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).
The Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1982. In the year 2005 it was declared as a world heritage by UNESCO under nature category. There are about 650 types of different plant species found here. These include some of the very rare plants like Ladies Sleeper Orchid, Blue Poppy, and Braham Kamal etc. You will find a dense forest of Bhoj Patra also in the Valley and on the other side of Pushpawati River.
Valley of flowers changes its colors almost every day. If you visit the Valley repeatedly every week you will find different color of valley every week. To feel this effect kindly watch pictures below which are taken in different months. People from all over the world come here to see this majestic natural beauty.
Valley of flowers cycle:
It starts in the month of May when snow starts melting and the seeds buried under snow last year starts germinating and by the month of July Valley will be in full bloom. It continues to be in full bloom for till August and different types of flowering plants keeps coming and dying with the passage of time. Due to this the valley keeps changing its colors almost every day. We at bluepoppyholidays.com have experienced this phenomenon and recommend that if you are going to the valley more than once you should go in different seasons to experience the effect. You will experience an altogether different Valley of Flowers. Valley of flowers information page
Valley of flowers in four different seasons.
The Valley is snow clad for much of the year. In the month of April snow starts melting and seeds germinate by June. By the mid July, Valley of flowers is in full bloom.
Valley remains in full bloom till mid August and after that the plants starts maturing. By the end of August the color of the valley changes from lush green to peach green color. By September, Valley of flowers changes its color to more yellow and brown and slowly the green shade vanishes. By September last week most of the flowers changes to seeds and berries. Even berries of most of the flowers are very beautiful.
You may visit the VALLEY any time from July to September, but your experience will totally depend on the month you are visiting. But valley of flowers is always beautiful
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 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.
Detailed analysis of what is the best time to visit valley of flowers with pictures 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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