|| On the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga
||87.5 sq km
|Best Time to Visit
||July and August
||3,250 to 6,750 m above sea level
Valley of Flowers is one of the national parks of India famous in the world for rare and endangered animals and meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. The Valley Flowers is situated in the far interior of Garhwal Himalayas and is spread over an area of 87.5 Sq. Kms. The gentle landscape, waterfalls, meadow further enhances the beauty of the Valley Flowers National Park surrounded by dense forests on the hillsides.
During its early phase, the park was locally known as Bhyundar Valley, which was used by the local people as playground of fairies and nymphs. The history of the Valley Flowers can be dated back to 1937 when Frank S. Smith, who was mountaineer, explorer, and a botanist camped here and introduced to the world this area as the “Valley of Flowers”. He had also written a book after the name of the Park that revealed the beauty and floral splendors of the valley. Miss Margarate Legge conducted further research in 1939 and lost her life while she was on survey.
The Wide Range of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers attracted the tourists and botanist from all over the world for its almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom in natural way. Most of the flowers are used for medicinal purpose too. The Valley remains in bloom for the period of three months flowering pastures with clear running streams are set against silver birches and shining snow peak. Some of the famous species of flowers are Anemone, Geranium, Marigold, Potentilla, Asters, Ranunculus, Inula, Campanula, Arisaema, Impatiens, Ligularia, Saxifrages, Thermopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Rhododendrons and numerous others.
Best Time to Visit
The best season to visit the Valley of Flowers is during summer between June and October. The rest of the year, Valley is full of heavy snow that makes the entry impossible and block off the track. During August and September, the valley turns into a mass of blooms!
How to Reach Valley of Flowers
This Valley is well connected by the roadways, railways and airways from where Delhi is 595 Kms. The altitude of the place varies from 3,200 m to 6,675 m with trek routes.