5 things you might not know about the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand
The land of Gods, Uttarakhand is one of those beautiful places on earth that replicate heaven. With the Himalayan ranges as the backdrop, this state is home to mesmerizing exotic places like Rishikesh, Dehradun, KedarKantha, Mussoorie, Devprayag, and many more. Elongating this list of scenic beauties is the Valley of Flowers, situated in the Chamoli district.
The valley of flowers is yet another serene place on this earth encapsulating the beauty of blissful sceneries, panoramic mountains, mystical flora and fauna. To reach this pristine beauty you have to take a 17km trek. Every travel junkie has this place in their places-to-trek list. Trust us it is worth your hard work.
Despite being one of the most alluring places in Uttarakhand many people don’t know the basic facts of this heavenly valley. So, if you are planning to trek your way to the valley of flowers then here are 5 facts that you might not know about it.
- It was one of the undiscovered beauties until 1931
3 mountaineers, Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton, and R.L. Holdsworth, stumbled upon the valley of flowers after being lost while descending Mount Kamat. Smythe witnessing the vast blanket of flora named it the valley of flowers, which was first known as the Bhyundar valley.
2. The snow blankets the divinity in winters
The valley is only open for tourism from June to September. As soon as the snow melts towards the end of May the place is opened for visiting. Also, the best time to visit here is the monsoon. This is the speciality of this trek. Unlike other treks, this one is fit for climbing only in monsoons. The pristine flora blossoms only in the monsoon season. Which makes it a tough climb but worth it.
3. The valley once housed the Sanjeevni Booti
According to our Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman used Sanjeevni booti to revive lord Laxman. Guess where did he find it? The valley of flowers itself. This place has a religious significance to it as many devotees believe that sanjeevni booti is still present among the hundreds of species of flowers.
4. The valley is not an easy climb
Reaching the core of the valley is quite a challenge even for experienced trekkers. Due to the monsoon season, the slope is pretty slippery and tough to climb. There are many spots where you may find a steep slope that takes hours to cross. It takes at least 3 days to trek all the way to Hemkund Sahib, which is at an altitude of approximately 14000 ft. so, the ones who wish to visit this heaven need to be mentally and physically fit to complete the climb.
The trekkers are not allowed to camp in the vicinity of the valley. Although there are hotels and facilities available for you to lodge.
5. The trek to the valley embraces the Hemkund sahib Gurudwara
The Sikh devotees worldwide worship this Gurudwara as it is known to be the meditating spot of their 10th Guru. The temple, enclosed within glacier-clad mountains, limelights as an enchanting paradise on earth. These glaciers are the main source of Hemkund Lake as well.
Despite being a tough climb, many mountaineers and trekkers are attracted to this captivating valley. The locals worship this place due to its religious history as well as its income source. Once the government banned any human activities such as hunting, grazing or plucking any of the floral life, the local villagers live on the tourism money.
The valley of flowers is a must-visit place. After the 11-hour drive to the base camp, there are no vehicles allowed further. The only way to reach the top is on foot (which is the ideal way of trekking) or on mules.
Mountains have always been an outstanding way of witnessing heaven. If you want to do th4e same Valley of flowers is exactly the place to be. It holds every realm of beauty one can ask for. The sunsets, the flowers, the exotic scenery of the divine Himalayan ranges, the shimmering rivers and lakes and the majestic temple. The valley is definitely a place to be visited once in a lifetime.