Valley of Flowers
General Information
Area : 87.5 sq km.
Altitude : Between 3,352 to 3,962 m.
Accessibility
Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 319 km.
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 302 km.
Road :
Off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, 17 km from Govindghat, 25 km from Badrinath. From Govindghat the distance has to be trekked. Bus services are available to Govindghat. Porters are available at Govindghat and Ghangharia.
Accommodation
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Info Centre
For Reservations Contact:
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath, Distt. Chamoli.
Tel.: 222179.
Rishikesh (Yatra Office),
DGM (Tourism),
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.,
Tourist Information Centre,
(Advance Reservation Centre),
Shail Vihar, Haridwar Bye Pass Road, Rishikesh - 249201.
Tel.: 0135-2431793, 2431783, 2435174, 2432648, 2430799, 2430357(R).
Fax: 0135-2430372.
Email: yatra@gmvnl.in, yatraoffice@sancharnet.in .
Valley Of Flowers

While on an expedition to Mt. Kamet, Frank S. Smith, an English mountain explorer and botanist, discovered the Valley Of Flowers. Bustling with beautiful, lively and vibrant colours, this park spread over an area of 87.5 km has the largest collection of wild flower species. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilization, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhiyundar valley. Legend associate this valley with area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected 'Sanjeevani' herb to revive Lakshman.

As though created by nature itself, the beauty of the park is enhanced by the Pushpawati river flowing in the vicinity overlooked by the towering Rataban peak in the background. More than 300 species of wild flowers like the Himalayan blue poppy, daisy, dianthus, calendula, white and yellow anemones bloom and swing with life during the monsoons.

Also inhabiting the place are the Himalayan black bears, musk deers, brown bears, snow leopards, tahr, bharal, serow and an amazing variety of butterflies. A large number of nature lovers, environmentalists and tourists descend upon the valley every year. The valley can be visited only during the day and overnight stay is prohibited.
Eating Out: Dining facilities are available at Ghangharia.
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