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Valley Of Flowers And Hemkund, Uttarakhand.

Valley of Flower Uttarakhand is an Indian national park in Chamoli, in Uttrakhand district. The valley of flowers was unknown till 1931 when Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton, and R.L. Holdsworth, all British mountaineers, lost their way while returning from Mt.Kamet and reached upon the valley, which was full of flowers. It takes a minimum of 3 days to reach the Valley of Flowers from Haridwar. It is 500 KM from New Delhi and 300 KM from Haridwar and  It is 300 KM north from Rishikesh near Badrinath.

The valley of flowers is in the Pushpawati valley 20 km from Nanda Devi Park. The Valley of flowers trek is 17 KM. Joshimath is the nearest town. It has a connection from Haridwar and Dehradun. From Delhi, one can take the train to Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govind ghat via Rishikesh. Govindghat is a place nearby to Joshimath from where the trek begins. From Govindghat you need to reach Ghangaria which is 3 KM from the valley. One can also travel to Ghangaria by Helicopter. The trek from Govindghat is common to the Sikh temple Hemkund.

Valley of flowers is endowed with a range of flowers and the picturesque in its beauty. It also has rare animal species like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear, and blue sheep. Legends believe it to be the place where Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani Buti for curing Lakshmana.

The Trekker is required to get a permit from the forest department and that is valid for 3 days. Visitors cannot stay inside the National park but accommodation can be obtained at Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek. It has private lodges and hotels for accommodation.

Valley of Flowers entry fee

The entry fee for Indian nationals and foreigners is separate.  The entry fee for Indians is 150 Rs and 600 for Foreign Tourists and it is valid for 3 days the extra fee after the entry expires the cost for Indians is 50 rs and for foreigners is 250. For carrying cameras inside the valley Indians need to pay 500 whereas foreigners require 1500 for a day. Valley of flowers is also declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Opening and closing details and best time to visit

The Valley of flowers will open on 1st June this year and will close on 4th October. The valley of flowers opens at 7 am and the last entry is allowed till 2 pm. You need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. So it is recommended to start your journey as soon as possible in the morning by 7 am. The return trek should start by 1:30 so you can reach back till 5 PM.

The valley of flowers is open from June to October every year. The best time to visit is July to august because the valley is full of flowers at this time. There will be a maximum number of flowers with different varieties and quantities blooming at this time. In the month of September, there will be flowers also seen at hemkund Sahib. But September is the last month to visit before it is closed till next year. In this month the snowfall starts and slowly the seeds and flowers are buried under the snow.

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