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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.
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The park stretches over an area of 87.50 km².
The Valley of Flowers, one of the most beautiful high-altitude valleys in Himalayas that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers, nature lovers and botanists for over a century.
The Valley of Flowers changes its colour almost every day as it bloomed with hundreds of different flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. The valley was declared a national part in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site. It was believed by the locals that the Valley of Flowers was inhabited by fairies.
The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and trekkers.
Discovery of Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers was discovered in the year 1931, when Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer along with six other British mountaineers climbed Kamet. A mountain 25,447 feet, situated in Garhwal Himalayas. After climb they descended towards Bhuandar pass. The monsoon had already broken and the day they were crossing the Bhundar pass it was wet, cold and miserable.
Below 16000 feet rain was falling and above that height there was sleet or snow. When the group decended the wind and rain become warmer as they lost height. Dense mist surround the mountain side and they paused, uncertain to the route. Suddenly R.L.Holdsworth a botanist as well as a climbing member of the expedition exclaimed “Look!” Frank S. Smythe followed the direction of his outstretched hand. At first he could see nothing but rocks, then suddenly his wandering gaze was arrested by a little splash of blue, and beyond it were other splashes of blue, a blue so intense it seemed to light the hillside. (You can see such bluish shade of Valley of Flowers even today especially in July month).
In the words of Holdsworth “All of a sudden I was surrounded by Primula in Valley of Flowers primulas. At once the day seemed to brighten perceptibly. Forgotten were all the pains, cold and lost porters. And what a Primula it was! Frank S. Smythe wrote that he has never seen more beautiful flower than thisPrimula in all his mountain wonderings. Later they camped near moraine and there were androsaces, saxifrages, sedums, yellow and red potentillas, Geums, Geraniums, asters gentians and many more. It was impossible to take single step without crushing a flower.
The next day they descended to lush meadows. Here their camp was embowered amidst flowers: snow white drifts of anemones, golden lily, Marigolds, globe flowers, delphiniums, violets, eritrichiums, blue corydalis, wild roses and many more. The Bhuandar valley was the most beautiful valley any of them have seen.
They camped there for two days and later it was called as the “VALLEY OF FLOWERS”.
Later Frank S. Smythe also wrote a book called “THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS“. You can buy the book at village Ghangaria on your trip to VALLEY OF FLOWERS.
Location of Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers national park is located near Badrinath in Chamoli district, Garhwal region of Uttrakhand state in India. It is about 300 Kilometers from Haridwar and 500 kilometers from New Delhi. We have made a dedicated page on How to reach Valley of Flowers. This page explains in detail the distances, mode of transportation and other guidelines along with lots of photographs.
Opening and Closing dates of Valley of Flowers.
The park officially opens every 1st June and closes on 4th October. Actually, valley and its surrounding area are snow clad for most of the year and it become accessible only by June and since snow fall starts by last week of September or first week of October the valley is closed during that time.
Opening and closing times of Valley of Flowers.
In the morning one can enter at 7.00 a.m. and the last entry is allowed by 2.00 p.m. You should come back by 5.00 p.m. We advise you to start your trek backward by 2.00 p.m. if you entered at 7.00 a.m.
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers
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Valley of Flowers entry fee
Indian need to pay Rs. 150 and foreigners Rs. 600 (approx. $12) for a three day pass to the valley. Charges for an additional day are Rs. 50 for Indian and Rs. 250 (approx. $5) for a foreigners. Carrying a still camera is free irrespective of its quality as professional or non-professional.Taking a non-professional video camera is also free. However Indians need to pay Rs. 500 and Foreigners Rs. 1500 for taking in a professional video camera. Also there are charges for making a feature film or documentary film; Indians need to pay Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 10,000 per day and foreigners Rs. 200,000 and Rs. 30,000 per day respectively. You may check this out in the picture.
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