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Valley of Flowers Garhwal, Uttarakhand
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Chamoli, the abode of Gods, reputed for its shrines and temples, is one of the hill districts of Uttarakhand, India.

 

Endowed with natural splendour this enchanting land cradled in the Himalayas is a gift from the Gods.  Every monsoon, the land wears a new mantle as if swept by a magic wand, dazzling and captivating with thousands bloom that burst in riotous hues, a wondrous metamorphosis so fascinating and breathtaking, is the Valley of Flowers. Chamoli is one place that resonates with spirituality and with its stupendous wealth of flora it is magnificent.

 

Chamoli with its splendour, pristine glory and mesmerizing environs, is a beacon attracting tourists from all over the globe. The trek by the bridle path to the Valley is relatively easy, an ideal place to rediscover your roots, appreciate and enjoy nature's heavenly bounty. This surreal experience for sure will set your mind blazing with an everlasting impression, so beautiful and profound.

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Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled high in West Himalaya, is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, meadows of endemic alpine flowers and endangered animals.

 

The existence of valley was always known to the locals who avoided it; they believed it was inhabited by fairies. It was introduced to the world as the Valley of Flowers by Frank S, Smith - mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work. He authored a book called "The Valley of Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature-enthusiasts all over the world.

 

The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.

 

The Valley of Flowers is a kaleidoscope showcasing nature's bounty with a vision so splendid, a profusion of beautiful wild flowers splashing the alpine meadow in vibrant colours. One gets to see some very rare floral species like the Brahmakamal(as per legend blooms every 12 years), the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and trekkers.

 

Hemkund

Hemkund a glacial lake surrounded by seven snow capped peaks, situated about 29 km from Joshimath via Govindghat, is one of the famous scenic and holy spots of the central Himalaya. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Sapt shring peaks feed the lake and it is the source of a small stream called Himganga.

 

It is believed that Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births, as alluded to in the holy Granth Sahib. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman Temple build on the bank of the lake. It is believed Lakshmana was brought here after he fell unconscious in the war with Ravana.

 

A very popular trekking destination, Hemkund is a 15 km trek from Govindghat. The trek trail is through forest of conifers where rhododendron, wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers abound. The view is breathtaking,with the snow capped peaks as backdrop, the surging waters of the Lakshman Ganga and the vast stretches of green. The treks till Ghangharia, the base for visiting Hemkund is relatively easy, but the last leg of five kilometres from here is an arduous path up hill.

 

Tungnath

Tungnath (lord of the peaks), has the highest temple in the world, located at an elevation of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), the Tungnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in  Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the order of the Panch Kedars.

 

Chopta Tungnath trek

Besides being a religious place, it is also a well known trekking destination. The trek starts from Chopta (9,600 ft), the climb is moderate though steep at times, the path is paved with stones and there are benches en-route to rest and enjoy the panoramic view of majestic peaks of the Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth and Kedarnath mountains.

 Getting there

Location

Chamoli District in north-east Garhwal.

 

Distance

 

280 km north-east of Rishikesh.

 Fast Facts
Name Valley of Flowers Best Time To Visit March to October
Location Garhwal   Uttarakhand   North   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   20-27C      Winter   7-10C      Rainy   15-22C
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