13 Breathtaking Valley of Flowers Attractions
The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The credit for the discovery of the Valley of Flowers goes to the British mountaineers Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.Valley of Flowers, found in 1931 is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms encompassed by white pinnacles. Valley of Flowers national park in Uttarakhand is known basically for the blossoms that sprout in the valley amid the months of May to September. The Nanda devi national park is likewise worth going by for its interesting geology and species it underpins. While at the valley of blooms, you ought to likewise visit Joshimath, Govindghat and Mana. Find out about the 13 Breathtaking Valley of Flowers Attractions and nearby places .
1. Hemkund Sahib
The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. A star shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month.
It is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat and 4kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you are travel towards Hemkund Sahib. The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region remains opened from May to October.
Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. It is situated at an elevation of 1,982mts above sea level. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. According to myths and legends this is the place where Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva did penance involving ascetic and yoga practices to win over Shivaâ€™s heart.
4. Bedini Bugyal
Bedini Bugyal is a Himalayan Alpine meadow, situated at an altitude of 3,354 metres (11,004 ft) in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. Bedini Bugyal falls on the way to Roopkund near Wan village. Trisul and Nanda Ghunti are clearly visible from here. This lush green meadow is adorned with blooms in a wide range of varieties.
5. Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple, also called Badrinarayan Temple, situated along the Alaknanda river, in the hill town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand state in India, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple and town are one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines for Vaishnavites.
Govindghat, a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It lies around roughly 22 km from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6000 feet. It is the roadhead and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Hundreds of people, mostly Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers, arrive here everyday.
7. Vasudhara Falls
Vasudhara Falls is a waterfall situated near Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, India. Total distance from Badrinath to Vasudhara is 9 KM. It is a 6 km walkable trek from Mana village. Mana village is 3 km road route from Badrinath. The height of this falls is 400 ft(122 mt) Mana is usually accessible during the same time that the town of Badrinath is open to general public (usually from 2nd week of May to October or November every year*) by road from Badrinath.
8. Bheem pul
Legend says: While going to Swargarohini, pathway to heaven, Pandavas crossed this river whereas Draupadi refused to jump between the banks. Hence Bhim picked a large long stone and put across the river to enable Draupadi cross the river sun.
9. Lakshman Ganga River
Lakshman Ganga or Bhyundar Ganga is a Minor River that flows through the Bhuyandar Valley, from Hemkund Lake. It merges with Pushpawati River in Ghangaria.This is also called Byundar Ganga, and can be classified one of the smaller rivers that enrich the beauty of the Bhuyandar Valley running through the same. Its origin can be traced back to the Lake of Hemkund.
10. Nanda Devi National Park
Himalayan snow leopard is the major attraction of Nanda Devi National park amidst the valley of flowers and mountain ranges. Other animals found here are the endangered Asiatic black bear, blue sheep, and brown bear. It is also popular for its medicinal plants and herbs. Nanda Devi peak, which is one of the highest peaks of the world can be seen very closely from this National Park.
11. Narsingh Temple
The temple is about 1200 years old. Dedicated to Vishnu, the presiding deity of the temple is Narsimha, the half-man, half-lion and fourth incarnation of Vishnu. Like Govindghat, he is also sitting in the sukhasana. The characteristic feature of the deity is that its left wrist is very thin and is getting thinner by the day
12. Pushpawati River
A wide trace follows the Pushpawati River, first on the left and then on the right bank. At Ghangaria village the river converges with the Hemkund Ganga. Kundalinisen Plateau is located on the banks of this river. At Ghangharia, the Pushpavati River meets the Lakshman Ganga flowing from Hemkund.
13. Valley of Flowers National Park
The Valley of Flowers national park located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is a dream destination! The scenic beauty of this place is unmatched-mighty emerald mountains merging with the white clouds up high and forming spectacular alpine flower laden meadows down below while water gushes down in the steep sparkling waterfalls!