Valley of Flowers

Location : Chamoli District, Uttaranchal
Area : 87.50 sq. kms
Prime Attractions : Around 500 Wild flower Species, Tahr, Snow Leopard, Red Fox, Musk Deer and Himalayan Black Bear.
How to Reach : To reach the Valley of Flowers, one has to trek a distance of 17 kms. Nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which is connected by rail and road links with Hardwar (270 kms) and Dehradun (270 kms).
Where to Stay : The Valley of Flowers, however, has no fine accommodation facility, nearby places like Joshimath and Ghangharia have a number of tourist lodges and rest houses, which are good to stay.
Ideal Time To Visit : The Valley of Flowers remains snow-covered almost all through the year. The region is accessible only in summer months in between June and October. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is July to September.

Valley of Flowers - A land of Wild Flowers

The Valley of Flowers is located above Ghangharia, in the Zanskar range of the Garhwal Himalayas. The highest point in the national park is 6,719 metre high Gauri Parbat. In the year 1931, Frank Smythe an English mountaineer discovered the Valley of Flowers, on his way back from an expedition to Mount Kamet. Designated a National Park in 1982, the Valley of Flowers not only attracts the nature lovers, but also the trek enthusiasts. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain ridges and peaks, the picturesque park is home to around 500 wild flower species and variety of wild animals. Most important flower species found in the park are Brahmakamal, The Cobra Lily, The Himalayan Edelweiss and The Ethereal Himalayan Blue Poppy.

Prime Attractions of the Park

Fauna of the Park
The park is home to animals like Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Common Langur, Blue Sheep, Bharal, Serow, Himalayan Musk Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Brown Bear and Himalayan Black Bear. A trek through the Valley provide the charming view of colourful butterflies, which flutter over the flowers.

Flora of the Park
The vegetation of the park consist of Alpine forest of birch and rhododendron and a variety of flowers. Flower species in the park mainly include the orchids, poppies, primulas, potentilla, calendulas, larkspurs, lilies, daisies, anemones, fritillarias, gentians and geraniums.

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