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.
The park stretches over an area of 87.50 km².
It is 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 July
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Valley of Flowers in September
Valley of Flowers entry fee
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.
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