The Valley of Flowers National Park is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This national park is bounded by Nepal and Tibet. This magnificent valley comes alive with more than 300 varieties of Alpine flowers during the monsoon season, and the entire valley blooms with a carpet of flowers in a variety of colours. This natural wonder is set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The park is located at a height of 3,600 metres (11,811.0 feet) above sea level and covers an area of approximately 87.5 square kilometres. It was established as a national park in 1982 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a sight worth seeing if you are in good shape and don’t mind a long hike.
1. Start at New Delhi. Choose your method of transportation that will take you in the right direction to reach the park:
Flying: Take a flight up to Dehradun.
Other transportation: Alternatively, you can either take a train, hire a car or take a bus directly to Rishikesh on Dehradun.
2. Book a hotel room for the night. You must spend one night in either Dehradun or Rishikesh. You can resume your journey to the part the next day, but keep in mind that it will take a full day.
3. Travel to Joshimath by road from Rishikesh or Dehradun. The journey could take anywhere from 11 to 13 hours. Joshimath has many reasonably priced hotels and is located at an elevation of 1,890 metres (6,200.8 feet) above sea level. Spend the night here because the park is still some distance away.
4. Hire a taxi the next day to get to Govindghat. Joshimath is another 21 kilometres (13 miles) away from Govindghat. The difficult 17-kilometer (11-mile) trek to the Valley of Flowers park begins here.
5. Continue your journey to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is reached after a 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) steep and difficult climb. This small village has a few small hotels where you can spend the night. Ghangaria serves as a base camp for the Valley of Flowers and Gurudwara Hemkund Saheb. However, the routes for both of these are distinct and must be completed on separate days.
It should be noted that you are not permitted to spend the night in the park. The only place to stay is at the Ghangaria base camp. Plan ahead of time, including the six-hour return trip to the park.
6. Trek for an additional three hours to reach the Valley of Flowers. Gurudwara Hemkund Saheb is located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Gangharia.
Part 1 Access and flowering times
1. Learn about the access and flowering times to help you decide when to go:
May: Access to the park begins in the last week of May, with fewer flowers but little rain.
June brings more flowers, but not in large numbers. Many pilgrims will occupy the available lodging spaces. Rain will not be an issue for the time being.
July and August: From June to mid-July, many flowers will be in bloom. The majority of the flowers, approximately 650 species in total, are visible from mid-July to mid-August.
September is the last month to visit the park during the autumn season. Many of the flowers have faded and gone to seed. This trip is only available during the last week of September.
Other months: The park is inaccessible due to snow.
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