Valley of flowers
"I will lift mine eyes
unto the Hills
from whence cometh my strength"
The Valley of Flowers in Uttaranchal is an enticing meadow which is located at an elevation of about eleven thousand feet. The Valley of flowers was introduced to the world by Frank S Smith - a mountaineer, explorer, botanists. The Valley of flowers unfurl the beauty and floral grandeur of the valley and thus open the doors of this jewel to nature-enthusiasts all over the world.
Valley of Flowers National Park
The Valley of flowers was declared a national park in 1982 and the region spans over 87. 50 km². The national park lies on the Zanskar range of the Himalayas. The park is famous for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and bestowed with natural beauty. The Valley of flowers is home to rare and endangered animals which include the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.
Trekking in Valley of Flowers
Trekking in Valley of flowers is the most saught adventure sports for all people. The major trek starts from the Govind Ghat till Pulna. A Norther trek which is worth looking starts from Pulna to Bhuyandar village. This 7 kms trail is full of nature's splendor which includes the cascading waterfalls and cold water springs.
The trek is on the right bank of Laxman Ganga, which continues from Ghangharia to Hemkund Sahib. Since one cannot stay in Valley of flowers, Ghangaria forms the only base camp for the trek.
You have to reach Ghangaria on foot as the entry of ponies is prohibited. After crossing a log bridge over the Laxman Ganga, 3 km from Ghanghria, the route of the Valley of Flowers divides from that going to Hemkund Sahib. The Laxman Ganga joins the Pushpawati river, 400 mt downstream. The trek continues along Pushpawati.
For entrance you might have to obtain an entry permit from the Forest Checkpost at the entrance to the park which is beyond Ghangaria. The fees required to enter the Valley of flowers in nominal at least for Indians. The entry charge for foreigners may be high. The permits obtained is valid only for three days and an additional charges are levied on still cameras and video cameras. A special permit can be obtained from Chief Widlife warden in Lucknow. Visitors are allowed to enter the park only in day time.
Where to Stay
Overnight stay is not allowed in Valley of flowers and you will not get any accommodation facilities in Valley of flowers. Places closer to Valley have good number of respectable accommodation. You can get state run resthouses at Joshimath and Ghangaria. For further information, you can contact GMVN ( Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) office.
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