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 flora, it is a world heritage site and a valuable pharmaceutical resource. It is the second core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and spread across 87 sq km. View of this valley is truly mesmerizing and a relaxing one.
It opens on 1st June every year and closes on 4th October. Rest of the months, it stays covered in a thick blanket of snow.
It opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm.
Entry fees for the valley of flowers
Indians: INR 500
Foreigner: INR 600
How to reach
It is located 300 km 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 km 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 to the village of Ghangaria. After 1 km from Ghangaria, one path goes to the valley of flowers and another one to Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is a tougher trek as compared to Valley of flowers. When you take the left path, you will find the entry point for the trek ahead. From there the valley of flowers is around 3 km and further distance depends on how far you want to explore the valley. Overnight stays are not allowed in the valley of flowers, so you need to stay in Ghangaria village, which is a base camp for this trek. The difficulty level of the trek is low and is considered an easy one.