How to reach –
The Valley of Flowers settled in the Chamoli district which near the holy Badrinath Dham of Uttarakhand in India is located 3658 metres above sea level. It is a tourist spot and also a famous trekking point for many trekkers. The enchanting and divinity of the Valley of Flowers can be sensed by one during their visit.
If you are travelling by train, take a train from the Delhi Station and get down at Haridwar. From Haridwar, you can avail yourself of a cab towards Gobind ghat. You will make your way towards Ghangaria village from Gobind ghat. You will have to walk on foot to reach the Valley of Flowers which is 10 to 12 kilometres away from Ghangaria.
You can also get down at Rishikesh Railway Station from Delhi station if you are travelling by train.
By aeroplane, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun. But you have to take a flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport.
If you are travelling by road then you have to get down at Gobind ghat after that you have to walk a distance of 16 kilometres to reach the Valley of Flowers.
Things to carry –
Make sure while you go on trekking at the Valley of Flowers you must carry these items with you :
- A light backpack with a waterproof raincoat.
- Two drinking water bottles that can contain 1-litres of water each.
- Two pairs of long waterproof trousers and two pairs of short waterproof shorts for trekking.
- Make sure you are carrying a Day pack and a flexible hard stick on your trekking.
- A charged torch with a portable charger or if you are carrying a battery torch make sure to carry three batteries with you.
- Carry your cell phone and a portable charger on your journey.
- Wear sports shoes or trekking shoes before you decide to trek. They must be waterproof. You can carry a pair of other shoes in your trekking backpack.
- Carry some dry snacks with you like nuts, chocolates, biscuits, chips, dry fruits to provide you with enough energy on your trekking journey.
- Make sure to consult a doctor before you plan to execute your trekking plan and take along with you the prescribed medications.
- Do not wear heavy jackets or carry heavy jackets with you but wear soft and warm pullovers and carry two with you as well.
Best time to visit –
It is preferable to visit the Valley of Flowers in August that is in the first 15 days at the beginning of the month because it is the time when the flowers bloom around the hills and it makes it an enchanting and magical world for the travellers’ to witness but by the end of August the flowers start drying up and no More beauty can be fully experienced then.
Though the trekking spot is open for the trekkers from early June till October from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The monsoons might create a scenic beauty for the trekkers but it is impossible to trek then and the Winters after October covers the area with white snow sometimes causing landslides to happen.
It is best to visit during June, August, September and October.
Level of difficulty –
The difficulty level of trekking at the Valley of Flowers is less compared to other treks. The roads are well made for convenient trekking. There is no such communication disorder at the Valley of Flowers. The area might seem to be steep but one can easily trek at the Valley of Flowers. The mountain roads are easily accessible for visitors or trekkers. You can also avail yourself of a horse (ponies) for easy access to the Valley of Flowers. All you need is to be in good and healthy condition while you trek on the Valley of Flowers.
Reasons to do –
You must at least once trek to the Valley of Flowers because :
- The entrapping and overjoying beauty of nature in the Valley of Flowers is a galvanic sight for the trekkers.
- You will feel like being in a different world; back to primitive nature and magical land of blissfulness.
- The rarest flower; the divine Brahma Kamal flower grows at the Valley of Flowers. You will see it only in the Valley of Flowers.
- The exotic wildlife of the Valley of Flowers is going to hypnotize your soul in no time.
- You will feel as if the heavens are present on the earth. You can breathe the freshness of sanctity and purity in the Valley of Flowers.
Places to visit –
You can visit these places while you go on trekking at the Valley of Flowers:
- Pandukeshwar Shivalinga
- Gobind ghat
- Badrinath Dham
- Alokananda River
- Niti Valley
About the locals-
Following the tracks towards the Valley of Flowers, Ghangaria is the last village to fall on the way. The locals believe that the mountain regions are divine and also a dreaded place if they cross the boundaries. They believe that Lord Hanuman uprooted the Gandhamadan parvat from the Valley of Flowers. If one tries to defy the routes in the Valley of Flowers they will be abducted by the fairies and other mythical beings in the Valley of Flowers.
Some facts –
You will come across many rare species of flowers and animals of the wild in the Valley of Flowers. The Valley of Flowers is a much-preferred place for many nature lovers, trekkers and photographers for a longer time. It has been declared as the most visited National Park by UNESCO. It is both a loved trekking spot by beginners and advanced trekkers for a long time. Many scholars had referred to the presence of the Valley of Flowers in their scripts from time to time.