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Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India

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.

Valley of Flowers in July

Pushpawati river bed 6 kilometers inside Valley of Flowers. Kindly observe the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is of a colony of a beautiful flower called Epilobium Latifolium or River Beauty.

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.

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 flower 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 Flowers in June

Valley of Flowers is Snow Clad. This is the time when snow in the Valley starts melting and the seeds of the last years’ plants starts germinating and by the month of July the Valley of Flowers will be in full bloom.

Valley of Flowers in July

Valley of Flowers in July

This is the time when you can see the lush green color of Valley of Flowers, flowers are in full bloom the pink shade in the picture is hude colony of Epilobium

Valley of Flowers in August

Valley of Flowers in August

As time passes, plants get matured and lessor number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning yellowish green/peach in color.

Valley of Flowers in September

Valley of Flowers in September.

This is the last phase of valley when it is accessible to general public. Soon snowfall will start in the month of the October, and it will be snow clad again and all the seeds put down by plants 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


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. Read detailed report on what is the best time to visit 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.


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.


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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. Please go through this list. It will help you plan your trip well.

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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.

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Valley of flowers trek travelogues by our customers. Read their experiences with us for your reference.


Hotel booking for valley of flowers

Hotels at Ghangaria, pictures and prices of hotels at Ghangaria are given here. Helpful if you are going of your own for the trek.


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Valley of flowers blog by Devkant Sangwan, various updates of the Valley of Flowers are given here, various visits by author to the valley. Information given here is very useful. Latest news about the valley of flowers is posted at the blog by author.


Frequently ask questions

Many important questions are answered on this page. Some of them are frequently asked by our readers and some of them are very important but are not asked by anyone. Find answers to all of them.


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VWe also organize trekking tours to valley of flowers; If you wish to come to Valley of Flowers with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Frequently asked questions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

20 comments on “Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India
  1. 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

  2. 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…!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Kushaal Sangwan says:

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

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