The Jewel of Uttarakhand- Valley of Flowers

The valley of Flowers is just like the Jewel of Uttarakhand. It is the dreamland for many trekkers around the nation and world. It is also known as the Nanda Devi National Park. It is situated in the western Himalayas and the exact location is in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Region, Uttarakhand. It is a richly diverse area and also the home of rare Himalayan species like Asiatic Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Brown Bear, and Blue Sheep. The Valley is the most beautiful landscape which you have never experienced before. It is one of the best examples of biodiversity. India’s second-highest peak Nanda Devi Peak(altitude 7,817 meters) dominates the Nanda Devi National Park. 

The other name of Nanda Devi National Park is the Nanda Devi Biosphere reserve and the foundation year is 1982. It was recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Later the area was expanded as Valley of Flowers trek and Nanda Devi. The expanded area is 863.61 square miles as Nanda Devi Biosphere. The buffer zone is 5,148.57 square kilometers.  Apart from the rare animal species, it is also home for  312 species of flora in which 17 are the rare floral species. Here Juniper, Rhododendrons, Birch, and fir are the main floral species. Within the Nanda Devi Sanctuary other peaks, you can see are Devistan I & II, Rishikot.

There are certain rules to visit Valley of Flowers which have to be followed by every visitor there. During the trip to this heavenly valley, the visitors will be entered in a group where a group will be led by an experienced guide. The guide will take you to the trek route so don’t try to invent your own way as there may be chances of facing animals and you may also lose the way. On the first June of every year, the valley is opened for the public or visitors and on 31 October, the park will be closed till next season time.  So the best time to visit the Valley of Flower is June to October. If you want to see the full spectrum of flowers then monsoon is the best time when the whole landscape becomes lush green and flowers remain in bloom.

How to Reach Valley of Flowers

By Road:

To reach the Valley of flowers the best option is by road. From Haridwar and Rishikesh private and government, buses are available. The base point for the valley of flowers is Govindghat. So by taking the bus, you can reach there. It will take 7-8 hrs to reach there.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Rishikesh. The distance between Rishikesh and Govindghat is 273 kilometers.

By Air:

The Jolly Grant Airport is the best suitable and nearest one. From there by hiring a private taxi cab you can reach there.

Things to Carry

  • Dry Fruits and Snacks
  • Woolen Clothes
  • Woolen Socks
  • Woolen Gloves
  • Led Flashlights
  • Identity Proof
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Trekking Bag
  • Camera
  • High Range Camera Lens if you have
  • Extra Batteries for Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • BackpackPermit/License
  • First Aid Kit
  • General Medicine Kit
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Solar Charger
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Small Garbage Collection Bags
  • Water Bottle
  • Thermo Flask

Advisory

  • Do not misbehave at the entrance of the Valley of Flowers or Nanda Devi National Park with the staff. If there is an issue, then sort it out in a gentle way.
  • Try to avoid plastic materials like pouches, polythene bags and other kinds of non-degradable plastic material. In case you have used it during trekking then do not leave it behind and put it in your garbage bag.
  • Try to avoid bad comments on co-travelers. If you face any issues, then notify your team/group leader.
  • If you face any health issues, then tell your team leader immediately.
  • As Shop/ Restaurants are not allowed in the valley, carry some snacks/dry fruits
  • Carry a personal garbage bag with you.
  • Obtain all the permits before the trek commencing. It will save time.
  • Do not indulge in any activity which is against the Law of India.
  • Do not carry any weapon in the valley.
  • with you.
  • Try to avoid activities that harm nature. Be a responsible trekker.
  • Do not use any toxic material during the trip; it may lead you in difficulty.
  • Upon asking you have to show your id-proof authority.
  • Do not make fun of any religious belief.
  • Stick with the group and follow the instructions of the group leader.

It is all about the Valley of Flowers.

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