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.
- Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve
- Declaration of National Park
- Base camp Ghangaria
- Opening and Closing dates 2021
- Opening and closing timings
- Best time to visit
- Entry Fee
Valley of flowers in different months, it changes colors every fifteen days.
Important facts about Valley of flowers national park.
- Location : Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand.
- National Park : It was declared as National park in 1982.
- World Heritage Site : Declared as World Heritage Site on July 14, 2005 by UNESCO.
- Best time to visit : July and August
- Hotels : Blue Poppy Swiss Cottage camps and Blue Poppy Resorts in Auli.
- Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 650 For non-Indians
- Entry Timings : 7 am to 5 pm
- Opening Date : 1st June
- Closing Date : 4th October
- Time needed for Valley of flowers trek : 7 days Ex Haridwar.
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve
Location: Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand.
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 m 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.
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Valley of flowers did not open every year in past 8 years.
In 2013 whole Himalayan region witnessed huge floods so the valley of flowers could not be opened. It was opened in 2014 only for three days. Again in 2020 due to Corona Virus pandemic the Valley of flowers did not open for public. The whole region was closed. However Hemkund Shahib was open for few days at the end of season. So in 2021 you the valley of flowers will see the human beings after two years in 2021 !
Location of Valley of Flowers national park
Valley of flowers national park 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. Check our trek itinerary page for more day wise information. It is around 500 km from New Delhi and 300 km from Haridwar. 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.
It 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, now you can drive upto Pulna village. Rishikesh is 6 Hours Drive from New Delhi, India.
You can check our Valley of flowers trek itinerary page for detailed itinerary of the tour.
Declaration of National Park and world heritage site under nature category.
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. Valley of flowers was declared as the National Park in 1982, and is 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.
Base camp Ghangaria
Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek to the valley. 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.
Opening and Closing dates of Valley of Flowers in 2021.
Valley of flowers will open on 1st June 2021 and will close on 4th October, 2021. It remained closed for public in 2013 after the floods in June 2013 till 4th October, 2014 as the trek between Ghangaria and the valley 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 and be at the entry gate at 6.45 so as to take your entry ticket sooner and enter by 7.00 am. Your return trek should start by 1.30 pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers national park
The best time to visit 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. Please read out full page on Best time to visit Valley of Flowers for detailed information.
Valley of Flowers in June
Huge Glaciers are found in June. 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.
Please see the following link for gallery of flowers found in June
Valley of Flowers in July
At this time the Valley 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.
How the Valley of flowers looks in August
The valley is in full bloom till August end. You will see lot of flowers and beautiful landscapes. During August the it witnesses maximum number of tourists specially second week because of long week end near fifteen August. Being 15th of August national Holiday. So please book your rooms in advance or book a Valley of flowers tour package with Blue Poppy holidays in advance. You can come on third week of August to avoid lot of cowed on the trek.
Valley of Flowers in September
This is the last phase when it is accessible to general public. After this snowfall will start in the month of the October, and it 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. During September you will not see flowers but overall the valley will still be very beautiful and elegant. The weather will be very nice, you can also add Auli in your trip. The Gorson top trek to Auli is very nice and book stay at Blue Poppy Resorts at Auli.
Valley of flowers in October.
Being high altitude valley the snowfall starts in the month of October and the Valley is closed for general public. It closes on 4th October.
Valley of flowers entry fee.
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.
Entry fee chart
|Sr. No.||Description||Entry Fee|
|1||Entrance Fee (in Rs.)|
Per Head for first Three Days
|Rs. 150 for Indian nationals and Rs. 600 for foreigners|
|Extra day||Rs. 50 for Indian nationals and Rs. 250 for foreigners|
|Still Camera (Non-Professional)||Free|
|Still Camera (Professional)||Free|
|Movie-Video (Professional)||Rs. 500 for Indian nationals and Rs. 1500 for foreigners|
|Feature Film Per Day||Rs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners|
|Documentary Film Per Day||Rs. 10000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 30000 for foreigners|
|4||Security for above|
|Feature Film Per Day||Rs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners|
|Documentary Film Per Day||Rs. 50000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 100000 for foreigners|
Valley of flowers Pictures
We have lots and lots of pictures of valley of flowers so you can check the following link for beautiful images of valley of flowers