You won’t believe your eyes but the valley of flowers is a place straight coming out of the Bollywood romantic set. Valley of Flowers located in Uttarakhand is all set to open for tourists from next month. But this time very few numbers of tourists will be allowed.
The move is being taken to save the valley from destroying. Tourists usually make places dirty which damage the ecological balance of nature.
It is opened for public only once in a year that too in the first week of June. In the rest time of the year, it is covered under snow. So the flower also grows in June month. It is every traveler’s dream trek.
Set in the Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, one of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The place has got more flowers (at least 520 alpine varieties according to the experts). Nanda Devi National Park, to the east of the valley, also has endangered species of animals, including the snow leopard.
Occasionally one may find the rare orchids and poppies too if he/she walks the entire valley. The Valley is spread in a vicinity of 10 km and is surrounded by snow clad Greater Himalayan peaks and the Zanskar range glaciers. The valley ends to a tomb of Joan Margrett Legge, sister of F. Smythe, who is supposed to have incurred an untimely death while carrying out the incomplete research of her brother.
How to reach: The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat. This requires around an 11 hour drive to Joshimath from Dehradun, then another one hour to Gobindghat. From Gobindghat it is a 13-kilometer (8.1 miles) trek along a steep, narrow, but well-defined mountain trail to base camp at Ghangaria.
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