altitude valleys in Himalayas. Thousands of Nature Lovers, Mountaineers and Nature Photographers visit the Valley in a short span of four months every year.

You can find hundreds of different species of flowers in the valley including Brahamkamal, Potentillas, Blue Poppy (Queen of Himalyan Flowers) and many more.

Discovery of Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers was Discovered by Frank S. Smythe in the year 1931. When he along with other mountaineers were coming down climbing Kamet. Kamet is 25,500 feet high mountain in Uttrakhand, India. They were passing by Bhyuandar Pass and it was very cold that day. They lost the way and fortunately they went to Valley of Flowers. They saw different variety of flowers like Saxifrages, Androsaces, Asters , Sedums, Geraniums, Potentillas, Geums, Gentians and many more.

They camped there for two days and later it was called as the “VALLEY OF FLOWERS”.

Later Frank S. Smythe also wrote a book called “THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS“. You can buy the book at village Ghangaria on your trip to VALLEY OF FLOWERS.

Location of Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers national park is located near Badrinath in Chamoli district, Garhwal region of Uttrakhand state in India. It is about 300 Kilometers from Haridwar and 500 kilometers from New Delhi. We have made a dedicated page on How to reach Valley of Flowers. This page explains in detail the distances, mode of transportation and other guidelines along with lots of photographs.

Opening and Closing dates of Valley of Flowers.

The park officially opens every 1st June and closes on 4th October. Actually, valley and its surrounding area are snow clad for most of the year and it become accessible only by June and since snow fall starts by last week of September or first week of October the valley is closed during that time.

Opening and closing times of Valley of Flowers.

In the morning one can enter at 7.00 a.m. and the last entry is allowed by 2.00 p.m. You should come back by 5.00 p.m. We advise you to start your trek backward by 2.00 p.m. if you entered at 7.00 a.m.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

You can visit on our page on Best time to visit Valley of Flowers for detailed information.

Valley of Flowers in May

Valley of Flowers in June

Valley of Flowers is Snow Clad. This is the time when snow in the Valley starts melting and the seeds of the last years’ plants starts germinating and by the month of July the Valley of Flowers will be in full bloom.

Valley of Flowers in July

Valley of Flowers in July

This is the time when you can see the lush green color of Valley of Flowers, flowers are in full bloom the pink shade in the picture is hude colony of Epilobium

Valley of Flowers in August

Valley of Flowers in August

As time passes, plants get matured and lessor number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning yellowish green/peach in color.

Valley of Flowers in September

Valley of Flowers in September.

This is the last phase of valley when it is accessible to general public. Soon snowfall will start in the month of the October, and it will be snow clad again and all the seeds put down by plants will be preserved under snow to germinate again in next season when snow starts melting in May.

Valley of Flowers entry fee

Entry fee for Valley of Flowers

Entry Fee for Valley of Flowers

Indian need to pay Rs. 150 and foreigners Rs. 600 (approx. $12) for a three day pass to the valley. Charges for an additional day are Rs. 50 for Indian and Rs. 250 (approx. $5) for a foreigners. Carrying a still camera is free irrespective of its quality as professional or non-professional.Taking a non-professional video camera is also free. However Indians need to pay Rs. 500 and Foreigners Rs. 1500 for taking in a professional video camera. Also there are charges for making a feature film or documentary film; Indians need to pay Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 10,000 per day and foreigners Rs. 200,000 and Rs. 30,000 per day respectively. You may check this out in the picture.

We organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers. to visit Valley of Flowers kindly fill in your contact details on “contact us” form. we will contact you soon

Valley of Flowers(Part-II)

Valley of Flowers is one of the magical wonderlands on earth. It is situated in western Himalayas at a height of 10500 to 12000 feet, in the state of Uttrakhand, India. Discovered by Frank S. Smyth the Valley of Flowers is snow covered for much of the year and hence remains inaccessible. It is accessible for about four months in a year. (From June to September).

Valley of Flowers(Part-III)

Valley of Flowers is snow covered for much of the year and becomes accessible in the month of June and remains accessible till October first week. In the month of June when snow melts the seeds put down last year by the plants starts germinating. Earlier plant include Primula, Blue Corydalis and Iris.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

Detailed analysis of what is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers with picutes and videos of the valley in different seasons. Valley of Flowers is accessible only for four months in a year and changes its colors, weather and the flowers very rapidly in these four months so it is very important to know what is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers.

Photo Gallery

Photo gallery of valley categorized according to flowers with their colors (Detailed properties, flowering season and where you will find these flowers in the valley has also been given), landscape gallery, gallery of earlier groups taken by us to the valley. These group galleries are also important to decide about the best time to visit as you can see the landscapes in the background in different dates. A must visit page to see the real beauty of the valley.

how to reach Valley of Flowers

This page explains you how to reach Valley of Flowers from New Delhi. What are the different ways of transport available on the way, what are the different ways available to skip trekking. On which day the ponies and porters available and when the helicopter will be available between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

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Detailed list of things to carry on your trek to Valley of Flowers, if you miss even one important thing on your trip you life may become hell. You are going on a trekking trip and in a very remote area so a must read for every one willing to go to the Valley of Flowers.

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Detailed day wise itinerary for the trek to Valley of Flowers. The distance to be covered, altitude gains and mode of transportation to be used has been given in this page. This itinerary has been designed using our years of experience. You may also follow the same.

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This is a Travelogue written our client Dr. Tapan Charkrobarty who was 63 years of age when he went with us to the valley in August 2012. A live unedited version of his experience with us. He is an Emeritus Scientist with CSIR-NEERI at Nagpur. You will like to read his experience.

Hotel booking for Valley of Flowers

You can book a hotel in Ghangaria from us for your trip to Valley of Flowers. Prices of the hotel rooms are available here. Pictures of the hotel have also been given. You may find this page helpful if you are not taking a package and going of your own.

blog

Here is the blog of the author of this website. You can browse through is posts written on various dates. These posts have helpful content for planning your trip to the Valley of Flowers.

Frequently ask questions

There are many questions asked by visitors on our site, some of the common and important are answered here. There are some important questions which are important but you may not even think of them are also given here. For eg can you bring your kids to the valley ? Read through this page to know the answers of all of them.

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Valley of Flowers is our passion and we started this site as a hobby and we have started organizing tours to the valley 5 years back. The author of this website Mr Devkant Sangwan accompanies you to the valley personally so that you do not miss out anything. Read our upcoming tours to the valley and if interested to join us please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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There are many senior citizens willing to come to the valley, whether they can come and what are the precautions they should take before coming here? What are the various options available to avoid trekking and where these options are available? If someone is a senior citizen in your group please read this page before planning to come to the valley.

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Appropriate type of shoes are very important for your trip to the valley. Detailed explanation of the appropriate type of shoes for the trip is given here with pictures of terrain. The season in which you are going to the valley is also an important factor to decide the right type of shoes.

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There are many couples who want to come to the valley but their child is too young. This page explains the minimum age to visit the valley. Should you bring your kids to this trip? What are the precautions to be taken on this trip if you bring your kids?

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Most of the tour operators and individual going to the valley have only one day for the valley in their itinerary. Is one day sufficient to see the valley entirely or you need more days? We take you to the valley for two days. Check out the reasons why you need two days for the valley with pictures of what people do on first day?

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Valley of Flowers trek requires one to trek for minimum of four days. This page explains the difficulty of the trek on these different days. What are the other options available on these days to skip trekking? Can a first time trekker do this trek?

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There were massive floods in Uttarakhand in June 2013. Devkant Sangwan has been to the valley after the floods and clicked the pictures and videos of the valley after the floods. Many websites say that the valley has been washed away in the floods but it is totally a false and irresponsible statement. Read this post with many pictures and photographs of the valley taken in October 2013.

75 comments on “Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India
  1. Preeti says:

    Hello , me and my friend are planning to visit yhis place in second week of june . Can you please provide us the details for this trip.

  2. supriyo ghosh says:

    myself and my wife visited Valley of Flowers through your 27 Aug tour plan including Auli. Thanks for everything what you have provided . This is our bad luck that number of flowers have reduced that time.But allover experience was awsome.I should mention guide Mr Ratnesh without whom we could not complete our tour successfully.one thing i should mention that though you have mailed everything but you should mention those places where you are not providing food in tour itinerary itself.thanks a lot again.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Thank you Supriyo for your feedback.
      We are glad to see that you are happy with the trip. We have mentioned in the itineraray that meals will be provided in Ghangaria only.
      Thank you for writing. Hope you will join this year as well. The detailed itinerary for this year has been sent to you.

  3. Shally says:

    We are a group of 6 people planning to visit the place before it gets closed in October.

    Please share a detailed plan with costs on the trek that can help us plan better

    THANKS

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Shally

      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check.
      Do contact if you are intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  4. Rishabh says:

    Hi

    Is there vacancy for a single male on the trip starting on 13th August (Independence day weekend). I am based out of Delhi. Please advise what the cost would be and the itinerary and other details please.
    Thank you
    Rishabh

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Rishabh
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  5. Priyesh Verma says:

    Hi Devkant,

    Can you please brief me for this trek. I am planning for solo trip to Valley of Flowers. Can i join you for 2nd August group? What would be estimated cost for same?

    You can mail me on priyesh.verma@outlook.com

    Thanks

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Priyesh
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Do contact if you are interested this year.
      Thank you !!

  6. deepti says:

    hi,

    We are planning Valley of Flowers during july first week. Will it be good time to see flowers? how would be the weather condition? can you please mention the main flowers which can be seen during july first week?

  7. Param says:

    Hi
    Need the detailed itinerary, package cost per person & list of vacant batches.

  8. Mansi Gajjar says:

    Hello, we’re 4 to 5 people planning to visit Valley of Flowers in 2nd week of may. Is it a good time for trekking?
    A kind request to advice itinerary and approximate cost details for the same.
    Thank you!

  9. Aastha says:

    Hey, we are a group of 3-4 people looking around for Valley of Flowers Trek in last week of July /1st week of August. Please help with the available packages.

  10. Aakriti Vig says:

    Hi Devkant,

    We are a group of 4-5 people and we are planning to travel/trek in the month of August..Can you please provide the package cost per person and the itinerary for a 3-day trek to Valley of Flowers?

  11. sagar says:

    Hi,
    I am looking for trek to VALLEY OF FLOWERS. Can you send me itenary and cost for same.

    Thanks in Advance

  12. Ramani says:

    Can you please provide the package cost for four people (3 adults and 1 semi-adult – 15 years old) and the itinerary for a 3-day trek to Valley of Flowers?

    It’s a brilliant initiative and a very good website providing useful information.

  13. Kishore says:

    Hi,

    Could you please let me know the cost and details of the trip from Bangalore?
    What are the facilities that are available. If possible, can you forward the itenary for 1st week of Sep.

    Regards,
    Kishore.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,
      Our package is from Haridwar to Haridwar. A detailed itinerary with costing has been sent to you.

  14. Prasanth R Nair says:

    Dear Devkant Sangwan,if you canplease send me the full expenditures and appropriate time to visit Valley of Flowers..regards,Prasanth R Nair

  15. Dileep Srivastava says:

    My wife (57), daughter(16) and I (64) wish to visit Valley of Fowers in AUG/SEP ’16 – we can start from Delhi.

    Could you send us an itinerary suggesting the recommended number of days required, route, stay, transport and food arrangements and necessary precautions we should take health- wise and dos and donts – and the costs.

  16. Poornima says:

    I just wanted to check on the weather there, as per forecast it says heavy rains are expected. Please update the status. We have booked the trek starting 25th Jul 2015.

  17. Gaurav says:

    Are the road open for travelling to Valley of Flowers. Planning to come by Aug 1

  18. Mrs Dayal says:

    Are the roads open from now Haridwar to Govindghat, we would like to go by August first?

  19. lopamudra dash says:

    sir, we will plan to visit the vally for two days trip (22nd & 23rd july). Is it open on that days

  20. P Shankar says:

    Dear Sir
    We are interested in Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib & Badriath trip
    We are family of 3 (all adults), but travelling by bus is not possible due to sickness, hence would prefer separate car
    What is the best itenary you can suggest. Preferred time is in Aug or Sep or your recommendation
    Regards
    Shankar

  21. Neesha says:

    Is the valley closed now due to rains?

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Everything is fine as per now. Definitely you can visit Valley of Flowers around that time. The bridges has been fixed and routes have been reopened.

  22. Need the detailed itinerary and cost pls.

  23. rashmi raveendran says:

    Hello,

    Currently Iam reading a lot in the newspaper about the situation in Uttarakhand due to the rains. I read that people are being evacuated, airlifted etc. I also hear that a lot of bridges etc have been washed away. I just wanted to check if this is going to have any impact on the trek starting 5th july.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Everything is fine as per now. Definitely you can visit Valley of Flowers around that time.

  24. Arun mangave says:

    Please sent details of Valley of Flowers starting from 1st August 15 we are four members age above 55 2 male 2 females

  25. rsa says:

    we ( me and my husband) want to visit in mid july ti Valley of Flowers. preferrably covering 29 th july or 18 th july . we will luke to opt for air lift. please share package cost and itenary. also, what are tge stay options, do we have hotels or its just camps

  26. Jatin kumar says:

    Sir may you please send me the full expenditures and best time to visit Valley of Flowers….

  27. Devkant Sangwan says:

    Hello Mam,
    It’ll be very hectic for you and we dont recommend this.

  28. Nisha says:

    What all to carry with us? Cost of trekking per person? Type of shoes?

  29. J.R.VACHHANI says:

    CAN YOU PLEASE POST THE CURRENT PICTURES OF VALLEY OF FLOWERS?
    CAN YOU DO IT SAY WEEK WISE FOR THE SAME ALSO?
    SO THAT WE COULD ENJOY HOW IT LOOKS AS DAYS ARE GONE BY!

  30. Prashant says:

    Please send me the details for Valley of Flowers . total cost , where to stay , how to reach there.
    For the one person .

  31. viraj says:

    Please send details about cost

  32. Shubham says:

    Hi!,
    Is there any slot open for 20/21st june.we are 2 persons.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,
      Our departure are starting from 28th June, 2015 only, you can opt any one of the them from the below given ones:-

      Valley of Flowers Trek 2015
      28th June – 4th July (Open)
      5th July – 11th July (Open)
      11th July – 17th July (Newly Announced-Open)
      18th July – 24th July (Newly Announced-Open)
      25th July – 31st July (Newly Announced-Open)
      1st Aug. – 7th Aug.(Newly Announced-Open)
      9th Aug. – 15th Aug. (Open)
      16th Aug. – 22nd Aug. (Open)
      23rd Aug. – 29th Aug. (Open)
      30th Aug. – 5th Sept. (Open)
      6th Sept. – 12th Sept. (Open)
      13th Sept. – 19th Sept. (Open)
      20th Sept. – 26th Sept. (Open)

  33. Niloy Roy says:

    Hello Devkant,

    Please share details with cost soon for trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib for 2 persons and also what necessary things like dress, medicines, tools we have to carry along

  34. Supriya says:

    Hi,

    Please tell me when can we go to flower valley this year.

    Thanks

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Mam,
      Following are the departures to Valley of Flowers this year:-
      Fix Departures in 2015
      All these departures are of 7 Days and starting on Sunday.
      Valley of Flowers Trek 2015

      28th June – 4th July (Open)
      5th July – 11th July (Open)
      12th July – 18th July (Closed)
      19th July – 25th July (Closed)
      26th July – 1st Aug. (Closing Soon)
      2nd Aug. – 8th Aug. (Closing Soon)
      9th Aug. – 15th Aug. (Open)
      16th Aug. – 22nd Aug. (Open)
      23rd Aug. – 29th Aug. (Open)
      30th Aug. – 5th Sept. (Open)
      6th Sept. – 12th Sept. (Open)
      13th Sept. – 19th Sept. (Open)
      20th Sept. – 26th Sept. (Open)

  35. Shankha Chaudhuri says:

    Mr. Devkant, we are a group of 4-5 people who are planning a 6 day trip from Delhi probably by July 3rd/4th week.
    Is 6 days (including travel) sufficient for the Valley of Flowers trek?

    Request you to suggest an itinerary with the approximate costs that may be incurred.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      We have departures every Sunday in July, August and September 2015. You should ideally have 7 days ex Haridwar, but can be done in 6 days ex Haridwar. A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. Please send us your phone number so that we can discuss about the trip.

  36. krishnan says:

    After a long search found your blog very useful for travelers. I am traveling lonely for badrinath and i am planning to visit Valley of Flowers in June second week.Is bus facility easily available from badrinath and from here to haridwar. Is room available or have to book online. can you estimate the approximate cost for lonely trip and is it safe for lonely travelers? thanks in advance sir

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Thanks for the compliment. Bus service is not so frequent, but you can request for a seat in other buses hired exclusively by tourists. You may get a seat. From Joshimath to Haridwar you can find a bus service very early in the morning. Trip is safe for lonely travelers. You may get a hotel after reaching there also. But June is peak season for Hemkund Sahib, so sometime getting a room becomes difficult.

  37. Vikas says:

    Trek to Valley of Flowers only 1 member.

    Please share details with cost soon.

  38. Suresh Tk says:

    Super

  39. Srini says:

    Dear Devkant Sangwan – U are an encyclopedia on the flowers in the valley. wonderful blog ! Thx for sharing !

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