Valley of Flowers National Park
: 87.5 sq. Kms.
: Between 3,658m to 3,962 m
Best Season : Mid April to Mid August
The famous Valley of Flowers with the largest concentration of various species of wild flowers is off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, 16 km from Govindghat. A virtual treat to the eyes, this beautiful valley in the Himalayas was established in the year 1982.This park, the least national park in the Himalayas was produced to protect the catchment area of the Pushpavati River.
This stream emerges from a glacier then tumbles downward to meet the Ganges. The park spans an area of 87.5 sq. km and is perched on the upper reaches of the Bhyundia Ganga of Chamoli district of Garhwal. The Pushpawati River flows by the valley while the awesome Rataban peak forms a spectacular backdrop.
The park boasts of more than 300 species of wild flowers like the Himalayan Blue Poppy, Snake Lilly, white and yellow Anemones, Daisies, Calendula and Dianthus. A wide variety of butterflies, snow leopard, brown and Himalayan black bears, tahr, musk deer, Blue sheep (bharal) and serow are the other attractions of the national park.
Best time to visit the valley begins from late April when the snow on the mountains starts melting and flowing down the gullies, providing the appropriate moisture for flowers. With the advent of monsoons in June, the valley is painted pink and red, though the seasonal shades of yellow, purple and white are not submissive. By August, the place is a practical riot of colors splashed leisurely, by the bountiful nature!
The visitors during September and October get to witness the sun-kissed meadows, the crystal clear atmosphere and the rain-washed rocks, preparing to be covered by immaculate snow. The park can only be visited during the day. Overnight stay is prohibited.
How To Get There
Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (315 km. approx).
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.
Road : Off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, 16 km from Govindghat (24 km from Badrinath). Buses are available till Govindghat. From Govindghat the rest of the distance has to be trekked.