Valley of Flowers is situated in the North of Chamoli in the Uttrakhand, which is not just a lust to the eyes but also a home for rare and endangered species like Snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, red fox, and blue sheep. This valley is known for its alpine vegetation and thick greenery which is situated at 3.5 km above the sea level. It is not just a valley or a national park but is tagged as a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is the core zone of Nanda Devi biosphere reserve and is endemic to various rare birds. It is one of the best places to visit at least once in your lifetime, you will witness how heaven looks like.
History of Valley of flowers
Till 1931 this place was totally unknown or you can say not discovered. But then some British mountaineers who were returning from the expedition of Mt.Kamet lost their way back and founded themselves in this beautiful valley of flowers. One of them was Frank Smythe who later authored a book named as “valley of flowers” after getting inspired from the beauty of the valley.
As this place is rich in greenery, flora and fauna so many botanists visited this place for study. When you will visit this place you will find a memorial stone of Joan Legge who was a renowned botanist deputed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. - She lost her life after slipping from a stone while studying the types of flowers in the valley.
Where to stay?
Well you cannot stay in a national park overnight as it can be dangerous plus authorities will also not allow you to stay there as there is no accommodation in the national park. You can make Ghangharia your base camp and you can stay there in any of the private lodges or any hotel out there.
List of Package and cost
There are lot many packages available on the tourism websites of valley of flowers and Uttrakhand – Uttaranchal. You can either take your personal vehicle or you can choose any of the packages from these sites as per your preference or which suits your budget. You can also ask them for modifications as it depends whether you want to visit some other spots along with the valley of flowers or not. I am going to tell you some packages which are cheap as possible so that you can make your budget and modify your journey accordingly.
1. Do it yourself trek – If you don’t want to join any group or you love to travel solo than this package is for you. It is pocket-friendly as well and you will able to cover valley of flowers along with Hemkund Sahib.
- You will have to reach Ghangharia to access this package
- You will have reserved accommodation for meals.
- No need to travel or follow a guide
- Explore on your own conditions
- Cost – Rs. 6000 for 4days/3 nights
2. Three-night Package – If you are planning to visit some other places like Auli, or Badrinath than this package is for you.
- Deluxe accommodation for three nights
- All-day meals
- A guide will escort you
- Cost – Rs.9900 4days/ 3nights
This was just an idea and base value so that you can make up your mind. There are as many packages as you want on the websites, you can ask any broker for more information and modify your plans according to your budget.
So, guys, this was it, I hope you find this blog informative and helpful, make sure that whenever you travel such places do inform your family or friends as in case of any emergency you are accessible to get help especially if you are traveling solo.