Away from the pollution and the busy life in the cities, the Valley of Flowers in the northern state of Uttarakhand is a perfect destination for trekkers, nature lovers and botanists.
The Valley of Flowers sprawls over the area of about 87.5 sqkm and is classified as a National Park since 1982 and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located 300 kilometres North of Rishikesh (a spiritual hub that hosts the International Yoga Festival every year).
There is no road connectivity to the Valley of Flowers and you’ll have to trek to experience its beauty. Ghangharia is the base camp for the trek to this majestic valley.
Fresh air and colours
The best time to visit is from May to September. These pictures were taken during the monsoon and the rain simply enhanced its beauty. The vision is indeed magical : clouds descending regularly in the valley, snow-covered peaks of the mountains and fresh air that makes you feel rejuvenated. The Pushpawati River flows through the valley and many milky streams can be visible on the hills. As you walk through the green meadows, you’ll be enchanted with clusters of flowers of multiple colours. There are indeed 650 species of flowers in the valley. Some locals believe that it was once inhabited by fairies ; the Valley is even mentioned in the Ramayana (holy hindu book), this is where the God Hanuman collected the Sanjeevani Buti (magical herb) for curing lord Lakshmana.
Temi, South Sikkim
Ras Al Khaimah