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.
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.
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.