Valley of Flowers - Where Nature Lives

Sunday, April 4, 2010

October 1st 2009 (Ghangaria)
Again it's a beautiful morning and we woke up around 5.30 A.M.Today. It  is a tough day for us, we have to go back to Joshimath after visiting Valley of Flowers.

We left for Valley of Flowers, the most beautiful place in this trip around 6.30 A.M. Valley of Flowers is an Indian National Park.This is now a World Heritage Site. We paid 150 INR for 3 Indians.  For persons other than Indians, one needs to pay charges as prescribed  for them. Beside this one needs to pay for Movie Camera or professional camera's also.

Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is home of diverse alpine flora
and other beautiful flowers species.

Total track distance from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers is around 3 KM.It took us around 1 hours and 30 minutes to reach at the Valley.

Track from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers was a track fully blessed by nature. Track to the Valley is not a hard or steap track it's a normal one with just few minor steaps. But you will not feel the heat as it is full of breathtaking sceneries.

Track to the valley will be on the side of Pushawati river and snow bounded mountains. On the track one can feel the fragrance of the flowers in the atmosphere.

It's better to take water and any other energy
drinks or medicines as one will not find any source for
such items.

Valley of Flowers

We don't have much to write about of Valley of Flowers. According to some indian stories this is the place where Hanuman searched for Sanjivani Booti to cure Lakshman.
In 1931 when Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer lost his way and accidentally reached at valley of Flowers and after seeing the Valley full of flowers named it as we know it now - Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers is open only in summer between June and October. This place is the house of around 80 species of flowers which are being nourished and grown by nature.

Besides being the home of these flowers,Valley of Flowers is home to tahr, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, common langur, bharal, serow, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear and for Birds Himalayan Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Snowcock, Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, Sparrow Hawk.

Valley is really rich of nature, one can feel what nature has in it to offer to us. Show covered mountains on one side.  River flowing on the other side really making this place an eye catch.

The total area of Valley of Flowers is around 87.50 km² and it has a really rich flora with over 600 species, some of them are quite rare.
Best time to go to Valley of Flowers is around July and August. At this time one can find all species of flowers and full beauty of Valley.

Since it is home of many wild life animals, it's advisable
to follow the instructions of the Rangers deployed
by the Govt.

This was the last post of this trip, we hope you all enjoyed these posts. Stay tuned for our next post in which we are going to explore some other part of INDIA full of beauty.

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Rachana Shakyawar April 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

last pic is my fav.
Such a beautiful color combination and yet it wont get repeat ever n U have captured so well..

Simply Awesome:)

Keep the Spark Alive..

Ron Cooper April 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!

Travelling Rants April 5, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

@Rachana;Thanks last one is also one of my fav..
@Ron: Thank

J. M. P. April 5, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Wonderful photos, I look forward to reading your next trip!

Anonymous,  April 6, 2010 at 6:15 AM  

Is this place heaven or what? Where exactly is it in India (in relation to Mumbai or Delhi)?

Travelling Rants April 6, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

@AJ: This is something near to heaven..especially if u will go there in the month of July and August..this place is some 350Km from Delhi in the state of Uttrakhand

Anonymous,  April 8, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

Googled it. Seems very remote! It borders Nepal and Tibet, for cryin out loud! :))

Travelling Rants April 9, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

@AJ yes it is in remote area one has to cover a track of around 17KM from the base camp to see this beauty of nature..but it worth travelling..

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