Thursday, May 26, 2011

Valley of Flowers - A Spectacular Himalayan Range

Think of a place in the panoramic Himalayan hills surrounded by the lush green meadows, dotted with numerous colorful flowers. How magical would that site be!

Do you wish to visit such place in real?

Plan Tour to Valley of Flowers – scenic destination located in the lap of Himalaya

Location of Valley of Flowers:

Visit Valley of Flowers National Park, which is the destination nestled in the lap of West Himalaya.

Situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand this place is blessed with the endemic alpine flowers and serene natural beauty. It is located at Chamoli district nearby Joshimath town of Garhwal region in the upper expanses of ''Bhyundar Ganga''. This is why the old name of this magnificent valley was Bhyundar valley.


There are several legends behind Valley of flowers, but the most famous amongst them is from holy Hindu epic Ramayana. According to which when Laxman ji (younger brother of Lord Rama) got injured by Meghnada (the son of Ravana) then to cure him this is the place where Hanumana found Sanjivani booti.


Due to the inaccessibility this place was disappeared from the tourist map, but once a British mountaineer Frank S Smythe lost his way while returning from the expedition to Mt. Kamet and he got to this valley. He was so much fascinated with the beauty of this flowery place that he named it as 'Valley of Flowers'. He also wrote a book named Valley of Flowers that revealed the secrets of this splendid place and opened the door of this verdant destination to all the nature lovers.

Valley of Flowers Trekking:

It is about 17 km trek to the Valley of flowers and the nearest town from here is Joshimath in Garhwal region. Joshimath is well connected via road through Haridwar and Dehradun.

The main trek starts from Govindghat which is a small place nearby Joshimath at an hour distance. From Govindghat after covering a path of 14 km the trekkers reach to Ghangaria which is just 3 km from the valley. The magical valley starts at a gorge over the Pushpawati river. Apart from trekking mountaineering at Valley of Flowers is a must do activity.

Flora and Fauna:

On your Eco tour to Valley of Flowers explore the exotic flora fauna found at its best. The park at valley is full of several varieties of flowers such as orchids, marigold, daisies, poppies and anemones etc. Besides the valley of flowers is enriched with more than 520 species of higher plants, 498 flowering plants and over hundreds of medicinal plants.

The place provides shelter to several endangered and rare species of animals like brown bear, Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, blue sheep, musk deer, red fox, langur, thar etc. The important birds you may encounter here are Himalayan golden eagle, Himalayan snow cock, sparrow hawk, snow pigeon, snow partridge etc.

So plan Himalaya tours to explore this magical gift of God – Valley of flowers and make your holidays the most mesmerizing ever. After your travel to valley of flowers you may move for Kullu Manali which is not so far from here, where you may enjoy the thrilling Manali-Rohtang pass.

Apart from that on your excursion trip from valley of flowers plan out a pilgrimage tour to Himalayas – exploring the holy cave of Amarnath while enjoying the adventurous Amarnath trekking tour, the adobe of Lord Shiva Kailash Mansarovar.

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