Valley of Flowers:
Stretching over an expanse of 87.50 sq. km. the valley is surrounded by snow capped mountains and carpeted with some 500 rare species of Himalayas. Frank S. Smythe- mountaineer, explorer botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work, introduced the valley to the world as Valley of Flowers.
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.
Valley of Flowers Important Opening and Closing Dates 2017
Opening Date of Valley of Flowers: 1 June 2017
Closing Date of Valley of Flowers: Yet to be updated
Indians: INR 150
Foreigner: INR 600
A swift trek route to the flower valley has been carved which will easily guide you towards the empyrean floral valley. To make your sojourn rewarding a new motor able bridge has been erected in Govindghat, connecting 4 km towards the Valley of Flowers till Pulna Village. So now the tourists have to trek only 10 km to reach Ghangaria (the base camp of Valley of Flower Trek).
How to Reach Valley of Flowers?
The Valley of Flowers lies in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an elevation of 3,658 metres above sea level in the upper expanses of Bhyundar Ganga, near Joshimath. The lower reaches of Bhyundar Ganga, near Govindghat is known as Bhyundar Valley.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Valley of Flowers but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to commence trek of 16kms to reach Valley of Flowers. It is situated at a distance of 292 kms from Jolly Grant Airport and is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Govindghat.
Helicopter Services for Valley of Flower: If you are planning to cover Hemkund Sahib with valley of flowers, then definitely take the helicopter service. As compared to many other treks, Valley of Flowers do offer you option between trekking or using helicopter.
There is a helicopter service from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria. Helicopter will drop you at helipad ground at Ghangaria. However, from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers you need to trek only- no other option! So manage your luggage accordingly, however you may get a porter from Helipad ground to Ghangaria.
The nearest railway station to Valley of flowers is Rishikesh but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to commence trek of 16 kms to reach Valley of Flowers. Rishikesh railway station is situated 273 kms before Govindghat on NH58.
Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Govindghat.
It is connected upto Pulna village (4 kms from Govindghat) with motorable roads and from here you have to commence trek of 13 kms to reach Valley of Flowers. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state.
Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Govindghat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Govindghat is situated on National Highway 58 making it easy to reach.