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Valley of Flowers: The enchanted land

by Shwetha 6 year, 9 months ago

A slice of paradise descends on the valley of Uttaranchal every year and turns the valley into a vibrant display of colors. We bring to you the hidden gem - "Valley of Flowers"

Quick Bite

District: Chamoli, Uttaranchal

How to reach: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, the nearest railhead is Rishikesh 302 km.   

Best Season: July-August when the valley is in full bloom

Stay:  Camping in the valley is prohibited, so Ghanghria will serve as your base camp while here.

The beautiful state of Uttaranchal beckoned and here we are amidst the bright hues of the “Valley of Flowers”. Nestled in Chamoli Garhwal close to the Nanda Devi National Park, this vivid display of nature’s beauty is perched at an altitude of 3,200 m and 6,675 m and is a must visit place for those planning a holiday in Uttaranchal.

Reaching this place of scenic beauty is an experience in itself. As we trekked along the Govind Ghat, near Pulna we were in awe and left enthralled by the untouched beauty of the valleys wild flowers, gurgling streams, bubbling springs, rocky boulders and glimpses of snow clad crests.

The majestic peaks surrounding the valley divided by the Pushpawati River flowing through, makes for a dream landscape. Following the well tread path, we reached the point where the valley opens out into “a valley of flowers”! Hours of trekking and imagining how a valley filled with flowers would look, got us to the moment we were waiting for. However, to get a closer look at Mother Nature’s vibrant exhibit, we made our way through the thick flora; and the effort was sure worth every step of the way. After capturing its beauty in my lens, I turn my gaze around the valleys splendor and see many smaller valleys formed by glacier streams flowing through the valley. A word of caution we were told by the locals that all its beauty and vibrancy aside the flowers in the flat land region of Nag Tal are considered to be poisonous, so do not smell and pluck these flowers!

Come on a trip to North India during the months of July and August the snow on the peaks melt gently transforming the valley into a colorful canvas is spread with flowers in full bloom as far as your eyes can see. This gem has been hidden from tourists for a long time and mostly frequented by the locals here, until 1931 when it was accidently discovered by mountaineer, botanist and traveler Frank Smith. So mesmerized was Frank Smith by the beauty of the valley that he wrote a book called “Valley of Flowers”, which brought this hidden splendor in the spot light.

Embraced by peaks on all sides, this valley was declared a National Park in 1982, and further was added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 2005. The Valleys rich flora has no bounds which are a Mecca for endangered flowers and medicinal plants; its location at the edge of the Himalayan ranges ads to its pristine magnificence.

I’m sure after reading this you have painted a pretty picture of the valley in your mind! So what are you waiting for, pack your bags and head to the hills.

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