Spread across an extensive area of around 87 square kilometres in Uttarakhand. The enchanted valley of flowers is a virtual paradise on earth. Located in the Chamoli District, this mesmerising valley of flowers perfectly sets in the backdrop of the magnificent Zanskar Ranges. Today lets explore this enchanted valley of flowers in Uttarakhand. Stay tuned with me!
Frank S Smith: The Discoverer
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Frank S Smith was a great mountaineer, botanist and an explorer. In the year 1931 he accidentely discovered this virtual paradise. Until this great discovery was made the world didn’t know this beautiful paradise of Uttarakhand. Frank was so captivated by the outstanding beauty of this valley that he actually wrote a book about it is called “Valley of Flowers” itself. Guess his book has also been a true medium which discloses the secret of this enchanting valley and also a reason that attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts from all over the world.
As I said for long this mysterious valley was hidden from the outside world. According to locals very few people frequented this place before the discovery. It is also said that many shepherds in that era, avoided visiting this magical valley as they believed this place to be the divine playground of the Gods, fairies and the nymphs.
Truly Enchanting: The Valley Of Flowers In Uttarakhand
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The valley of flowers is a world heritage site. The conversion point of the Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayas is the area where this valley is actually located and is truly remarkable. We can actually call this area fairy land, amidst the high altitudes of snowy Himalayan Mountains and glittering glaciers. The valley actually unfolds the magnetism and attraction of nature at its best.
Located in the high ranges of the Himalayas, the valley of flowers is truly enchanting in all senses. It is located at a distance of about 600 kilometres from Delhi, in the Chamoli district. This valley has an absolutely breathtaking assortment of over 500 different varieties of wild flowers. It spreads across an area of around 87.5 kilometres square; the valley is set at a height of around 11,000 feet to 14,000 feet above the sea level in the Western ranges of the Himalayas.
As the River Pushpawati cuts through the valley, it cleanly divides the valley into two sections. The major part of the valley is on the right bank of the river, this portion is too perfect for trekking. So if you love trekking, trust me it would be a dream come true at this location. This is because of the surrounding areas from the Govindghat to the valley via Ghangharia, it is a treat to the eyes and a feast for the soul.
One of the most interesting parts of this valley is its changing colour. Yes everyday this valley wears a new colour dress; this is because of hundreds of flowers which bloom every day. This enchanted valley is one of the most picturesque high altitude valleys across the world, and the same has been accepted by botanists, mountaineers and many nature lovers.
The area is untouched by human invasions. During the cold months this striking land stays iced up. And as the hotter months arrive the area burst into its majestic boom. During the blooming period the valley sheds its dozy nature with its multitudes of glamorous flora. During the monsoons, just when the clouds start drizzling, the valley shows its beautiful flowery face making the entire region look like a gorgeous colourful carpet.
Valley Of Flowers: Declared As A World Heritage Site By UNESCO
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In the year 1982, an area of around 8,950 hectares of the valley was declared a National Park. And in the year 2005 in the month of July, UNESCO declared it to be World Heritage Site. The major reason for this credit was the rich diversified fauna which this valley holds within it. The area is a meeting point of the Zanskar ranges, i.e. the Himalayan ranges and Eastern and Western Himalayas. Endangered flower species and medicinal plants which are found on this valley add further credits to the importance of this place.
From November to May, the valley is covered in a bed of snow but the flora here is well adapted to the harsh climatic conditions. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is in the months of July and August after the snow has melted. The flowers are in full bloom during this time, giving you ample opportunity to enjoy the never ending charm of this place.
Best Time To Visit The Valley Of Flowers
Throughout the year the Valley of flowers has a cool but pleasant climate. During the summers (June to October) the valley has a cool weather; the maximum recorded temperature during this period is 17 degree Celsius. Summers are a good season for those who want to view the panoramic beauty of this area. During the winters, i.e, months from November to May this area is covered with snow. Winters are a difficult time to explore the outdoor attractions. Minimum recorded temperature during the winters is around 7 degree Celsius.
The best season to visit the Valley of Flowers is from the months of July to October. The weather is absolutely pleasant; hence it’s ideal to visit of the national park. This season makes the chances of spotting endangered animals really high. The months of August and September are perfect to catch some of the most amazing flowers as that is the blooming period for the flowers. Note December to May period is totally snow bound; there are road blocks to prevent the tourist from visiting the outdoors. Hence it’s not a good time to visit this area during these months.
The valley of flowers is a totally scenic place, a place where the nature blooms up making the entire area a living paradise. The area will be easily accessible, but a lovely stroll might be a bit tedious. Surrounded with some of the most eye catching spectacles this valley has beautifully cascading waterfalls, small streams and the most important the flowery meadows. This place opens its beautiful arms to all the visitors. Flashy paddocks, royal peaks and crystalline streams and this baroque of flowers are worth to watch at least once in a lifetime.
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