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Valley Of FlowersNestled in the picturesque valley of Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, this place is infectiously beautiful for alpine flowers and incredible natural sceneries. Nanda Devi National Park is near by and together its called Nanda Devi and Valley Of Flowers National Park. The park spreads over an area of 87.50 km square and also recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The park is also famous for variety of fauna and rich with rare and endangered wild creatures. Home of some of the beautiful animals like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.

As the name suggest the place is beautifully adorned by varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and must see place for phytologist. The place is in the western Himalayas so embellished with Himalayan flowers including ferns, dwarf iris, dwarf larkspur, dwarf rhododendrons, primula, blues poppies, fritillaria, asters and uncountable inulka grandifloras. Heavenly abode of chilling streams, shady silver birch and snowy peaks, the place is believed to be playground of fairies and nymphs. It was unknown to people worldwide untill English botanist Frank Smyth in 1931 made it famous detailed 262 different types of flowers in his book, Valley Of Flower.

One Of the popular way to reach valley of flower is the trekking route. The trek route starts at Govindghat in Uttarakhand. From there its a long 14 kms trek to Ghangria. Ghangria is the base and gateway to valley and usually people stay here. The total trek takes about seven hours and require lots of energy and mental toughness but the beauty surrounding the valley simply refreshing. It is recommended to visit the the place in rainy season when the Bhyundar Ganga has maximum surge and roaring past you.

Key Species In Valley Of Flowers

MAMMALS - Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Himalayan Weasel, Yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Himalayan Mouse-hare, Bharal (Blue Sheep), Indian Flying Squirrel. BIRDS RAPTORS- Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Common Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Black Eagle.

BIRDS RAPTORS- Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Common Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Black Eagle.

Valley Of FlowersFLORA - Himalayan Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Himalayan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Hill Partridge, Chukar, Red-billed Chough, Yellow-billed Chough, Common Raven, Grandala, Snow Pigeon, Spotted Laughingthrush, Variegated Laughingthrush, Plain-backed Thrush, Upland Pipit, Rosy Pipit, Rock Bunting, White-capped Bunting Brown Dipper, White-throated Dipper, Spotted Forktail, Little Forktail FLORA TREES pines, maples, firs, spruces, rhododendrons, silver birch, common yew, asters, balsams, dandelions, edelweisses, gentians, geraniums, irises, lilies, poppies (Blue Poppy above), potentillas, primulas, saussurea, senecios.

Invaluable Suggestions

You need to obtain an entry permit from the Forest Checkpost at the entrance to the park. This permit is valid for three days. You have to pay apetty sum of money but there are additional charges for still cameras, video cameras.

Park is open for the visitors for only during the day time.

The valley is reachable from Govindghat. There are possibly two ways to reach there. One is Rishikesh-Srinagar-Karnprayag-Joshimath-Govindghat that is roughly 270 kms and another one is Haldwani-Ranikhet-Karnprayag-Joshimath-Govindghat that is 332 kms.

Best time to visit the park is during the rainy season thats mid July to mid September.

Joshimath, at a distance of around 23 km from the Nanda Devi National Park, is an important place in any expedition to the higher altitudes of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Travellers Factoid
Area : 87.5 Sq. Kms.
Year of establishment : 1982
Location: On the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in Chamoli District of Uttar Pradesh.
Climate : July and August
Maximum Temp.: 170 Celsius
Minimum Temp : 70 Celsius
Head Quarters : Joshimath
Nearest Railway Station : Rishikesh, Distt. Dehradun
Nearest Air Port : Jolly Grant, Distt. Dehradun (17 Kms. From Rishikesh)
Nearest petrol pump : Jharkula, Joshimath (22 kms. Before Govindghat)
Nearest Hospital/Market/Bank : Joshimath
Nearest Post & Telegraph Office/Phone : Govindghat
How To Reach?
By Air- Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun falls the nearest to the Valley of Flowers.
By Train- The nearest railhead is Rishikesh at a distance of 276 km
By Road- Valley of Flowers is well connected with most of the major cities of India.

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