Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttrakhand, India

Valley of Flowers is a high altitude valley in the state of Uttrakhand, India. It is situated in Chamoli District near Badrinath. Valley of Flowers is famous for its rich diversity in flora and fauna. It has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers which form a beautiful carpet of flowers. The variety of flowers changes almost every week and so the shade of the valley also changes. For example in mid July Geranium Wallichianum and Campanula Latifolia are found in abundance in the valley and they paint the valley in purple color.

Geranium Wallichianum and Campanula Latifolia in the Valley of Flowers in mid July.
Geranium Wallichianum and Campanula Latifolia in the Valley of Flowers in mid July.

In the first half of July Anemone Tetrasepala is found in abundance in the middle part of the valley and it paints the valley in white color.

Colony of Anemone Tetrasepala in the middle part of the Valley of Flowers
Colony of Anemone Tetrasepala in the middle part of the Valley of Flowers
Anemone Tetrasepala in the Valley of Flowers
Anemone Tetrasepala in the Valley of Flowers

By the end of July Geranium Wallichianum and Campanula Latifolia start aging and the valley is taken over by Impatiens Devendrae. It paints the valley in pink shade you can see this in following pictures

Huge colonies of Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers
Huge colonies of Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers

Huge colonies of Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers
Huge colonies of Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers

Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers
Impatiens Devendrae in the Valley of Flowers

The valley of Flowers also changes its color due to different seasons. In the month of May the valley is grayish in color with some big white spots of Glaciers in it.

Valley of Flowers as seen in May last week. You can see grayish shade with a huge Glacier in the background.
Valley of Flowers as seen in May last week. You can see grayish shade with a huge Glacier in the background.

As time passes snow will melt and the seeds put down last year will start germinating and by the end of June the valley will be lush green in color with some spots. You will find some flowers in the valley like Lilium Oxypetalum, Dactylorhiza Hatagirea and Anemone Tetrasepala.

Valley of Flowers in last week of June.
Valley of Flowers in last week of June.

Lilium Oxypetalum as seen in the last week of June in the Valley of Flowers.
Lilium Oxypetalum as seen in the last week of June in the Valley of Flowers.

In the month of July the flowers will start coming up rapidly and by 15th of July the Valley of Flowers in its full bloom. Between 15th July and 15th August you can find maximum numbers of flowers in the Valley.

Bistorta Affinis at Pushpawati River Bed in the Valley of Flowers as seen in last week of July
Bistorta Affinis at Pushpawati River Bed in the Valley of Flowers as seen in last week of July

A beautiful view of Epilobium Latifolium in the deeper part of Valley of Flowers. Huge colonies of Epilobium Latifolium can be seen from Pushpawati River bed and beyond on the bank of streams.
A beautiful view of Epilobium Latifolium in the deeper part of Valley of Flowers. Huge colonies of Epilobium Latifolium can be seen from Pushpawati River bed and beyond on the bank of streams.

Ligularia Amplexicaulis at Pushpawati River bed in the Valley of Flowers.
Ligularia Amplexicaulis at Pushpawati River bed in the Valley of Flowers.

By end of August the plants start maturing and the lush green color of the valley start changing towards yellowish green. The number of flowers start reducing and some new varieties also come up. For example Aconitum Balfourii, Cyananthus Lobatus, Cyananthus Microphyllus, Nepeta Erecta, Bistorta Vaccinifolia and Salvia Nubicola are found in the first half of September.

Bistorta Vaccinifolia in the Valley of Flowers
Bistorta Vaccinifolia in the Valley of Flowers

Aconitum Balfourii in the Valley of Flowers. This is a highly poisonous and ancient greek hunders used to smear the juice of root of this plant on arrows for hunting.
Aconitum Balfourii in the Valley of Flowers. This is a highly poisonous and ancient greek hunders used to smear the juice of root of this plant on arrows for hunting.

By the end of September snow will start falling again and the seeds dropped down this year will be reserved under the snow to germinate again in the next season.

Valley of Flowers Location :

Valley of Flowers National Park is located in Garhwal region in the state of Uttrakhand, India. It is about 325 kilometers from Haridwar and 600 kilometers from New Delhi. Its altitude ranges from 10500 feet to 22000 feet above sea level. Despite being only 325 kilometers from Haridwar it takes more than two days to reach Valley of Flowers. From Haridwar one needs to travel by National Highway – 58 up to Govindghat by road. Govindghat is 25 kilometers before Badrinath on the highway. Govindghat is 300 kilometers from Haridwar and its takes almost 10 hours to reach Govindghat from Haridwar. From Govindghat one needs to trek for 14 kilometers to Ghangaria. So on third day one can enter the valley.

Best time to Visit Valley of Flowers

As explained above the Valley of Flowers looks very different in different seasons. It remains snow clad for almost 8 months in a year and remains inaccessible. As far as flowers are concerned maximum numbers of flowers can be seen between 15th July and 15th August. Although the flowers keep on coming and going almost every week. Some flowers are available throughout the seasons and are available only for a week. For example Potentilla Atrisanguinea is available almost throughout the season while that is available only for a week in the second week of July Cypripedium Himalaicum.

For detailed information visit our best time to visit Valley of Flowers page.

Valley of Flowers opening and closing hours

Camping and overnight stay is not allowed in the Valley of Flowers. Forest department issue the entry permit for the valley. The first entry is allowed at 7.00 am and you must get out of the park before 5.00 pm. The last entry is allowed at 2.00 pm.

Valley of Flowers opening and closing dates

Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June and closes on 4th October every year. Before June the valley is snow clad and there are very less flowers in the valley. After 4th October the weather changes and becomes very cool and snow fall starts.

Valley of Flowers entry fee.

Sr. No.DesciptionIndian (in Rupees)Foreigner (in Rupees)
1.Entrance Fee (in Rs.) Per Head for first Three Days150600
 For additional each day50250
2.Camera Fee  
 Still Camera (Non-Professional)FreeFree
 Still Camera (Professional)FreeFree
 Movie-Video (Non-Professional)FreeFree
 Movie-Video (Professional)5001,500
3.Filming Charges  
 Feature Film Per Day100,000200,000
 Documentry Film Per Day10,00030,000
4.Securit for above  
 Feature Film Per Day100,000200,000
 Documentry Film Per Day50,000100,000
Entry fee for Valley of Flowers
Entry fee for Valley of Flowers

We also organize trekking tours to the Valley of Flowers to know the fix departures of 2013 kindly visit our upcoming trips page.

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