Ranked 2 among Places to Visit in Valley Of Flowers
Time Required: 4-5 hrs
Resting in the Western Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a lively and beautiful national park famous for its meadows of alpine flowers. Combined with Nanda Devi National Park, the two of them together constitute the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It was also included in the list of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2005. Initially known as Bhyundar Valley, its name was changed to Valley of Flowers by the British mountaineer Frank S Smythe in the year 1931. Gifted with a diverse range of flora and fauna, this picturesque beauty is one of its kind. Situated high in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region, this enchanting valley is also considered as the place from where Hanuman collected Sanjeevani Buti to cure Lakshmana.
The verdant pastures, beautiful mountains, and running streams attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. No human settlements are present inside the park and grazing is completely banned. Since it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many international travellers visit the biosphere reserve. Situated in the transition zone between Eastern and Western Himalayan flora, seven restricted-range bird species are prevalent in this part of the Himalayas. The trek to the valley of flowers is indeed a one to remember for it is lined up with wild rose bushes, perfumed wildflowers and wild strawberries. It is a must-visit place for all those who love serenity combined with nature's beauty.
Air: The nearest airport to the Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport. You can take a taxi to reach Govindghat from where the trek of 16 km to reach the valley of flowers will begin.
Rail: The nearest railway station to Valley of Flowers is present in Rishikesh from where you can either hire a taxi or public bus to reach Govindghat. From here, you can further begin the trek to reach the valley.
Road: Valley of Flowers is well-connected by roads till the Pulna Village. From here, you will have to begin with the trek in order to reach the valley.
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Is there any helicopter service from Govindghat to valley of flowers? From where can I book helicopter tickets for the Valley of Flowers and what are the charges to and from?
Answer: There is a Helicopter service available from Govindghat to Ghangaria, which is about 5 km away from the Valley of Flowers. You will have to trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. You do not have to book the Helicopter service as there are no fixed flights due to the dependency on the weather. You can directly go to Govindghat and take a ticket. The actual price of tickets is not clear but it can be about INR 6000.
Which time the valley fully cover flowers and how many days to trekking?
Answer: The Valley of Flowers will be in full bloom in the months of July, August and September. It will take you at least 3 days to trek to the Valley of Flowers from Govindghat, the closest stop that can be reached through a car after which you will have to trek to reach this beautiful valley.