Best time to visit Valley of Flowers, Uttrakhand.
Valley of Flowers is snow clad for most of the year and it becomes accessible only in the month of June. Officially Valley of Flowers opens First June every year. It is very important to know the best time to visit valley of flowers. Valley of Flowers is always beautiful. It depends upon your taste that what you would like to see.
Valley of Flowers in different Seasons.
Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful natural wonder. It changes very rapidly with time. So it is very important to know the best time to visit Valley of Flowers. At time people asks about going to Valley of Flowers in January. It seems funny for them who know that this is not the right time to visit Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers is snow clad for most of the year and is accessible only from June to September. It means we have only four months in a year to visit Valley of Flowers. It means nature has only four months to complete its cycle at Valley of Flowers. Snow starts melting in April and the seeds put down by plants last year start germinating. By June first week when Valley of Flowers is opened for public you see some small plants and very few flowers. As time passes more and more variety comes and you see different colors of flowers and the valley.
Best time to visit valley of flowers can be divided into following parts.
- Valley of Flowers in June
- Valley of Flowers in July
- Valley of Flowers in second half of August
- Valley of Flowers in September
Best time to visit Valley of flowers. :
Valley of Flowers in June
This is the time when snow starts melting rapidly and small plants starts growing and glaciers keeps on melting. By the end of June the Valley of Flowers is reaching towards its youth and starts changing its color from white to green with new flowers keep on coming on daily basis.
This is the time when you see very less number of flowers and lot of glaciers. If you want to see lot of flowers in the valley, June is not the right time to visit. Moreover June is holiday season in India and therefore the peak season for Hemkund Sahib Pilgrims and therefore the base camp village is too much crowded by Sikh Pilgrims. Even the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is filled up with lot of people, ponies and porters. The Valley of flowers trek is full of ice during this time.
Below is video showing the scenes of the Valley of Flowers in JuneLess Flowers and more glaciers. Best time to visit valley of flowers.
Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers in June:
- It rains very less in June and so there is no disturbance while trekking. There are fewer landslides on your road journey between Haridwar and Govindghat.
- If you are fond of seeing lot of Glaciers and snow it is a good time to visit the Valley of Flowers.
Best time to visit valley of flowers: Valley of Flowers in July:-
This is the time when Valley of Flowers is in full bloom and will be in full bloom till August end. You will find lots of greenery and flowers everywhere in the Valley of Flowers. If you are fond of watching glaciers you should go in earlier weeks of July(Latest by 15th July). Please watch our pictures of glaciers taken in Valley of Flowers. Most of these pictures are taken in the first and second week of July.
By July the monsoon starts in northern India. The huge glaciers you saw in the month of June melts to half of its original size but still you can see lot of glaciers on the banks of river Pushpawati and small torrents. Sometimes it also happens that these small torrents are semi frozen that is they cannot be walked over and neither a temporary bridge can be made over it. So you may get stuck at some point in the middle of the valley and from their you may not go further. But definitely you will see huge colonies of Golden Lily, Anemone Tetrasepla and Geraniums. You will also see a very beautiful and very rear flower called ladies slipper Orchid. But it is so rare that you won’t spot it unless you know it’s location.
Valley of Flowers as seen in Mid July. The pink shade on the river bed is Epilobium Latifolium. This flower looks very beautiful and is found on river banks. You can see our gallery on deeper parts of Valley of Flowers to see more very beautiful pictures of Deeper parts of Valley of Flowers.
During this time the Valley of Flowers is in its full-bloom. You will see maximum number of flowers and some small glaciers till July end. By maximum number of flowers we mean maximum in terms of variety and quantity both. During this one-month also the valley changes very rapidly. The variety of flowers which is available during third week of
July may not be available in August 1 week. But all in all the total number of flowers is maximum during this time. For example in third week of July you will see a good number of geraniums it paints the valley in violet colour but by second week of August the geraniums mature and the valley is filled by Impatians Davendre. It paints the valley in pink
colour. So you can say the valley changes colour almost every day due to change in the variety of flowers or came in the leaves colour or due to change in weather (for eight months valley is full of snow and remains white in colour). We have seen the valley almost every day of four months in which it is accessible. One important thing that most of the people are more concerned about going to Valley of Flowers and gives less to preference to Hemkund Sahib. But we tell you that there are some beautiful flowers which are available at Hemkund Sahib and not even in Valley of Flowers as there is a height in defence of about 1000 m in valley and Hemkund Sahib. You can see Bistorta Affinis, Braham Kamals and Blue Poppies at Hemkund Sahib.
Following in one of the picture of our deeper parts gallery on Valley of Flowers . You can have a look on the gallery to see more such pictures.
Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers during July first half
- During this time you can see lot of flowers along with glaciers. So it is good time for people want to see some glaciers as well as flowers .
- Since the holiday season in northern India is over by 30th of June the peak season for Hemkund Sahib is also over by 30th of June. So Ghangaria village is less crowded as compared to June month.
Best time to visit valley of flowers : Valley of Flowers in August:
With the passage of time different type of flowers keeps coming and going as per their turn. After a good experience you can find the exact flowering time for each type of flower. There are some flowers which bloom only for a week or so. For example you will find Ladies Slipper Orchid flower mainly in first week of July. You will find maximum number of flowers till mid August and slowly number of flowers will reduce and the plants start maturing and die but not before dropping their valuable seeds for the next year. The color of the valley starts turning from Greenish to yellowish peach. Please watch the picture below of August last week.
During this time the flowers get converted into seeds slowly but still you can see a good number of flowers and the shade of the valley starts changing from lush green color to yellowish green color. You can see some berries and flowers as well. Most of the glaciers melt by this time.
Valley of Flowers in September.
This is the time when most of the flowers are matured and you see more berries than flowers. You can see some flowers at Hemkund Sahib and they are really very beautiful we have put some pictures taken at Hemkund Sahib. This is not the best time to see flowers in the valley but during this time generally the sky is clear and the peaks are snowclad again. You can see some of the pictures taken by us during September.
This is the last month when you have an access to Valley of Flowers. The number of flowers reduced, but the color of the valley will change in a dramatic way as you can see in the picture below. Soon there will be snow fall and the plants and seeds will be buried deep under the snow. The seeds will again germinate in next year and the cycle will continue. As rainy season gets over by the end of August so the valley is accessible through out without disruption.
Following are some of the pictures taken in Valley of Flowers during September month.
During September most of the flowers convert into berries.
Valley of Flowers in October:
Snowfall starts in October and the valley is closed officially for general public.