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.

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

Pushpawati river bed is 6 kilometers in the Valley of Flowers. You can see the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is due to a colony of a beautiful flower Epilobium Latifolium or we can call it River Beauty also.
Pushpawati river bed is 8 kilometers from the entry gate. You can see the pink shade on the river bed . This pink shade is due to a colony of a beautiful flower Epilobium Latifolium or we can call it River Beauty also.

Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

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 mts 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.

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.

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.

It 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.

Valley of flowers opens on 1st June every year and closes on 4th October, but the valley remained closed for public in 2013 after the floods in June 2013 till 4th October, 2014 as the trek between Ghangaria and Valley of Flowers 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)

It 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 valley of flowers 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 Valley of Flower 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.
Huge Glaciers are found in Valley of Flower 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

June Flowers Gallery

Valley of Flowers in July

At this time Valley of Flowers color 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.
At this time Valley of Flowers color 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 August

As time passes the plants in Valley of Flowers get mature and you can see lesser number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning color to yellowish green/peach.
As time passes the plants in Valley of Flowers get mature and you can see lesser number of flowers are visible. Leaves of the plants starts turning color to yellowish green/peach.

Valley of Flowers in September

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

Valley of flowers in October.

Valley of Flower is snow clad in October.
Snowfall starts in the month of October and the Valley is closed for general public.

Valley of flowers entry fee.

Entry fee for Valley of Flowers

Entry Fee for Valley of Flowers

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.DesciptionIndian (in Rupees)Foreigner (in Rupees)
1.Entrance Fee (in Rs.) Per Head for first Three Days150600
For additional each day50250
2.Camera Fee
Still Camera (Non-Professional)FreeFree
Still Camera (Professional)FreeFree
Movie-Video (Non-Professional)FreeFree
Movie-Video (Professional)5001,500
3.Filming Charges
Feature Film Per Day100,000200,000
Documentry Film Per Day10,00030,000
4.Securit for above
Feature Film Per Day100,000200,000
Documentry Film Per Day50,000100,000

We organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers. to visit Valley of Flowers kindly fill in your contact details on “contact us” form. we will contact you soon

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.

Epilobium Latifolium in deeper parts of Valley of Flowers
Epilobium Latifolium in deeper parts
Tipra Glacier seen from Valley of flowers
Pictures taken in July Last week

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

  1. Hi…We are a group.of 5-7 people from NCR…We are looking for someone who can take care of all the arrangements with best facilities possible….
    Please contact

  2. I am looking for a trip to valley of flowers and this visit is a surprise for my partner.. but i want to travel on specific date if possible.. and if i want to travel by my own car till what point we can travel what is the best deal you can offer or idea you can give us.

    • A detailed general itinerary is sent to you, kindly send us your phone number so that we can discuss about the plan.

  3. If entrance time is 7am
    Then when we start treking ??
    I m planning to come here at july is this good time ??

  4. I want to visit valley of flowers 11/6/2017 sunday kindly send me itenary and charges with accommodation hotel booking,transport from dehradun and guide fees etc for four persons.

  5. Hi,
    Planning a couple visit there on 29th June, 2017.
    Please share itinerary and suggest how many days are enough.

  6. Hello, we are four people want to visit valley of flower in mid August . Can you please send me the detailed itineries with accommodations options and tour cost.We would like to spend a extra day at valley of flowers.

  7. Please send me details along with my kids age 6 and 8. Also tell me what to carry and trek schedule. I will be there for 2-4 days.

  8. Please share me detail about the trip I am from Gujarat, Ahmedabad, and if i am solo traveler what will be the suggested time, are you providing any camp plan or group plan?

  9. Please share the detailed itinerary for Valley of flowers for the month of August.
    Also let me know when is the best time to visit VOF.

    Regards,
    Rajni

  10. I have gone to valley of flowers and Hemkund sahib just few days back. Although i was not able see the flowers because of the off season, but the trekking was amazing. So close to the nature, all the ice covered mountains, waterfalls, the sound of water , all the different plants and their history aside. Taste different kinds of berries (only those which were supposed to be eaten). The beauty of valley of flowers is the path by which we go. We can feel everything, the running water, smell of different plants and soil and look over the beautiful sky and mountain. Next time i will be going in on season. Thank you for sharing the world experience with us.

  11. Please share the detailed itinerary for Valley of Flowers.
    Also let me know when is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers.

    Regards,
    Kinshuk

    • Hi Sir,
      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Please check and revert. Valley of Flowers is in full bloom in July and will be in full bloom till August end.

  12. I along with my wife Mrs. Sharda Garodia would like to visit Valley of Flower along with Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath & Kedarnath. We plan to reach Haridwar on 15th August 2018 morning and reach back Haridwar on 19th August 2017 evening to catch the train for New Delhi for onward fly to Kolkata. Would the five day would be sufficient or do we need to increase one or two day. We would like you to arrange all the Conveyance and Stay arrangement at each location. Please suggest & Help.

    Regards

    • Hi Sir,
      Valley of flowers trip needs minimum 5 days ex-Haridwar, another 3 days for Kedarnath so trip cannot be done between 15th of Aug to 19th of Aug

    • Hi,
      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you, Please check and revert. Valley of flowers opens by 1st June every year.

  13. Hi
    We will be visiting valley of flowers on August 12. Please let us know how many days it takes and what are the places covered and also how much does it cost

    • Hi Sir,
      A detailed itineray has been sent to you, Please go through it and revert. Please provide us your contact no so that we can discuss about the trip.

    • Hi Mam,
      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you.Best time to visit valley of flowers is in the month of July and August.

  14. Hello! Could you mail a detailed itenary.
    We are planning in July.
    And the places and hill stations nearby that can be covered in the same trip
    And how far is it from shimla and hrishikesh

    • Hi,
      Shimla could not be merged with this place. This is very far from Shimla. A detailed itinerary is sent to you. The other destinations that can be covered in this trip are Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath, Mana village and Auli. Please feel free to contact us back for any further information.

  15. Hi..
    Although I’m planning to visit there in summer in 2019, not this year, still I would like a detailed itinerary from guwahati, Assam just to have an idea. Will you be able to help?

    • A detailed itinerary starting from Haridwar is sent to you. Form Guwahati you need to come to Haridwar by train / air.

  16. Hii… I am planning to go in July 2018.
    Let me know how to reach there..whats the nearest airport? and the shortest mode to reach from Kolkata.

    I will have my mother with me who is a senior citizen. Whats the facility available for her to enjoy the valley of flowers without much trouble and hectic.

    Regards

    • Hi Sir,
      Valley is closed in the month of May. Valley opens in June and closes in the end of September. A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Please go through it and revert.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  17. I am a senior citizen 65 years old. Can I go for trekking in Valley of Flowers. Are there medical support available if needed.

    SR

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  18. I m planning to travel in July 2018 please send me an itenary. I have only 3 days . So will it be okay?

    • Hello Sir, The Valley of flowers trek required minimum 6 Days. We have sent you a detailed itinerary for the same, if you want more information you can call us on 9991242759.

  19. Please send me the Itinerary… I would like to visit in the month of July. I am from Pune, Maharashtra. Wanted to know can Valley of Flowers can be done in one day? and are there any near by places to visit there?

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it. For more information you can call us on 9991242759 or drop a message so that we can discuss over phone for the Trek.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it. For more information you can call us on 9991242759 or drop a message so that we can discuss over phone for the Trek.

  20. Please send me the itinary if your detailed packages since I am planning to visit between 10th to 15th of July 18.

      • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information

  21. Hi,

    I and my friend are planning on a Uttarakhand trip in the firat week of September. Is it the right time to visit Valley of flowers? If yes, could you please send me the detailed itinerary?

    • Hello Mam, The valley of flowers is open from June first week on-wards till September end only. You can plan for the trek accordingly.

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