Valley of flowers a world heritage site well known for its vigorous environment. UNESCO has declared it as a world heritage site in 1931. Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, Eastern and Western Himalayas makes a perfect paradise of nature. Lord Hanuman brought Sanjivani to heal Lakshman from this valley According to popular Hindu belief. In the recent times, it has become a popular picnic spot among the tourists. Tourists may relish on the gaze of numerous waterfalls, streams, and flowers around the area. We might believe that heaven might be the most beautiful place to visit but this place is no less than that. You could spot the rarest variety of flowers like the golden lily.
For food lovers: Unfortunately, there’s nothing major in this area, only small tea stalls. Therefore tourists are recommended to carry their own food into this area. Though few hotels and resorts may offer some typical Indian food at a high price.
Here are the few places to visit in Valley of flowers:
Valley of Flowers National Park:
UNESCO has declared it as a world heritage site. One could arguably say that it the next thing closest to heaven. This park is the home to some of the rarest flowers, along with various Himalayan waterfalls. Streams and paddocks etc. The odor of the flowers starts coming from a great distance while you visit this place, the smell is completely mesmerizing. It’s like getting high on a dose of opium. To enter the valley of flowers the visitor is required to take a permit from Gangaria to enter the Valley of Flowers. However, the permit is valid for only 3 days. Visitors can explore the valley only during daytime, guards often patrol to secure the area.
Flora and Fauna:
The Valley is the home to various endangered species like the Asiatic black bear, musk deer, flying squirrel, blue sheep, red fox, snow leopard etc. But animal population is nothing compared to the huge variety of flowers and plants. Bird watchers often visit this place to observe the rare migratory birds. Famous species of flowers: Poppies, marigold, daisies, orchids, and anemones. You can spot over 500 species of plants in this valley. Furthermore, some of these plants have immense medicinal values. Big Ayurvedic firms are establishing the foundation of their firm in the area.
It is one of the sacred pilgrimages for the Sikh community. Located at an estimated altitude of 4329m above the sea level. The literal translation of the name is “the lake of snow” which is true as the water of the lake is as cold as snow. People reach it by trekking through various waterfalls and dense forest. This gurudwara only opens for a few months, during the summers. Hemkund Sahib is close down during the winters due to extreme climatic conditions. Interestingly is the highest Gurudwara of the Sikh community in the world.
Nanda Devi National Park:
This park is specifically famous for snow leopard. Located in the valley of flowers and mountains it a home to various endangered species like Blue sheep, brown bear, and Asiatic Black bear. People are often seen excavating herbs from the plantations for medical purposes. Nanda Devi peak can be seen through this national park. Recently UNESCO has declared this national park to be one of the World Heritage Sites.