VALLEY OF FLOWERS
A trek to the beautiful National Park!
The world is filled with beautiful colours. Black & white is all boring now, and it is a fact that colours make human beings happy. What if I say, that there is a place or a park in India that offers colours.. a lot of different colours, with the most beautiful flower species. Then what is the first thought that will strike your mind? I guess WOW!! A wow is still not enough for the beauty that the Valley of Flowers National Park holds in it.
To experience the beauty and wonders of nature, the Valley of Flowers trek is a perfect adventure you can undertake. Perching a height of approximately 3658m in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is truly a paradise for nature lovers, Botanists, and adventure seekers. It is an Indian National Park that complements the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Both the Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi Reserve comes under the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The ravishing and serene beauty of the park will leave you speechless and your eyes won’t blink for a single moment while witnessing the beauty. The exotic endemic flower species and a rich variety of flora and fauna. The Valley is located in the Western Himalayas. Apart from fascinating floral beauty, the park has a lot of other amazing creatures like animals and birds. You can see the snow leopard, musk deer, black bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Birds like Himalayan monal, pheasant, and a few others. The Valley of Flowers is stretched in the area of 87.50 sq. km. The lush meadows and splashing water tributaries will accompany you on your journey.
One can see more than 300 exotic species of flowers at the Valley of Flowers National Park like Primula, Lavender, Rose, Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy, and cobra lily.
The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers from June to October. You can also witness heavy snowfall during the winter season. The blooming blossoms can be seen between July to September. Monsoons are perfect to visit the Valley of Flowers and see the alluring paradise. In mid-October, the flower stops blooming and the gates of the valley get closed.
The trek starts from Joshimath near Dehradun/Haridwar. Govindghat is the basecamp for the trek. You can also explore Badrinath which is 32km. And further you can explore Mana, the last village of India. From the basecamp Valley of Flowers is just a 4km trek. You can also explore the Hemkund Sahib, the trek starts from Govindghat and takes you through snow-covered paths that will lead to the destination.
Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh pilgrimage site located in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. The Gurudwara is surrounded by a glacial high altitude lake Hemkund and seven mountain peaks. The place gets inaccessible from October to April due to the excessive snow. You can see Brahmakamal near the lake which only grows at higher altitudes. With several waterfalls, dense groves, and captivating views of the Himalayas. The holy lake is crystal clear and you can see the nearby reflections in it.
How to reach?
Dehradun is well-connected to all the cities/towns of Uttarakhand. Take a direct bus, train, or flight from Delhi and reach Dehradun.
Take a local bus or taxi by taking 11 hr long you will reach Govindghat which is 276 km from Dehradun. It depends upon you, if you want to reach Joshimath first, then you can by a one hr short drive and then to Govindghat,
Things to Carry:
- Raincoats and rain covers
- Trekking shoes
- Woollen clothes
- Trousers or track pants
- Extra pair of socks
- Torch or flashlight
- Trekking pole
- Sun and woollen cap
- A medical kit
- Swiss knife
- Water bottle
- Power bank
- Extra batteries
- Camera (if needed)
- Essential toiletries
- Mosquito repellent
Valley of Flowers trek is the most beautiful and easiest trek in Uttarakhand. The beauty of the valley will give you a lifetime experience. The place will give you a bag full of memories. Also a chance to explore the pilgrim sites of India. A trek to the valley will take you to the wonderful wonders. Plan a long weekend and spend some time in the laps of mountains and nature.
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by Siddharth Khandelwal