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.

 

Valley of flowers

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Pros

  • Best for natiure lovers.
  • Seven to eight days are required from Haridwar
  • Trip includes Auli, Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath and Mana village tour

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

  1. Hello Sir/Mam, We are looking forward to visit Valley of Flowers in a day or two. Is it open now a days? Please reply asap. Thank You.

  2. Hello,
    I want to visit Hemkunt Sahib & Valley of flowers both, I have been to Hemkunt Sahib 2-3 times.
    Can I join you guys directly tat Gobind Dham/Ghangaria?
    How much will it cost & would 1 day be enough to cover it?

  3. Hello Sir/Mam, We are looking forward to visit Valley of Flowers in a day or two. Is it open now a days? Please reply asap. Thank You.

    • Hello Ma’am

      The detailed itinerary and other information have been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Thanks !

    • Hello Sir,

      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly have a look. All the other information have also been provided to you.
      Thanks !

    • Hello Chirag,

      The detailed itinerary along with all other information have been sent to you. Kindly check.
      Revert with your response on the same.
      Thanks !

    • Hello Pooja,
      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Contact us in case of any query.
      Thanks

  4. Hello sir
    Sir I wanna come valley of flower in April month or in may
    Is this time good
    What things I can see in the month April n may

    • Hello Nidhy,

      I would like to inform you that Valley of Flowers get open on June 1st till initial days of October. The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Thank you !!

  5. Dear Sir,
    I am planning to visit Valley of flowers along with my friend. As we both are ladies of 50yrs of age. How do you plan to help us to go to the valley and what do you charge for it.
    We are healthy and energetic. Can we travel/ trek to the valley.
    Please let me know
    Sara Khalid

    • This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. You can check with your mail. If interested this year, Kindly contact.
      Thank you !!

  6. Hi, We are getting lot of weather warning for Uttarakhand in media. Are these correct? What is the situation now? is it safe for travelling in 2nd week of Aug’16?

    • Hello Mahendra Ji
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check. Situations are fine and you can join this year if interested. Do contact.
      Thank you !!

  7. Hi Devkant and Sonia,
    Its almost a year since i had the opportunity to visit valley of flowers. The memories are still strong and the mountains are calling again. I want to THANK YOU for the opportunity, it would have not been possible without you. Your services and customer services were excellent. I am quiet impressed with the way you handled the communication and arrangements. The trip meant a lot to me and once again THANKS for making it happen.
    Regards
    Venu

    • Hello Nandita
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  8. Hi

    We are interested for visiting Valley of FLowers in the month of August. Is it safe and do the rainfalls effect the travel. What maximum days we can plan for VOF. Please let us know the cost per person. What minimum number of persons we require for the specific tour guide for us.

    • Hello Rahul Ji,

      We have mailed you a detailed itinerary along with the answers for your queries. Please check.

      Thank You!!

  9. Need a tour plan regarding vof , hemkund and badrinath.please share the details like cost per person, stay and fooding. Also can we trek in the new route to vof as published in the internet.please help.

    • Hello Sir,
      We have mailed you a detailed itinerary for the valley of flowers and other near by places trip. The new route to the Vof is very difficult so we do not recommend that trek.
      Thank You!!

    • Hi there,
      We are a group of 7 people, planning for a trip to uttarakhand and exploring Valley of flowers. It would be really helpful if you could provide me with itenary and suggest me other places we can explore. We have around 7 days of time and want to make the most of it..
      Thanks

      • Hello Akshat Ji,
        A detailed itinerary for the Valley of Flowers and near by places is sent to you. Please check.

  10. Hi,

    I am visiting Joshimath in first week of May-2016. Is there any chance I can do valley of flowers trek ( even though there may not be much flowers then) in one day?

    • Hi Sheetal,
      Valley of flowers opens on 1st June every year. You need minimum of three days to visit valley of flowers from Joshimath. So not possible to go to valley of flowers in May.

  11. Hi I'm planning to visit valley of flowers for next year that is 2016 so please can u let me know the details. 

    We are from Bangalore so please let us know the travel details from Bangalore thank you so much.

    • Hello Mam,

      A detailed itinerary mail has been sent to you.

      From Bangalore you can take a flight up to Dehradun or Delhi. From Dehradun Haridwar is 52 Kms away. So either you can take a bus or taxi. From Delhi Haridwar is 209 kms away. From there you can hire a taxi or a you can take a tain or bus. Janshatabadi is the train timing is 3:30pm or you can take bus directly from ISBT Kashmiri gate to Haridwar. From Haridwar our trip starts and for that i have already sent you a detailed mail.

      We have recently announced our departures to Valley of Flowers for 2016 :-

      • 02 Jul, 2016 to Jul 09, 2016
      • 03 Jul, 2016 to 10 Jul, 2016
      • 09 Jul, 2016 to 16 Jul, 2016
      • 10 Jul, 2016 to 17 Jul, 2016
      • 16 Jul, 2016 to 23 Jul, 2016
      • 17 Jul, 2016 to 24 Jul, 2016
      • 23 Jul, 2016 to 30 Jul, 2016
      • 24 Jul, 2016 to 31 Jul, 2016
      • 30 Jul, 2016 to 06 Aug, 2016
      • 31 Jul, 2016 to 07 Aug, 2016
      • 06 Aug, 2016 to 13 Aug, 2016
      • 07 Aug, 2016 to 14 Aug, 2016
      • 13 Aug, 2016 to 20 Aug, 2016
      • 14 Aug, 2016 to 21 Aug, 2016
      • 20 Aug, 2016 to 27 Aug, 2016
      • 21 Aug, 2016 to 28 Aug, 2016
      • 27 Aug, 2016 to 03 Sep, 2016
      • 28 Aug, 2016 to 04 Sep, 2016
      • Hello Parmod Ji,

        A detailed itinerary is sent to you. Auli is already included in the package. The weather will be around 10-15degree C.

        Thank You!!

  12. We two senior male &able citizens want to visit valley of flowers at august I septumber juncture,2015.is it possible?

  13. How is the weather right now in the valley.. I have heard news of landslides and cloud bursting in the adjoining areas.. Is it safe to visit the valley in next few days

  14. Hi Devkant,

    Lovely pictutres and attractive place. Thanks for sharing all the latest updates and photos.

    I'm joining this trek on 8th Aug and want to return back on 14th as i have a flight to catch on 15th noon. Just wanted to know the approx cost of travelling back alone from Govindghat to Dehradun as i will be traveling alone.

    And also, would you be able to help me out in booking the stay for one night in Dehradun (14th aug).

     

    Thanks,

    Harshal

    9769586775

     

     

     

    • Hello Sir,

      You can come back by taking a bus from Govindghat to Rishikesh. Then you can continue your journey to Dehradun. It’ll be costing you around Rs. 500.

      Sorry but we dont arrange stays in Dehradun sir so you need to arrange it on your own.

      • Thaks for the reply. Just last concern, can you please tell me how many solo travelers are there in this group as I'm in a mixed mind of coming alone as one my friends who was about to come along just backed out at the last moment due to some personal reasons. And if everyone is coming in groups then i would like to reconsider.

        Thanks,

        Harshal

  15. HI Mr Devkant

    Hope you remember me. Have been missing the tour for last three years for reasons  you are aware. Kindly let me know the current situation weather/rain wise. Time running out for me. Desparately want to visit at earliest

    C S Subramanian

    • Hello Sir,

      Definitely you can come with us. The wooden bridge that got washed off due to heavy rains had fixed already. Kindly contact us on +91 9991142759.

  16. How successful has been the trip of yours valley of flowers this week  , Is there any natural calamity due to rain fall ?

     

  17. Hi,

    I am visiting VOF in July 20th, 2015. Is there chances of heavy rain there at that time.

    Regards

     Shivaji

  18. PLEASE KEEP THE NEW FOLDER OF PICTURES OF TREK OF 2015.

    IT WOULD HELP THE VIEWRS FOR EASY VIEWING FOR RECENT PICTURES AND REVIEWS.

    THANKS.

    J.R.VACHHANI

    VADODARA

  19. hallo, sir… i want to know that…we r two females…want to join in trekking schedule of ur 23rd august….so this tour is included a spare day of valley of flowers or not….and we also want to visit the badrinath temple….badrinath temple site is included in ur economic package !! and if not…thn can u arrange the trip of badrinath…and what its total cost….please give me the schedule of date and time… so we can join and can book our tickets….

     

    • A detailed mail has been sent to you.

      We wil be taking you to Valley of Flowers for 2 days, Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath are also included in the trip.
       

  20. Hi,

    Devakant Ji

    My self Ashok planed visit Badrinth and while comming back planned to stay at vally of flowers in this regard

    I have got some queries as below.

    1) Can we stay in self campaign Tent at Vally of flowers?

    2) Please advice us regarding food fecility available at Vally of flowers?

    Please advice us in this regard,

    Thanks & Regards,

    ASHOK.R.

     

    • Hello Sir,

      We dont provide stay in Camps in Ghangaria. Once you reach Ghangaria we can provide you meals. We provide you excellent meals; quality will be at par with a good restaurant in a metro city. Our customers always compliment us for our quality meals.

  21. DEAR SIR,WE ARE IN 12TH JULY DEPARTURE BATCH.

    I WANT TO SEE THE WEEK WISE PRESENT PICTURES OF VALLEY.

    CAN YOU POST THEM IF POSSIBLE?

    IF YOU DO SO , IT WOULD BE GREAT!

    THANKS.

     

  22. Hello Mr. Devkant

    Thank you for such a detailed description on all apsects of the trip one may want to know.

    We are three people planning for 1st week of August 2015. We can reach Haridwar at 2:30AM on 1st August. I understand your package includes price for stay in Haridwar which we are not availaing. Please let me know the revised pricce in that case.

  23. Hi Dev

    we are five person (from Delhi) and planning to visit valley of flower and Hemkund Sahib in first week of July I.e 1 to 6 July. pl. advice how can you help me.

    also advice whether it is advisable to take taxi from Delhi to Ghangaria or we should take it from Haridwar.

    thanks

    Vikas

     

  24. Hi,

    we are also planning to come to that place in July including towards Auli, Hemkunt Sahib and Badrinath also. Can you help us with this?

    Thanks

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