Valley of flowers 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.

Ghangaria Village , the base camp for valley of flowers

Ghangaria Village , the base camp for valley of flowers

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
2. Camera Fee    
  Still Camera (Non-Professional) Free Free
  Still Camera (Professional) Free Free
  Movie-Video (Non-Professional) Free Free
  Movie-Video (Professional) 500 1,500
3. Filming Charges    
  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
Entry Fee for Valley of Flowers

Entry Fee for Valley of Flowers

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.

9 comments on “Valley of flowers Information.
  1. Rajeev Naugin says:

    Hi Dear
    Help Required!

    We are planning to visit Valley of flowers in July so what we are planning is, we will start trekking early in the morning then will reach in Valley then later will move to Hemkund Sahib and stay there at night and then next day early morning again we will leave to Govind Ghat and board bus to Badrinath.

    Do you think this plan will work? Please suggest.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      This plan will not at all work. You need at least 6 days for the trip from Haridwar. Kindly see trek itinerary for valley of flowers page for more details. Alternatively you may call me at +91 9992756910, +91 9268319339 or +91 9034907825. I also organize trekking tours to valley of flowers. I personally accompany all my groups for trekking part of the trip. You may also join my group. You may fill in your details on any Contact us form and I will contact you. Or you may visit my other website which provides full information about valley of flowers.

  2. J Saldanha says:

    We are a group of 4 women who specifically would like to do the trek between 15 July and 22nd July 2013. Do you organize private treks and please let me know the costs involved.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello J Saldana,
      Unfortunately I do not have trek on the date you specified. But I have ten fixed departures during July to September, 2013. You may choose from any other departures if you like. Here is list of departures in 2013. You may also fill in you details on Contact us form and I will contact you or you may call me at +91 9992756910 at any time. We also have four fixed departures in which we will be going to valley of flowers for two days and you may visit this post to know the reason in detail. I always accompany all my groups to valley of flowers at least for the trekking part of it. I will recommend you to try for 28th July departure as 4 Russian Ladies have also confirmed in it and you will have nice company being all ladies.

  3. subrata saha says:

    Me and my 3 friends want to visit Valley of Flowers in mid May. Is it possible for us to do so ?

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June and closes on 4th October every year. June is not the best time to visit Valley of Flowers and generally we do not recommend to visit in the month of June. To know the best time to visit Valley of Flowers visit our best time to visit Valley of Flowers page.

  4. Vardhman says:

    We have panned to go from 12 August to 18 August . Any body will like to join

  5. Neeraj Bijalwan says:

    Hi Devkant, thanks for all those important informations.. I was wondering if VOF is still accessible in second week of August after all that floods in Uttakhand… can u please share some contact numbers where we can confirm….

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Neeraj Bijalwan,
      Thanks for posting. I think valley of flowers will be accessible by August second week. Although it will be open next year. You can call me on +91 999 275 6910for latest updates or follow my blog on Valley of flowers.

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Valley of flowers is open in 2014. All the bridges and trek has been constructed.
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Fix Departures in 2015

All these departures are starting on Sunday.
  1. 28 June to 4th July
  2. 5th July to 11th July
  3. 12th July to 18th July
  4. 19th July to 25th July
  5. 26th July to 1st August
  6. 2nd August to 8th August
  7. 9th August to 15th August
  8. 16th August to 22nd August
  9. 23rd August to 29th August
  10. 30th August to 5th September
  11. 6th September to 12th September
  12. 13th September to 19th September
  13. 20th September to 26th September
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