Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India

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Valley of Flowers is a vibrant and splendid national park reposing in West Himalayas. Nestled in Uttarakhand, this alluring place is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. High in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region sprawls this enchanting valley. Legends believe it to be the place from where Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani buti for curing Lakshmana. This place has floral pastures, running streams and beautiful backdrop of the mountains.

Pushpawati river bed is 6 kilometers in the Valley of Flowers. You can see the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is due to a colony of a beautiful flower Epilobium Latifolium or we can call it River Beauty also.

Pushpawati river bed is 6 kilometers in the Valley of Flowers. You can see the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is due to a colony of a beautiful flower Epilobium Latifolium or we can call it River Beauty also.

It’s a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. A colossal expanse of 87.5 sq kms and myriad alpine flowers makes this place a colorful paradise. Perched at an altitude of 3658 mts above sea level, Bhyundar Valley is the home to this surreal place. Historically, the beauty of the place was unknown to world until in 1931, three British mountaineers came here. They lost their way and happened to discover this alluring valley and named it Valley of Flowers. Later in the year 1939, Joan Margaret Legge, a botanist arrived here to study flowers. She was deputed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Krew but she lost her life by slipping from the rocky terrain. Her sister later came here and erected a memorial near the spot.

Location of Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers is located 300 Kms North of Rishikesh, near Badrinath. You need to Travel by Road till Govindghat and from there the trek to Valley of Flowers starts. Govindghat is 20 Kms before Badrinath. Till Govidghat there is a motor-able Road. Rishiksh is 6 Hours Drive from New Delhi, India.

VALLEY OF FLOWERS IS LOCATED 300 KMS NORTH OF RISHIKESH, NEAR BADRINATH

Emerald mountain ranges, green meadows and white clouds fuse to create a dreamlike locale called Valley of Flowers. Cascading waterfalls are abundant while you’re traversing towards the valley. Declared as the National Park in 1982, the vibrant valley is a world heritage site as well. The pristine beauty, mystical surroundings lures nature lovers, photographers and botanists.

Valley of Flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season. It is in full bloom during July, August and September. This is the best time to explore the splendor of this magnificent place. The aqua waters of Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts. Dew drops of flowers, the rhythmic sound of flowing water and the romantic breeze can be enjoyed by the visitors during the period of July to September. As per the local beliefs, this valley was inhabited by fairies. No wonder, it’s a fairy land.

Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek to Valley of Flowers. It has private lodges and hotels for accommodation. One cannot stay at Valley of flowers, therefore Ghangaria remains an ideal place to relax and sleep. It is managed and administered by the Uttarakhand State Forestry Department and Ministry of Environment and Forests. Settlement in this park is not allowed and grazing is also banned since 1983.

A beautiful world awaits here at the endearing spot. We offer attractive trekking packages and arrangements for all budgets. You could book online and avail great prices. It’s a wonderland of natural beauty that shouldn’t be missed.

Location of Valley of Flowers

Valley of flowers is located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand India. This is remotely located and it takes minimum 3 days to reach Valley of flowers from Haridwar. The last motor-able point is Govindghat. You can check our trek itinerary page for more day wise information. It is around 500 km from New Delhi and 300 km from Haridwar. You can check our page on how to reach valley of flowers, we have given distances between important points and time required between them, different modes of transportation available to reach Valley of Flowers.

Opening and Closing dates of Valley of Flowers.

Valley of flowers opens on 1st June every year and closes on4th October, but the valley remained closed for public in 2013 after the floods in June 2013 till 4th October, 2014 as the trek between Ghangaria and Valley of Flowers was damaged. It was reconstructed by September, 2014 and valley was opened for public for 6 days from 4th October to 9th October, 2014. You can visit out best time to visit valley of flowers page to know what will be best time among these four months of accessibility of the valley.

Valley of flowers timings (Opening and closing timings of the valley)

Valley of flowers opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. You need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. You should be at the entry gate at 6.45 so as to take your entry ticket sooner and enter by 7.00 am. You should start back by 1.30pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon what you like to see and how rough and tough you are. You will find maximum number of flowers in July and August but being monsoon season you will come across landslides while travelling by road, trekking in rain is also not so pleasant experience. Please read out full page on Best time to visit Valley of Flowers for detailed information.

Valley of Flowers in May

Valley of Flower is snow clad in May. At this time snow starts melting and the seeds of the last year’s plants starts germinating and by July all the flowers will be at full bloom in Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flower is snow clad in May. At this time snow starts melting and the seeds of the last year’s plants starts germinating and by July all the flowers will be at full bloom in Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers in July

At this time Valley of Flowers color is lush green and all the flowers are in full bloom and as you can the pink shade in this picture is a huge colony of Epilobium.

At this time Valley of Flowers color is lush green and all the flowers are in full bloom and as you can the pink shade in this picture is a huge colony of Epilobium.

Valley of Flowers in August

As time passes the plants in Valley of Flowers get mature and you can see lesser number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning color to yellowish green/peach.

As time passes the plants in Valley of Flowers get mature and you can see lesser number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning color to yellowish green/peach.

Valley of Flowers in September

This is the last phase when Valley of Flowers is accessible to general public. After this snowfall will start in the month of the October, and Valley of Flowers will be snow capped again and all the plants will shed seeds and seeds will be preserved under snow to germinate again in next season when snow starts melting in May.

This is the last phase when Valley of Flowers is accessible to general public. After this snowfall will start in the month of the October, and Valley of Flowers will be snow capped again and all the plants will shed seeds and seeds will be preserved under snow to germinate again in next season when snow starts melting in May.

Valley of flowers entry fee.

Entry fee for Valley of Flowers

Entry Fee for Valley of Flowers

Like entry fee for most of other tourist places in India the entry fee is separate for Indian nationals and foreigners. Entry fee for Valley of Flowers is Rs. 150 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 600 (US$ 10 Approx) for foreigners. This entry ticket is valid for 3 days for any extra day Indians need to pay Rs. 50 whereas foreigners need to pay Rs. 250. To take a professional video camera inside the valley Indians need to pay Rs. 500 and for foreigners it is Rs. 1500 for a day.

We organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers. to visit Valley of Flowers kindly fill in your contact details on “contact us” form. we will contact you soon

Valley of flowers Pictures

Following are some of the pictures of valley of flowers taken in Various seasons. For more photos of valley of flowers please visit our Valley of flowers Photo Gallery page. There are many pictures of the valley given there, including pictures of flowers, landscapes and earlier groups taken by us to the valley.

Epilobium Latifolium in deeper parts of Valley of Flowers

Epilobium Latifolium in deeper parts of Valley of Flowers


Valley of flowers picture Anemone Tetrasepla

Valley of flowers picture Anemone Tetrasepla


Tipra Glacier seen from Valley of flowers

Tipra Glacier seen from Valley of flowers

Pictures of valley of flowers taken in July Last week

Pictures of valley of flowers taken in July Last week

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

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52 comments on “Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ashok Kumar says:

    Devkant ji:

    I have read more about Ms. Joan Margaret Legge, British Botanist, who lost her life while exploring the valley. But there is information given about Ms. Legge and her tomb situated in the valley.

    regards,
    ashok

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Ms. Joan Margaret Legge body was not found and her sister came and made a memorial for her. so basically its not a tomb it’s just a memorial.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Abhishek says:

    Dear Devkant,
    Kindly inform ome about current status of Valley of flowers, badrinath and hemkund sahib as I am planning to go there from 1st Oct to 5th Oct 2014.
    I am informed that roads and connectivity are not in place and no one can go there. Please inform me on my email abhishekkumar.miracle@gmail.com. It will be a great help for us.

    Abhishek

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      I am sorry the day you asked the question I was in Ghangaria with no internet and phone facility. Valley of flowers opened for 6 days this season only from 4th October to 9th October, 2014 .

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan venkatesh maheshwari says:

    hi , two friends from mumbai

    we want to start from haridwar on 31st aug to vof, pls share details of trip and itinerary at VOF

    regards

    venkatesh

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Mimmy says:

    Wonderful site and very good information!
    I would like to visit this place with my 9 yr old son. Is it safe?
    If yes, please give us more details

    Thanks

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Satish says:

    I am visiting Utarakhand between 23rd and 29th october 2014. I plan to go to Chopta and from there drive to the VOF. Will it be open or will we be too late to enjoy nature.
    thanks
    satish

  6. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan dolat patel says:

    Hi sir,how are you? can you send me photos and videos of Valley of Flowers of july-2014?

  7. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Anne says:

    I’m confused. I’ve read this section several times along with Trip Advisor and some other commercial websites. Most are saying that the Valley of Flowers will be closed this year but that Hem Kund is open. One site suggests that it may be possible to walk about 1km inside that Valley of Flowers.

    I was hoping to visit Valley of Flowers in the last week of July but will not do si if I can only see 1 km inside the park.

    Do you have any updated information or suggestions as to where I might find more recent reports? Thank you.

  8. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan pavitra says:

    we have booked for 3rd august batch, but not finding any new posts from mr devkant. eagerly waiting to know the developments regarding bridge to valley.

  9. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan mahesh chandak says:

    hello
    Please send me the itinerary for 27 July morning departure from Haridwar
    Thanks

  10. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Sangeeta says:

    Hi devkant,
    I am planning to visit VOF with full enthusiasm….. But all these uncertain news is really disappointing. I am eagerly waiting for ur next blog so that you can give us all a pakka information regarding the situation once you have visited VOF personally . Keeping my fingers crossed. And thank for carring out this fantastic work.
    With regards
    Sangeeta

  11. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Rachna Chaudhary says:

    Dear Mr. Devkant,
    I would like to visit VOF coming August, I live in Delhi.
    Please tell me if I can do it alone or if I have to accompany some group.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      You can do it alone also no problem with that as other group members will be there and you’ll not feel alone.

  12. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Dr Subhendu P. Chakravarti says:

    Dear Devkant,

    Many thanks for this wonderful and informative blog.

    I do not find any mention of Joan Margarette Leggi. Did I miss it?

    The Botanical names are generally printed in italics and the second part start with small case letter. Is there any special reason for not following the custom?

    Subhendu

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      I am very Sorry for the ignorance about the way botanical names should be written. We will soon write a special page about Ms. Margarette Leggi.

  13. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan gokul says:

    I wud like to know how i make the payment for booking the trek to VOF

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Bank Account Details to Deposit Cash / Cheque for booking confirmation.

      Name : Blue Poppy Holidays Private Limited
      Bank : ICICI Bank
      Account Number : 046105500224
      Branch : BAHADURGARH, Haryana
      IFSC Code : ICIC0000461

  14. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Suhas Bhuyan says:

    Hi Devkant

    Sorry to bother you..But I have a query for or you can say an information for you…

    I have come to know that due to cloud burst on night of July 1-2 at Lambagar, the road connectivity between Govindghat- Badrinath has washed away. This is the same site where 3Km. road was totally vanished last year due to heavy floods. Although Border Road Organization have started work on the site but it will take atleast 45 days for completing the road, that to if weather permits.

    Further Director, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve under which jurisdiction
    Valley Of Flowers falls have stopped all construction work in the entire area due to heavy rains and officially announced not to open Valley for tourist this season.

    Ïs this information true as I had a plan to go for Valley of Flowers trip on August 7, 2014 and was anxiously waiting for it.

    Since I found your website and your guidance very helpful, I thought of consulting you. Kindly look into it..

    Regards,
    Suhas

  15. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Pranav says:

    Hi Devkant,
    Wonderful website. Really informative. I am Planning to visit valley of flower on 26th July weekend. Can it be done over a 3 day period. ie Leaving on Thursday night /evening from Delhi and return by Monday early morning.
    Can you help in making an itinerary?

  16. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Abhijit Deyasi says:

    Hi,
    Is this year’s trekking to VOF started?

  17. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Adhitya P. Singh says:

    Dear Devkant Sangwan,
    I was really disappointed by the news that VOF is no more. Thanks to God that I encountered your blog about VOF and giving me some hope.
    I’m planning to go there, leaving Delhi on 25 June 2014.
    Although I read all the comments, but I wanna a ask “Is VOF today sa beautiful as it used to be ?”
    Do i need to book hotels befote I leave..?
    Thank You…!

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      I have been to Valley of flowers in October 2013, the valley of flowers is totally intact except at some points the trek was damaged. Lot of reputed news sites have reported wrongly about the valley of flowers.
      Valley of flowers is not yet open and it is highly possible that it will not be open by the June 25th also.
      Please read Will Valley of Flowers open in 2014? When does Valley of Flowers open ?.
      If you want I can arrange for hotels.
      VA

      • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Dinesh Vidhani says:

        sirji I have CONFIRMED AUTHENTIC INFORMATION that VOF is not going to open before August…I have some contacts with government officials…so I directly talked with the person incharge of developing the area…Actually they said that they have capacity to build it within 15-20 days, but they do not have budget..

      • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Adhitya P. Singh says:

        Thank you so much for replying.
        I dropped the idea of 25 June. I’m planning to go there in September starting.
        I need your knowledge, for sure i’ll contact you then.
        Thank you again.

  18. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Suhas Bhuyan says:

    Hi Devkant

    I am planning to visit Valley of Flowers in second week of August-2014. Will the bridge that got collapsed last year in floods be ready by August? I have heard that it is still under construction..

    Regards,
    Suhas

  19. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan pramod chand says:

    sir,i want to go valley of flowers in mid july…can you help me in making a tour package with total of three persons.

  20. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Sanyam Gupta says:

    Sir,I wish to visit the Valley and Hemkund in mid-June(the only time I could travel). But I am not aware about the condition of trek and also the accommodation.So if you please tell me about it.

  21. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Akhil says:

    Dear Dav,

    I am very happy to see you spreading knowledge for those who love nature. I still remember your coffee bottle during study time.

    Regards
    Akhil
    9953868996

  22. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Deepa says:

    Hey Devkant,

    I would like to go for this trek in July…from Bangalore..could you guide me as to how I can make it to this trek?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Deepa,

      We have lot of fixed departures this season. We have departures every Sunday from Haridwar from July to September. I have sent you detailed itinerary and other details on you mail ID. If possible contact me on my phone numbers given in the mail. I will accompany the groups personally.

  23. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Narasimha says:

    Hi,
    we are couple. My wife is very much intrested to visit the place. She is been asking for me from long time. So, I decided to take her to this time, if everything goes well we are planning to visit in August. My priority question is, is it safe for couple to travel as I don’t want to take any chance with my wife’s safety, this was my main reason to delay the tour. As I now come across your website, I feel it will be fine to take her to her dream place. Please let me know is it safe. Thanks in advance.

    –Narasimha

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Narashimha,
      I think you care you wife a lot. Me and my wife has been going to this place for many years and still ok. Even senior citizens can so this place. Actually there are many factors responsible for deciding about the safety on your trip to valley of flowers, for eg different type of diseases combined with age factor. You can talk to me personally on +91 9992756910 and +91 8950969292.

  24. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan pragya pandre says:

    when i knew that there is place like heavan..ooo..MG i really wanna go there…but after disaster at Uttarakhand the flowers of valley is ok??? I am really confused…

  25. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Purshoam Oke says:

    Hello Devkant, First of all, Thanks to make this wonderful website full of valuable information, pictures and your vision towards safeguarding the nature with various cautious and alarming inputs. I, Purushottam Oke, am from Pune and a big nature lover. This is one of the places along with Ladakh that is still on top of my must visit places list. I am sure I do find space this year to fulfill my dream to visit the valley atleast once in my lifetime. Considering all the articles published about Valley of Flowers and feedback seen about the best visit time, I hope this comes amongst the best period to visit the Valley of Flowers.

  26. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Shiva says:

    Beautiful…I have been to Badrinath but missed the opportunity of visiting the Valley of Flowers. It is truly a heaven on Earth. Now, it tops my wish list. Thank you for such a lovely coverage.

  27. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Kushaal Sangwan says:

    I like this site very much …………. n the pics are awesome :)

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