The Uttarakhand Govt has now opened the “Valley of Flowers” in Chamoli district for tourists, which is protected under the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“This season we have 50 species of flowers. Tourists to be allowed on the basis of negative RT-PCR report & have to abide by COVID-appropriate behavior,” says Amit Kanwar, DFO, Kedarnath Wildlife Division
The decision comes amid the bid to improve the tourism sector in Uttarakhand, tourism in the state suffered a lot due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Guidelines For Visiting Valley of Flowers
Keeping the health safety of all stakeholders at the utmost priority, the tourists wishing to visit the valley will have to submit a negative RT-PCR report and abide by all the COVID-19 protocols put in place across the state.
Entry Timings For Valley of Flowers
This picture-perfect location of Uttarakhand used to open on June 1 every year, but this time, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the State government had to halt the opening of the Valley of Flowers.
Entry to the “valley of flowers” begins at 7.00 am every day and the last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. Though the Valley is beautiful in May, June, and September. But to witness a maximum number of flowers, July and August are the most preferred months.
All About Valley of Flowers National Park
Presently more than 50 species of flowers are blooming in the valley. The Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the two main areas of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The place offers an ethereal view of exotic flowers like Orchids, Poppies, Primulas, Marigolds, Daisies, and Anemones. It is believed that in the Ramayana period, Hanuman came to this valley in search of the Sanjeevani herb.
The months of July, August, and September are considered the best to visit the Valley of Flowers. Mountain ranges and beautiful glaciers surround the valley and this area remains a center of attraction for its medicinal, flora, and fauna.
When the rainy season starts, the valley becomes a picturesque place with flowers and the whole place glows like a colorful palette. This divine place is also home to some rare and endangered creatures. The journey to the Valley of flowers is a zig-zag trail of 16 km, during which the tourist moves ahead while looking at the beauty of nature so that he does not find his journey difficult.