May 11th, 2021
The Valley of Flowers or VOF is a bouquet of nature comfortably snuggled in the West Himalayan area of Uttarakhand, bestowed with unique and exotic Himalayan flora. The Valley of Flowers trek passes through thick forests and along the Pushpawati River, with several bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls along the way. No one can unsee the beauty of the place.
This stunning natural wonder is both an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with lush meadows blooming with exotic alpine flowers and rich fauna. Flowers as far as the eye can see, flowers of every size, colour, and shape, gentle streams flowing down from the mountains all around, most picturesque meadows, distant snow peaks contrasting the green mountains that look in front of us, and an occasional mist that makes the whole landscape more beautiful – this Valley of Flowers (VoF) national park in Uttarakhand state is still one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The streams you see in the valley are rivulets that meet River Pushpavati, which flows from the Bhyunder Glacier in the Garhwal Himalayas to Ghangaria, where it joins the Lakshman Ganga. This river changes its name to Bhyunder after leaving Ghangaria and drains into the Alaknanda at Govindghat, about 12 kilometres downstream. The river Pushpavati flows through the valley. In these high altitude alpine meadows, every year, a magnificent flowering bonanza starts. The best time to visit to see the blooming flowers is in July and August, but it is open from mid-June until September once the snow melts.
From late December to early May, the valley is not available. Every month, a new flower blooms, carpeting the valley in a rainbow of colours. Even if it rains for a few days, the sight of the valley is enough to make any pain go away.
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