Valley of Flowers National Park
Valley of Flowers National Park is in Uttarakhand.
Valley of flowers is famous for its outstanding natural beauty, endangered animals and endemic alpine flowers. This valley comes under the national park category of India. It is spread over an area of around 88 sq. Km.
Beautiful waterfalls, landscapes and meadow add more stars to the beauty of Valley of Flowers. This national park is surrounded by forests.
Valley of flowers was discovers by British Mountaineer Frank S Smythe when he was coming back after successfully climbing Mount Kamet in the year 1931. He came again in 1937 to explore valley of flowers. Later he wrote a book called Valley of flowers. You may get full information on valley of flowers here. Mr Smythe found lots of flowers at the valley of flowers. To download pdf format of the book written by him please click here.
 Flora and fauna
Flora: Orchids, Poppies, Primulas, Calendulas, Daisies and Anemones.
Fauna: Tahr, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Common Langur, Bharal, Serow, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear.
Best time to visit Valley of flowers is from July to August, this is the when climates remain best to trek this beautiful valley. Average rainfall in this area is almost 1800.2 mm. Valley of flowers is located at an altitude of 3250 to 6750 meters from the sea level. Maximum temperature in this area goes up to 17°C and Minimum goes down to 7°C. This temperature is best to trek this high altitude valley.
 Get in
Indian visitors have to pay a fees of INR 150 and Foreigners INR 600 for 3 a permit of days. Taking a still camera is free of cost and there is a charge for taking professional video camera. You can see this link for more information about the fees for making documentary and other type of films.
 Get around
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This places is surrounded by the seven snow covered peaks. Hemkund lake is holy lake for hindus and Sikhs. Best way to reach this place is through Govind Ghat, on the Badrinath road.
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Trekking: Valley of flowers is a world heritage site and among the natural wonders of the world. This beautiful valley is located at the feet of amazing snow peaks. This valley is almost 10 km long and almost 12 km wide. During the rainy season, the whole valley turns into a naturally created beautiful garden, with different verity of colorful flowers. This valley is located at an altitude of around 3500-4000 meters. There are few snow lakes and glaciers in this valley which increases the beauty of this place. 
Valley of flowers is famous for its excellent natural trekking trail, it is the home for many beautiful flowers like Cobra Lily, Blue Poppy and Brahmakamal. This is a must visit place for the flower and nature lovers.
Children below 10 years will find the trekking from govindghat to ghangharia(14 kms) very difficult on foot or on horse back. It is very tiresome even for the adults. And the trek from ghangaria to vally of flowers ( to and fro) is done on foot which is not less than 10 km. It is surely not advised for young children.
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If you are really interested in various species of flowers, you can buy a CD from the check-post.
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Carry/Pack your lunch or snacks from Ghangria.
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Budget hotels are available at around INR 1400-1500 per night at Ghangaria. Dormitories are also available. However travellers cannot expect expensive luxury facilities. Still hotel Kriahna Place is one among the better hotels. You should not stay at tents at helipad grounds as they are one kilometer from Ghangaria and you need to trek one extra kilometer both ways from there. Electricity to Ghangaria reached last year.
Staying overnight at the park is not allowed. Visitors must visit it from Ghagaria and come back before it is dark.
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