Valley of flowers opening date 2021

So finally the Valley of flowers opening date 2021 is finalized, it is opening on 1st July 2021. The senior forest department officials went to the valley of flowers and returned back to Joshimath. Special thanks to the DFO (Divisional forest officer) Mr N. B. Sharma for providing us the pictures of the valley of flowers. This is the first time someone has gone inside the valley in 2021. Due to Covid 19 the char Dham, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers was kept closed. But now the valley of flowers will open on 1st July 2021.

Valley of flowers is opening on 1st July 2021

DFO N.B.Sharma
DFO N. B. Sharma Ji with his team inside the valley of flowers in 2021.

Option 1

Two days for Valley of Flowers
  • Total no of days ex Haridwar : 7 Days
  • Departure Saturday and Sunday
  • Ends on Friday and Saturday

Option 2

Two Days for Valley of Flowers, with Auli and Gorson Top

  • Auli and Gorson Top for one day
  • Total no of days ex Haridwar : 8 Days
  • Departure every Saturday ends on Saturday

Blue Poppy holidays organize tours to the valley of flowers and have Blue Poppy Swiss cottage camps at Ghangaria and Blue Poppy Resorts in Auli. Both these properties will be available for the trip to valley of flowers. The camps will be erected soon.

Mr N.B Sharma told that there are around 45 different types of flowers available currently in the valley. This is really good news for nature lovers who wanted to visit the valley of flowers and were waiting since 2019.

Forest Officials inside the valley of flowers
Forest

Forest Officials inside the valley of flowers

Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear

Times of India paper showing the valley of flowers opening date 2021

Times of India paper showing the valley of flowers opening date 2021

News paper cutting for valley of flowers opening news 2021

Tourists need to bring Covid -19 report which should not be older than 72 hours, they can bring RTPCR/TRUNET/CBNAAT/RAT Covid negative report. The director of Valley of Flowers Amit Kanwar said, we expect the tourists to behave as per Covid 19 guidelines.

Is Valley of flowers open now ?

Yes valley of flowers is open from today 1st July, 2021

Can senior citizens visit the valley of flowers ?

Senior Citizens in Valley of flowers read this post.

What is the minimum age to visit valley of flowers ?

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers, Whether kids can be taken for Valley of flowers trek. Please read this post

What is Valley of flowers opening date 2021

1st July, 2021

How to reach Auli from Joshimath in winters when road is blocked by snow.

How to reach Auli from Joshimath

How to reach Auli from Joshimath : Joshimath to Auli is 13 km by road. Normally the road to Auli from Joshimath is open throughout the year except in Jan and Feb month when the snowfall may block the road to Auli from Joshimath.

What are the ways to reach Auli in winters.

  • Rope-way
  • Hire a local 4 x4 vehicle
  • Trek

Rope-way

It is most commonly used mean of transport from Auli to Joshimath in winters. You will enjoy the ride as well as reach the hotel in Auli.

There are  two type of people taking the rope-way to Auli.

  • People making day trip to Auli.
  • People staying overnight in a hotel in Auli.

There are lot of people who are making day trip to Auli from Joshimath. Getting a ticket of rope-way is very difficult for them. Rope-way takes approx 25-30 people in one ride, and take approx 30 minutes to reach Auli.

So in the morning everyone is going up for day trip and in the evening all these people are coming down. This means that in the evening people who want to go to Auli and stay there will easily get the ticket. In the same way on the date when they want to come down they will easily get slot to come down in the morning.

People coming to stay in Blue poppy resorts in Auli want to come by rope-way from Joshimath.

You need to get down at tower no 8 at Auli and take chair car to reach down to Lower tower point (LTP) at GMVN Auli. From here Blue poppy resorts is just 100 meter away. You can call the staff for your luggage.

Hire a local 4 x4 vehicle.

You should preferably try to reach Joshimath by 2 pm in winters so as to catch the rope-way. But if you miss the rope-way due to any reason. You may reach Auli by hiring a 4 by 4 vehicle. But that may cost you Rs. 1500 – Rs. 2500 or even sometime Rs. 3000 depending upon the timings and demand and supply.

If there is huge amount of snow on the road this service may not be available.

How to reach Auli from Joshimath : By hiring local 4x4 vehicle. The road condition in Feb 2020
How to reach Auli from Joshimath : By hiring local 4×4 vehicle. The road condition in Feb 2020

Trek to Auli from Joshimath.

You can drive up to the point which is motor able and start walking towards Auli. Normally last 4-5 km is snow covered. This is cheapest way to come to Auli from Joshimath. But carrying your luggage may be a problem.

Trekking between Auli and Joshimath is quite frequent in winters when the road is blocked
Trekking between Auli and Joshimath is quite frequent in winters when the road is blocked

Valley of flowers tour package of this season is already announced. Please check them too.

How To Reach Valley Of Flowers From Auli?

Auli is known as the skiing destination of India. It is a known Himalayan ski resort dotted with apple orchards and pine trees. Valley of Flowers national park rests in the north of Auli.

Step 1 : Getting from Auli to Govindghat.

Auli to Valley of Flowers is not an entirely motor able route. The motorable journey starting from Auli comes to an end at Govindghat. It is 36 km long, and you can go via bus, hire a private taxi or take your vehicle. En route, you will cross holy place Joshimath. Moreover, the journey offers you various places to explore besides Joshimath such as Vishnuprayag. Even if you don’t stop to give time to any of these places, you can always enjoy the scenic beauty and lush green landscape from the windows.

Step 2 : Getting from Govindghat to Ghangaria

You can stay at Govindghat for a day or enjoy the place for a few hours before beginning your journey for the base camp of Valley of Flowers, Ghangaria.

Ghangaria is 14 km from the Govindghat. It stands at an altitude of 10200 ft (3049 meters) in northern Himalayan ranges. The first 4 km is motor-able till village Pulna; however, you are not allowed to take a private taxi or any of your vehicle. You can choose one of the Tata Sumos run by the locals. Another option is to trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat. The vehicle will take you to the Pulna village from where you will start your journey to the Ghangaria. There are four options to choose from when it comes to reaching Ghangaria from the village.

From Pulna to Ghangaria you can reach by following ways.

1. Trekking

You can continue your trek which you started from Govindghat, or you can begin the same after deboarding the Sumo. It is a 10 km track, and it will take around 5-6 hours to reach Ghangaria via this mode. If you are an adventure junkie, and enjoys your journey as much as the destination, trekking is indeed for you. The trail is moderate. White waterfalls against the mountain are a delight to watch and trekking along Pushpawati river is a whole new experience.

2. Using Pony / Horse

It is hard to imagine mountains without horses and mountain boys, and this brings me to the second option. These are mountain SUV’s You will find pack string of horses run by mountain boys. This option is a little faster from tracking (as you will reach early). One way cost for one person remains INR 800-INR 1000.

3. Palanquin

Four palanquin bearers carrying a child or an old person is a common view. You too can choose and let the porters carry you. This service costs INR 6000 to INR 8000, one person, one way.

4. Helicopter

This is, of course, the fastest option. Just a few minutes and the 10 kms will be covered. However, this advantage comes with many ifs and buts. Firstly, weather conditions have to be favorable for helicopters to operate. Secondly, there is no pre booking option, and the service is rendered on the first come first serve basis. And usually, there is too much crowd and waiting lines are quite long. If a helicopter is your plan A, then it should always be backed by another plan(s).

It is advisable to wait for helicopter till 10 am. If you don’t get it by then, quickly choose any of the above three options as after a point of time you will be left with no choice but have to cover the track on your feet.

Helicopter service ranges between INR 3000- INR 3500 between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Step 3 : Ghangaria To Valley of Flowers

The ticket counter at Ghangaria for Valley of Flowers open at 7 in the morning. On the route of Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers, no vehicle or mules allowed. Therefore, you can either trek or take the service of palanquin and porters.

This trail is not moderate, and on the first day of 2-day Valley of Flower trip, 80% of the people manage to reach only the tip of Valley of Flower. Baman Daur, a big stone, situated at 3 km from the entrance gate of the Valley of Flower is actually the tip of the valley. In other words, the 86 square kms valley, starts from Baman Daur.

If you start your journey around 7 am, you can reach the gate by noon. It takes time as whatever you see on your way to Valley is worth clicking pictures. Moreover, the first day is kept to enjoy the trek.

There is no option for accommodation in Valley of Flowers. Therefore, the return journey to Ghangaria is suggested to resume by 1:30 pm.

Blue Poppy Holidays is few of the traveling agency that prepares two-day Valley of Flower itinerary.

The second day is reserved entirely for the valley. If you begin the trek around the same time as mentioned for the previous day, you will reach Baman Daur around 10 in the morning. On the second day, it will be only about reaching the destination as you must have rejoiced the trek on its first day.

The route from Baman Daur is neither too steep nor too low. It’s easy to cover 5 km from Baman stone is Pushpawati riverbed. And as you go deeper into the national park, there are many things to relish upon. You can bask in the glory of unending meadows laden with alpine flowers. The snow-capped Ratban Parvat and Nar Parvat separating Valley from Badrinath can be clearly seen from here. On the right side of the hills stands Birch forest. And at whichever corner you will set your eyes upon, you will realize that Valley is like a colorful carpet made from exotic flowers.

You can take our Valley of flowers tour packages 2019 for hassle free trip to valley of flowers.