The amazing valley nestled at an height of 3300 mts to 3650 mts, is the replica of paradise for nature lovers. Commencing from about 6 kms from Bhuindhar village it spreads an area of about 87 square kms. The valley is uniquely rich with flowers, wealth and has the biggest collection of wild flower species. The river Pushpawati gushes through the verdant valley. The valley is filled with exotic flowers from June, July till the start of September. There are about 520 species of flowering plants and the area was announced as a National Park in 1982. Animals like Himalayan black bears, musk deer, brown bears, Bharal and a rich species of birds and butterflies are found living here.
Selection of colours, like purple, yellow, red, blue and white, that looks like a carpet on the valley floor during its full bloom season, the Valley of Flowers National Park in the Garhwal Himalayan region is just as surreal as scenic illustrations in fairy tale books. The bond of nature and human soul, the Valley of Flowers trek is one of the prettiest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region that receives travellers of all ages and genders from all over the world . The major appeal is the blue Primula, which is the most beautiful flower of the entire Himalayan flowers and a sweet sight for your eyes on this beautiful flower during the bloom season that continues from mid July to mid August. Furthermore, the trek goes forward, disclosing from Ghangaria to a mighty height of 4,300 meters to Hemkund Sahib, which is one of the Sikh pilgrimage sites enveloped with mountains. The serene and crystal clear water of the lake that mirrors the enveloping peaks is another major appeal on the Valley of Flowers trek.
Engrossing with natural colours and cresendence among the travellers, the Valley of Flowers Trek effaced from Govindghat, which is almost a 22 kilometers drive from Joshimath. The trail continues along the Alaknanda River to Ghangaria with a soft climb progressing through an evergreen forest that is bountiful with a wide range of Himalayan trees. The trail is tacticaly located with restaurants along the way and is regularly visited by Sikh pilgrims going either way. You would not miss to notice the purity of the trail in spite of being walked by hundreds every day. Thankfully, there are volunteers who tidy the trail on a daily basis. From Ghangaria the trail divides into two. One path forwards to Valley of Flowers and the other to Hemkund Sahib. The trek to Valley of Flowers National Park progresses through different aspects of nature, gushing streams, ridges, forest and stunning sight of towering peaks at a distance. Gradually, the trail leads to a small footway along the side of the valley shadowed by a sharp turn which allows you to explore the unique and colourful nature enclosed within the mountains. A botanist’s haven, photographer’s natural place and setting and pleasure escaper’s paradise, the Valley of Flowers National Park is completely different from any other trekking destination in the Garhwal Himalayan region. One can even walk through the valley for another 5-7 more kms until one witnesses at the glacier, which can be sighted at a distance. The stream gushes all the way through the valley. You can take off your shoes and dip your feet into it to feel the icy cold water.
- Many popular Temples at Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath & Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib, Confluences, Crystal Clear Lake, Verdant Valley, Snow capped Himalayan Peaks.
- Low altitude trek with gaping gorges, extravagant views, vivid colours. Dazzling versions of colours in scenery.
- Snow capped peaks, whispering Waterfalls, lush green meadows & countless colors of wild flowers.
- Unique glimpses of a vintage culture of local people.
- Nights in cozy Hotels
Best time to visit
The best time to do the valley of flowers trek is In June and July. During these months you can enjoy watching waterfalls and mighty glaciers in the valley of flowers. The big addition of visiting in this month is that there will be very less to no rain and flowers will be beginning to bloom.
In August and September, the snow starts melting in May and new plants start germinating and growing till August. You can see a variety of flowers blooming till mid August. The Best time to see the maximum selection of flowers is in August and September. This is the last month for visiting the Valley of Flowers. The plants and flowers are starting to dry up and put their seeds on the earth for the next season.