Valley of flowers, Full Information
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The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu Mythology for much longer.
Its a gentle landscape, breathtakingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned. Valley of flowers is splashed with color as it bloomed with hundreds different beautiful flowers, taking on various shades of colors as time progressed.
Valley of flowers was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. While trekking towards valley of flowers, one can experience the beauty of shining peaks fully covered with snow. One can also see the beautiful view of surrounding greenery and various running streams with crystal clear water. Please watch video.
The valley of flowers is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lilly. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and of course trekkers, for whom a sufficient excuse to embark on a mission to reach a place, is that it exists.
Reaching Valley of flowers
The base Camp Ghangaria
The Valley of Flowers is accessible by trekking only. One could reach Govidghat on day 1 from Rishikesh. One day 2 you need to trek for full day to reach Ghangria. This is a trek of 13 kilometers and you gain an altitude of 1.5 Kilometers during the trek. You will see breathtaking vertical mountains, 250 meters high waterfall, roaring rivers and much more during your trek to Village Ghangria. You need to stay here for at least three nights. For full details of the trek kindly visit our trek page .
Location of Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park is located in Chamoli District, Garhwal of Uttrakhand in India.
Distance of Valley of Flowers from Delhi and Haridwar
Valley of Flowers is 300 km. from Haridwar, 500 km. from New Delhi. It takes almost 5-6 hours from Delhi to Haridwar and 10-12 hours from Haridwar to Govindghat. Govindghat is the last motorable station on a trip to Valley of Flowers. You can visit our how to reach page for more details. This page explains mode of transportations available and other important information with photographs.
Opening and Closing Dates of Valley of Flowers.
Keeping in view that the area is snow clad for most of the year and the valley is accessible only for few months during summer season, the Valley of Flowers officially remain open during a short span of time. It opens on first June and closes on 4th October every year. To enter into valley you need to take permission from forest department and they allow only between these dates.
Opening and Closing Timings of Valley of Flowers
The entry gate of Valley of Flowers opens at 7.00 a.m. and the last entry is allowed up to 2.00 p.m. You should get out of the gate by 5.00 p.m. Being punctual will allow you to see more area in the valley. You should take your ticket and enter by 7.15 a.m.
Valley of Flowers entry fee
Entry fee depends upon whether you are an Indian or a foreigner. For an Indian its Rs. 150 and for a foreigner Rs. 600 (approx. $12) for a three day pass to the valley. Charges for an additional day for and Indian is Rs. 50 and for a foreigner it is 250. Carrying a still camera is free it respective of its quality as professional or non professional. Taking a non professional video camera is also free. To take professional video camera Indian needs to pay Rs. 500 and foreigners Rs. 1500. To make a feature film Indian need to pay Rs. 1,00,000 and foreigners Rs. 2,00,000 per day. Other charges are also explained below :
|Sr. No.||Desciption||Indian (in Rupees)||Foreigner (in Rupees)|
|1.||Entrance Fee (in Rs.) Per Head for first Three Days||150||600|
|For additional each day||50||250|
|Still Camera (Non-Professional)||Free||Free|
|Still Camera (Professional)||Free||Free|
|Feature Film Per Day||100,000||200,000|
|Documentry Film Per Day||10,000||30,000|
|4.||Securit for above|
|Feature Film Per Day||100,000||200,000|
|Documentry Film Per Day||50,000||100,000|
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is always beautiful but depending upon certain criteria we can find the best time visit. If you want to see maximum number of flowers in terms of quantity in total and quantity in variety of flowers you should visit between 21st July to 10th of August. However, this is rainy season in the area you may have some problem because of this such as landslides on the way Haridwar to Govindghat and coming back. You also need to be equipped with umbrella or rain coat.
We also organize trekking tours to the Valley of Flowers to know the fix departures of 2013 kindly visit our upcoming trips page.
If you want to see Glaciers along with flowers than you should visit Valley of Flowers from 1st July 20th July but during this period there will be lesser number of flowers as compare to upcoming weeks.
To see lots of Glaciers you may visit in the month of June but you will find very less number of flowers and the valley will not be in its lush green color. Moreover, being the peak season for Hemkund Sahib pilgrims the cost will also go up by atleast 2-3 times. In the month of June the trek between Govindghat to Ghangaria and Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is flooded with Sikh pilgrims, ponies and porters. We do not recommend to visit Valley of Flowers during this time.
If you want to skip rains and rush of people you may visit in the month of September. During this period of time generally the sky is clear and you can witness snow clad peaks along with other landscape beauty. However, there will be less number of flowers during this period.
We recommend to visit Valley of Flowers during 21st July to 10th of August. In fact, you need atleast two days to complete the Valley of Flowers of trek from Ghagaria.