Valley of flowers is a vibrant national park in Uttarakhand in West Himalayas. The Area is richly diverse with many endangered species of animals and flowers. Owing to its diverse blooms, it is a world heritage site and a valuable pharmaceutical resource. Second core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the valley spread across 87 sq kms. View of this site is truly mesmerizing and a relaxing one.
Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June every year and closes on 4th October. Rest of the months, it stays covered in a thick blanket of snow.
Valley of Flowers opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm.
Entry fees for valley of flowers
Indians: INR 500
Foreigner : INR 600
How to reach
It is located 300 Kms North of Rishikesh, near Badrinath, in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. For road route, you must reach Joshimath. From Joshimath you have to reach Govindghat, which is around 21 Kms and it will take you around 1 hour to complete this stretch with any transport.
From Govindghat, you need to have a full day hike from Govindghat to the village of Ghangaria. After 1 km from Ghangaria, one path goes to valley of flowers and another one to Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is a tougher trek as compared to Valley of flowers. When you take left path, you will find the entry point for trek ahead. From there the valley of flowers is around 3 kms and depends on how far you want to explore the valley. Overnight stays are not allowed in valley of flowers, so you need to stay in Ghangaria village, which is a base camp for this trek. Difficulty level of the trek is low and is considered an easy one.