VALLEY OF FLOWERS
ABOUT THE PLACE

Tucked inside Garhwal Himalaya in Uttaranchal, this flowery kingdom comes to life for a very brief period between July and August. The 87-sq-km area placed at the height of 3,2006,675 meters is flooded with almost 300 species of flower plants, medicinal herbs and orchids during the monsoon. For the rest of the year the valley remains hidden beneath thick layers of snow. The northern end of the valley is guarded by the snowy mountains Nilgiri, Saptashringa and Rataban. The Pushpavati River originating from a glacier in Ghori Mountain cuts across the valley. The valley has been accorded the status of a national park in the year 1982. Among the more commonly seen plants here are geraniums, potentilas, primulas, buttercups; orchids like the lady's slipper, the rare blue poppy and Brahma Kamal.

HOW TO REACH

The Valley of Flowers is about 4 km from the nearest hamlet Ghangaria. Govindghat, on the Rishikesh-Badrinath route, is the point where you'll have to get off the vehicle. After crossing a bridge over the Alakananda River, you hit the trail. A gradual climb and nearly 13 km away, is Ghangaria. The climb itself passes through a scenic route.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The flowering season is usually between July 15 and August 15. However, rain and frost may shorten the duration.

ACCOMMODATION

Overnight stay is not permitted inside the valley; hence all visitors have to stay in Ghangaria.

Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Tourist Lodge
Ghangaria,

Ggurudwaras at Ghangaria and Govindghat are open to all. Tourists can stay and eat here free of cost.

Some private hotels are there in Ghangaria which offers double-bedrooms and food at quite a reasonable cost.

Forest Bungalows
Ghangaria and Govindghat
Two suites are available in each bungalow.
Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forest
Nandadevi National Park Forest Division
Joshimath
District: Chamoli
Uttaranchal
Tel: (01389) 222179


TRAVEL TIPS To preserve the pristine forest and its environment some restrictions have been imposed on the visitors. Strict adherence to them is mandatory.

To protect oneself from the heavy downpour of monsoon carrying umbrellas and raincoats is a must.

To facilitate trekking one must carry torch, candles, lighter, walking stick, an extra pair of socks, etc.
To remain healthy in the season of monsoon carry drinking water, ORS, some medicine and dry food along.