The Valley of Flowers nestled in the Himalayas sprawls over an area of about 87.50sqkms along with heart throbbing alpine flowers. The entire valley is in full bloom with different varieties of colourful flowers close to 500 species of wild flowers especially in the months June to October. The Valley of Flowers is one of the smallest National Park in the Himalayas, off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road and can be reached by a trek of 16kms from Govindghat.The Valley of Flowers was mainly established as a reserve in the year 1982 mainly to safeguard the catchment area of the Pushpavati river which emerges from a glacier and flows down to join the Ganges. The natural geography is eye catching with the park being perched on the upper reaches of the Bhyundar Ganga and the Pushpawati River flowing by the valley with Rataban peak as its backdrop. The Valley remains closed with snow during the months of winter. The beauty of this Valley was first unwielded by a British mountaineer, Franksmith in the year 1931.Enchanted by the picturesque beauty of the valley; he named it as ‘Valley of Flowers’. There are references of this valley in the texts of Indian history and literature like that of Ramayana and Mahabharat.Though the park got established in the year 1982,only in July 2005 it was added to the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO along with the Nanada Devi National Park. This World Heritage site with its virgin mystical beauty is of major attraction for the nature and adventure lovers.
LOCATION :Valley of Flowers – Location The Valley of Flowers National Park is situated in the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga near Joshimath in Gharwal region of Chamoli district. About 595 kilometers from Delhi, the altitude of the place varies from 3,200 m to 6,675 m.