Flower Valleys in India
The Indian sub-continent has always been known for its rich and varied biodiversity. And the most unique and integral part of this bounty biodiversity are the Flower Valleys which are characterised by vibrant colours, a wonderful floral aroma and the serenity that attracts the nature-lovers and botanists.
Here are some Flower Valleys of India that are absolutely divine and a must-visit when you are here.
At the meeting point of the great Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayas, the valley of flowers was discovered by Mountaineer Frank S Smith. In 1931 it has been declared a world heritage for the wild untamed blooms surrounded by mighty white peaks. It is extremely famous for its exotic varieties of medicinal herbs. There is also a mythological believe that lord Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the suffering Lakshmana from the valley of flowers. It is A perfect place to relax around the countless Himalayan waterfalls, streams and paddocks.
The Valley of Flowers trek is definitely India’s most popular treks in the Himalayas. There is a reason behind Valley of Flower’s legendary popularity, actually it is one of India’s oldest known treks.
In 1980, Indian government officially created the Valley of Flowers National Park and in 2002, it was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This drove Valley of Flowers on the bucket list of trekkers from around the globe.
How to reach there
Valley of Flowers is not connected by any of the motorable road. The nearest place is Govindghat (near Joshimath) which is roughly 17 km from Valley of Flowers. This distance could be covered by trekking. On nearing Gangaria that is roughly 3 km from the valley, the fragrance of the flowers starts coming and visitors are fascinated by the experience. The visitors need to take a permit card from Gangaria to enter in Valley of Flowers. The permit is valid for 3 days and you can trek can be done during daytime only. Joshimath is connected places in Uttarakhand and New Delhi.
How to reach there
Kaas is located at 25 km from Mahabaleshwar and at around 30 km from Satara. You may take a bus, or you may take a train from Mumbai to Kaas plateau through Panvel and Chiplun in around 8h 18m. Alternatively, RedBus also operates a bus from Mumbai to Satara in every 20 minutes. The Tickets may cost ₹550 – ₹800 and the journey generally takes 8h
Known as one of the most charismatic valleys in Nagaland, Dzkou Valley is a dazzling visual treat of hills, lush green forests, serpentine streams, and countless colourful blooms that cover the vast caldera of valley meadows around it. It is one of the best trekking routes in India. After one has completed the steep climb and subsequent two to three hours of walk through bamboo scrub, one probably begins enjoying gradually! The topography reveals that the valley is actually a bottom of a large crater of the long extinct volcano, and one can really look down over it from the rim of caldera.
At about 2,400 meters, there is a distinct kind of beauty, nearly desolate, particularly in the shadows of the early morning or late afternoon. Above the valley there is a huge mountain hut, that looks almost like a shed! Beside the hut, there is a tiny cluster of forest. Beyond this, there are a few steep hills which tempts one to climb over it for a better view. Undoubtedly, this valley presents a brilliant opportunity for young folks, who want to gain some incredible trekking experience.
this is the famous valley of flower trek of northeast. it is famous for the Dzukou lily that only bloom only in this particular region.
The Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is located 140 km north of Gangtok. It is Famous as “Valley of flowers”. Actually, it is a unique and exotic location with rivers, hot springs, yaks and lush green meadows. Situated at a height on 3564 metres, this spectacular valley is a wonderland for nature lovers as it is home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that have over 24 varieties of Rhododendron flowers.
Yumthang Valley is shut to tourists between December to March due to the intense snowfall in the region. Some hot springs in Yumthang Valley are regularly visited by tourists because they believe that hot springs have miraculous healing power. Apart from lush green meadows and Pine and silver forest, you can see spurting waterfalls and streams all along.
How to reach there
The garden is 9km away from Srinagar; you can get there using local transport or the private cars from the airport. Srinagar is within reach via direct flights from all around the world. You can also take bus or train to reach there.