Abode of blue Poppy, Potentilla, Dandelion, Marsh Marigold, Vajardanti, Himalayan Cinquefoil, and Drumstick Primula, Valley of Flowers is a hub of a diverse range of bewitching and rare flora and fauna. Stationed in West Himalayan region, this Indian National Park is not just suffused with sui generis range of flowers, but it’s also the native place to some of the most imperilled and endangered species, including, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Asiatic Black Beer, Brown Bear, and Snow Leopard.
This unfathomed location lies in one of the nature enriching state of India- UTTARAKHAND, near the PUSHPWATI VALLEY that is around 23 km away from NANDA DEVI PARK. Pushpwati Valley is named after the river Pushpwati that flows through the Valley of Flowers in GARHWAL region. Valley of Flowers is one of the most fascinating valleys that is the home of at least 300 different wildflowers. The unimaginable beauty captivating your eyesight with its magnificent and enticing collections of flowers is hard to find anywhere else.
It is obvious that there are various Valley of Flowers in all around the world, but before you visit foreign locale, start with India and witness the beauty of Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. So, before you head towards Antelope Valley in California or Castelluccio Valley in Italy, check out the awesome and heart throbbing Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand.
The enchanting Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its collection of unique varieties of flowers and some of the endangered animals. If you want to be the spectator of this alluring location, then try to visit this place in July and August. This is the time when you will find this valley in its true colors. And there is something extraordinary about visiting HIMALAYAN RANGE in July and August. Although, the Himalayan ranges are always the soothing experience to your eyes but visiting in Monsoon season will surely pump up your heart.
This awe-inspiring location was not known to Indians before 1931. It was in this year when three British Mountaineers named Frank. S. Smythe, Eric Shipton, and R.L. Holdsworth while returning from their successful expedition from Mt. Kamet lost their way and showed upon this valley which was filled with awestruck flowers and rare vegetation and flora and fauna. They named it ‘VALLEY OF FLOWERS’ after which Frank Smythe also wrote a book with the same name.
This fascinating and overwhelming Valley is yet to be explored by Bollywood industry. There are various Bollywood films that are been shot in UTTARAKHAND and nearby this exotic location, but Valley of Flowers is yet to be traversed by Indian cinema. The problems that can be faced by filmmakers in the Valley of Flowers is that there is no road connectivity.
You will have to trek from Govindghat that will take you to Ghangaria. If filmmakers want to shoot films, they can also arrange a helicopter to reach there. But it’s not going to be easy. There is roads connectivity from Dehradun and Haridwar that is 270 km away from JOSHIMATH, a nearby location from Govindghat. There are various Bollywood movies that are been shot in MUSSORIE & DEHRADUN, but not in Valley of Flowers. These movies are:
- Lakshya – Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
- Student of the Year- FRI Campus, Casiga School, and Welhums Boys School, Dehradun
- Rehna Hai Tere Dil me- FRI, Dehradun
- Bunty Aur Babli- Mussoorie and Rishikesh
- Krishna Cottage- FRI, Dehradun
- Armaan- Mussoorie
- Koi Mil Gaya- Nainital, Bhimtal, and Kasauli
- Vivaah- Almora, Nainital, and Jogeshwari Mandir
The intriguing cascades of Valley of Flowers also have a religious reference in Hindu religion. It is believed that lord HANUMAN brought ‘Sanjeevani Booti’ from this place to cure Lakshmana. The location is also important in terms of religious significance because you can also visit HEMKUND SAHIB, a religious destination of SIKHS. Every religious locations nearby Valley of Flowers have their own religious significance and folklore. During your visit to this place, you will get to know many folklores and stories that will increase your interest in this mesmerizing location.
The beautiful backdrop of mountains and green meadows with an alluring range of flowers; All these things together enhance the beauty of Valley of Flowers. A sense of romanticism will blow into your mind after witnessing the mystical surroundings of nature, the rhythmic sound coming from the waterfalls, and snow-covered Himalayan range that seems like a white furry blanket.
If you are more interested in witnessing snowy mountains, then winter season is the best time to visit this place. But the last month to visit this beautiful place in October. The Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June and closes on 4th October.
There is also a fixed time interval for visiting this place; You cannot just go and stay in the valley of flowers. From June to October, the valley opens at 7:00 am and closes at 2:00 pm. The last entry time is 2 O’ Clock so that you can return by 5 O’ Clock in the evening. The Valley of Flowers and the nearby locations in UTTARAKHAND is managed by UTTARAKHAND STATE FORESTRY DEPARTMENT & MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS.
वो कहते हैं न:
“प्रकृति को काबू में रखने के लिए हमेशा उसका कहा मानिये। वरना उसे ज़्यादा देर नहीं लगेगी बेकाबू होने में”
This is exactly happening from past few years and one of the disastrous examples of this saying happened in 2013 when Uttarakhand Flood disaster devastated almost all the beautiful locations in Uttarakhand. It didn’t just take many lives, it also ravaged the beautiful Valley of Flowers and since then this location witnessed very fewer tourists.
This is after 6 years that now this location is again reviving itself and now again tourists are taking interest in visiting Valley of Flowers. Due to this natural calamity, the place was inaccessible for a few years. It took a lot of efforts for the government to recover from this beautiful location and its nearby area. So, it is very important for a human to take care of their natural environment so that both can perform their duties simultaneously.