The Valley of Flowers National Park spread over the area of 87 sq km in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand presents an ethereal view and an unforgettable experience for visitors. It is a site marked and tagged under the UNESCO World Heritage that forms one of the two core zones (the other being the Nanda Devi National Park) of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The Valley of Flowers is believed to be discovered in 1931, when three British mountaineers – led by Frank S Smythe – lost their way and chanced upon this spectacular valley. They fell for the graceful beauty of this place; they named it the “Valley of Flowers”.It is a destination where nature blooms in full glory offering a breathtaking experience. Exotic flowers of approximately over 600 species like daisies, orchids, marigold, primulas, poppies, and anemones are an eye-catching spectacle.
The valley of flowers trek offers eye-catching spectacles, cascading waterfalls, rigid woods, gorgeous views, panoramic scenery, wild streams and nature’s beauty at its best. Situated at such a peak of around 3,600 m above the sea level, the valley is also home to rare and amazing wildlife species like the the snow leopard, gray langur, Himalayan monalthe Himalayan weasel, black bear,the lime butterfly, flying squirrel, red fox and to name a few.
Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand is purely enchanting, scintillating, mesmerising, gorgeous and magical outstanding natural beauty.The biodiversity hotspot is known for its scenic beauty comprising milky white streams, alpine shrubs, snow-clad peaks, meadows, terrains, lovely plateau, pristine air and so on the elaboration can’t be seized at any point.
The rolling landscape of the national park stands in stark contrast to the rugged mountain. Initially the Valley of flowers was known as Bhyundar Valley, the nature’s wonder renamed it by British mountaineer Frank S Smythe in 1931. The valley was discovered when British mountaineer Frank S Smythe chanced while returning from an expedition to Mount Kamet. Frank even wrote a book named “Valley of Flowers”.
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The Valley of Flowers has its mythological significance that Hanuman brought the magical herb to resuscitate Lakshman.The spiritual souls are still consistent to believe that the magical herb(Sanjeevni) still grows in the park. It has an amusing rumour or the pure belief that it is the playground of fairies descending to the valley in the absence of humans.
It is amazing to see the whole land roll in the vibrant hues blossom, it appears purely enchanting and adoring to be experiencing the moment there.More than about 700 species of florals grows here with few mesmerising flowers are an opportunity here to be found like Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily etc.
During May-September it features stunningly pretty each and every day. The ways to reach the Valley, also makes it super thrilling and exciting by riding a mule’s back or trekking.
It also caters to wildlife as gorgeous habitats and diverse areas feel like home. Some rare and endangered animals, including the blue sheep, snow leopard, Asiatic black bear,yellow-throated, brown bear, Himalayan musk deer, marten, snow leopard, blue sheep, black and brown bears.
Amazing numbers and species of birds can also be witnessed here like Himalayan monal, snow pigeon, Himalayan golden eagle, Himalayan snow cock, snow partridge, almost at verge of complete extinction-sparrow and more. Insects, flies and butterflies also constitute the biodiversity of this excellent valley.
Spots to wander near the Valley of Flowers
To experience icing on cake, one ought to visit the nearby hotspots to make their jaunt more sizzling and memorable.
Govindghat: Govindghat overlooks the pristine rolling hills and lush greenery and offers incredible peace to all those who visit here. It is preferred to be the perfect base for heading towards the varied amazing and gorgeous spots of Uttarakhand like the popular pilgrimage site of Hemkund Sahib,breathtaking Valley of Flowers and all.
Malari:Given the extreme isolation of the village and the heavy snowfall, it is inhabited by the Indo-Mongolian tribes known as Bhotia – Scheduled Tribes of Uttarakhand.
Mana Village: The village of Mana quite near to Badrinath and believed to be the handiwork of the Pandava brother Bhima, who cleared a way for the River Saraswati to flow under it.
Gorson Bugyal, Niti Valley,Joshimath & Badrinath, Pandukeshwar, Auli and more to mention.