A beautiful valley of flower with an area of 3300 mt to 3650 mt is a paradise for nature lovers. About 6 km from Bhundhari village covers an area of about 87 square km. The valley is rich in rich flowers and has the largest collection of wildflowers. The Pushpawati River flows into a lush valley. The valley blooms with unusual flowers from June, July to early September. Animal such as the Himalayan black bears, musk deer, brown bears, Bharals and a rich variety of birds and butterflies are found in this National Park.
Highlights of the Valley of Flowers National Park tour: –
- The famous temples of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath and Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib, Confluences, Crystal Clear Lake, Verdant Valley, Snow clapped in the Himalayan peaks and many more.
- A low-rise trek with caves, open views, and bright colours. Amazing natural diversity.
- Snow-capped peaks, sighing waterfalls, lush meadows and the vibrant colours of wildflowers.
- Unusual ideas of ancient local culture.
The Best Time to Visit the Valley:-
June and July: During these months one can enjoy spectacular waterfalls and glaciers in the flower valley. The great advantage of visiting this month is that it will be very small so that it does not rain and the flowers almost start to bloom.
August and September: As the snow begins to melt in May and new plants begin to sprout and grow until August. One can see many flowers in bloom until mid-August. The best time to see the highest number of flowers is in August and September one can say that this is the last month to visit the flower valley. Plants and flowers begin to wither and lay their seeds in the ground the following season.
Where is the Valley of Flowers: –
The Valley of Flowers National Park is India’s national park, located high in the western Himalayas. It is famous for its mountain flower beds and the variety of plants found there. It is located in the province of Uttarakhand. The area is rich in diversity and is home to rare and endangered species, including the black Asian bear, the snow leopard, the brown bear, and the green sheep. The soft terrain of the Valley of Flowers National Park coincides with the Inanda Devi National Park in the eastern foothills. Together they form a distinct transition zone between the Zanskar mountains and the Great Himalayas. The park expands to an area of 87.50 km². The park has been on the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.
How Can You Reach the Valley of Flowers Trek?
From Delhi, you can take a bus or train to Rishikesh and catch a 268-kilometre Govindghat bus that takes about 9 to 10 hours to get there. You can also drive from Delhi to Govindghat for about 500km. From Govindghat which is a small area near Joshimath where the journey begins. From Govindghat you have to share a taxi for up to 4 km and walk 10 km to reach Ghangharia. Gwangaria is a key component of the Valley of Flowers Trek. This journey from Govindghat to Ghaongharia is a common route to the Flower Valley and the Sikh shrine of Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. From Ghangharia is about 7 km of the hike to reach the Valley.
A Quick Itenary:-
Drive from Rishikesh to Govindghat
Driving distance: 269 km | Duration Duration: 11 hours drive from Rishikesh.
The destination is Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh at 5:00 AM. The cab costs Rs 7,500 per car for an SUV and Rs 10,500 for a Tempo Traveler.
Drive from Govindghat to Poolna. Journey to Gwangaria
Driving distance: 4 km | Duration Duration: 1 hour
Travel distance: 9 km | Duration of travel: 5-6 hours Altitude gain: 6,215 ft to 10,520 ft
A short drive followed by a steep incline along the river. The trail is well laid out as many travellers and pilgrims often visit the trail.
Ghangaria to the Flower Valley and back
Travel distance: 3.7 km round trip | Travel Time: 6 hours | Altitude gain: 10,520 ft to 11,550 ft
A fruitful trek to the Valley of Flowers, with flowers blooming on both sides of the trail.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back
Travel distance: 6 km round trip | Travel Time: 8-9 hours | Altitude gain: 10,520 ft to 14,107 ft
A series of continuous switchbacks climb to Hemkund Sahib. The gurudwara and lake at the top are a good reward for a challenging climb.
The journey from Gwangaria to Poolna. Call Govind Ghat
Travel distance: 9 km | Travel Time: 4 hours | Altitude Loss: 10,520 ft to 6,215 ft
Driving distance: 4 km | Driving Time: 30 minutes
A quick descent to Poolna, followed by a drive to Govind Ghat
Day 6: Drive from Govind Ghat-Rishikesh
Driving distance: 269 km | Driving Time: 9-10 hours
Thecost for cabs & suv is Rs 7,500 & for tempo traveller is Rs 10,500.