Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India

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.

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

Deeper parts of the valley of flowers, Epilobium Latifolium.
Deeper parts of the valley, Epilobium Latifolium.

Important facts about Valley of flowers

  1. Location : Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand.
  2. National Park : It was declared as National park in 1982.
  3. World Heritage Site : Declared as World Heritage Site on July 14, 2005 by UNESCO.
  4. Best time to visit : July and August
  5. Hotels : Blue Poppy Swiss Cottage camps and Blue Poppy Resorts in Auli.
  6. Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 650 For non-Indians
  7. Entry Timings : 7 am to 5 pm
  8. Opening Date : 1st June
  9. Closing Date : 4th October
  10. 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.

We organize tours to Valley of flowers covering Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath, Auli and a short trek to Gorson Bhugyal ( Meadow). Please fill in your details on the form and a detailed itinerary will be sent to you instantly.

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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. 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. Rishiksh is 6 Hours Drive from New Delhi, India.

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Declaration of National Park

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.

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 2019.

Valley of flowers will open on 1st June 2019 and will close on 4th October, 2019 this year. 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 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 1.30pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

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

Big Glacier in Valley of flowers in June
Big Glacier in 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.

Valley of flowers in July month

 

 

 

 

Valley of flowers in July month

Valley of flowers in August

The valley is in full bloom till August end. You will see lot of flowers and beautiful landscapes.

Valley of flowers in August

 

 

 

 

Valley of flowers in August

Valley of Flowers in September

Valley of flowers in September

 

 

 

 

Valley of flowers in September, This is the picture taken in Last week of September in 2015. Flowers are all gone but the view is clear with different shade of the valley.

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 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.

Valley of flowers in October.

Snowfall starts in the month of October and the Valley is closed for general public. Valley of flowers closes on 4th October

Valley of flowers in October

 

 

 

 

Valley of flowers in 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 for valley of flowers

 

 

 

 

Entry fee for valley of flowers

Entry fee chart

Sr. No.DescriptionEntry Fee
1 Entrance Fee (in Rs.)
Per Head for first Three Days
Rs. 150 for Indian nationals and Rs. 600 for foreigners
 Extra dayRs. 50 for Indian nationals and Rs. 250 for foreigners
2Camera Fee
 
 Still Camera (Non-Professional)Free
 Still Camera (Professional)Free
 Movie-Video (Non-Professional)Free
 Movie-Video (Professional)Rs. 500 for Indian nationals and Rs. 1500 for foreigners
3Filming Charges 
 Feature Film Per DayRs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners
 Documentary Film Per DayRs. 10000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 30000 for foreigners
4Security for above 
 Feature Film Per DayRs. 100000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 200000 for foreigners
 Documentary Film Per DayRs. 50000 for Indian nationals and Rs. 100000 for foreigners

Valley of flowers Pictures

Following are some of the pictures taken in Various seasons. For more photos please visit our 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.

 

 

319 thoughts on “Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India”

  1. Hi, I want to go for this trip.But I have no partner. Do you provide this trip to single person. I am from Guwahati, Assam.I will reach Delhi Railway station.Can you arrange the trip from Delhi railway station? And lastly what will be the total cost of the trip.

  2. I went through the blog to know the information about the trekking but I am still not sure if I have chosen the best time to visit the flower valley can you please get back to me if July 26th batch is the right time??(I want to see the valley when the flowers are seen)and the cost of trekking so that I can plan up accordingly.

  3. Sir, I want to go to valley in July is it right time .Give detail information . We are 2 persons. Tell me detail package

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