Valley of Flowers National Park

About Valley of Flowers National Park

Nestled against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayan ranges, the Valley of Flowers National Park unfolds a mesmerizing panorama and promises an indelible experience for all who venture here. Encompassing an expansive 87 square kilometers in the Chamoli district, this park holds the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and constitutes one of the pivotal core zones within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, alongside the Nanda Devi National Park.

The inception of the valley’s discovery dates back to 1931 when a trio of British mountaineers, led by Frank S Smythe, serendipitously stumbled upon this awe-inspiring locale after losing their way. Captivated by its sheer beauty, they aptly christened it the “Valley of Flowers.”

True to its name, the Valley of Flowers is a haven where nature unfolds in all its glory, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. The landscape is adorned with an array of exotic flowers, boasting over 600 species such as orchids, poppies, primulas, marigolds, daisies, and anemones. Sub-alpine forests, dominated by birch and rhododendron, cloak sections of the park, while the trek to the valley introduces enchanting sights of cascading waterfalls and untamed streams. Situated at an elevation of approximately 3,600 meters above sea level, the valley also serves as the habitat for an impressive array of rare wildlife, including the gray langur, the flying squirrel, the Himalayan weasel, black bears, red foxes, lime butterflies, snow leopards, and the majestic Himalayan monal, among others.

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