Trek with joy, feel the charm of nature and let yourself lose in the cradle of India’s most breathtaking national park Valley of Flowers. A unique biosphere reserve in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this natural wonder gives enough reasons to explore it than the mere excitement of winning height. Looks more like a painted canvas of an artist designed with strokes of colours, this valley brings an assortment of natural attractions like river, waterfalls, snow-bed, mountain cliffs and the most significant riots of colours.
Let us have a look what all exactly make this valley a heart-winner
The first reason that anyone would opt for going to Valley of Flowers is an extreme inclination towards photography. The landscape of this mesmerizing land is so breathtaking that you would go into trance the moment you reach here. This picture-perfect destination is dotted with so many varieties of known as well as unknown flowers that you would be in a subtle state of mind which moment should be framed.
In comparison to other popular treks situated at the same heights, Valley of Flowers requires lesser energy. Though the National Park is situated at a height of around 3658m, it is easy to access and requires 4 to 5 days to come across. The trek starts from Govindghat. In Ghangaria, the trek gets deviated with one route approaching towards Gurudwara Hemkunt Sahib and another route going towards the Valley of Flowers.
Even though the travellers are not allowed to camp inside the park, a step inside the wildlife reserve is enough to bewitch you. On the way to Valley of Flowers, you will get to see several cascading waterfalls, a glance of which will soak all your exhaustion. The famous mountain ranges of Zanskar and Great Himalayas surround the park from all sides.
Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this biosphere reserve seeks the attention of international travellers. The Valley of Flowers stands on a transition zone between the Eastern and Western Himalayan flora. Seven restricted-range bird species are endemic to this part of the Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area (EBA). The trek from Ghangria towards Valley of Flowers is lined with perfumed wildflowers, wild rose bushes and wild strawberries.
More than a mere national park, Valley of Flowers is a prominent trek too. And that is why a varied of travel lovers can head to this spot. The valley has three sub-alpine forests levelled at different heights protecting around 500 species of wild flowers. Couple of endangered animals like Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, red fox and brown bear can be seen walking close to the trekking trail.
Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain peak in India, situated at an altitude of 7824m can be seen from Valley of Flowers National Park. The avid nature lovers might find the presence of this gigantic and rugged mountain peak complementing the utter soft vistas of the Valley of Flowers.
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