Who knew a chanced discovery on a lost path will uncover a paradise. Valley of flowers was one such discovery. Back in 1931 a British traveler Frank Smith stumbled upon this divine spot that created a stir among nature lovers. Nestled under the watchful eyes of the great Himalayas, this mesmerizing place is set at an altitude of 3,858 m. With a million species of wild blooms coming together, it appears like an ocean of flowers which seem to have no end. Blessed with rich flora, this spot serves as a home to several birds and beasts.
It is rare to find such a place full of flowers, thus the virgin beauty of this whimsical valley lures countless nature lovers, botanists and ardent roamers. Declared as the National Park of India by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, this scenic hamlet is one among the most popular tourist places in India. Trekkers who follow its trails are bewildered by its beauty and it gets nearly impossible for them to break its spell.
One of the most glorious sights to witness is the wildflowers rippling in the breeze on a sunny day. Apart from the celestial beauty of this place, trekkers visit it to find solace. Covered by snow for most of the year, Valley of Flowers becomes accessible in the month of June. Round the year this spot looks the most beautiful yet to witness the true enigma of this place one must choose the right season. August and September is the best time to head on to Valley of Flowers. Let’s check out 5 top reasons why to trip to this place in these months.
August & September, Ideal months for Valley of Flowers
1. Valley, from the shades of white to green
August & September are the months when the snow starts melting. This is one reason that makes this season idyllic for Valley of Flowers Trek. The rapidly melting snow gives way to varieties of small plants that start springing from the crevasses. With the melting of glaciers, one gets to witness the spectacular transition of the valley from shades of white to that of green. With new flowers blooming, the valley of flowers starts reaching its youth. This is something that one doesn’t get to witness in the rest of the months.
2. Cascading waterfalls, a sight worth witnessing
Are you a nature lover? If yes then you must trek to Valley of Flowers in the months of August & September. At this time, this spot looks no less than a picture postcard place as the frozen waters turn into enchanting waterfalls.Enjoy watching the glaciers turn into cascading waterfalls making their way across the valley. The mighty mountains in the background and the incredible sight of the water bodies dancing along, is a spectacle not to be missed.
3. Watch The Full Bloom
Get bewildered by the bewitching vistas as this will be the time when you get to witness the full bloom. Almost 650 varieties of flowers surround you at this time. Valley of flowers seems covered with a technicolor blanket of flowers casting a spell on you. This rare scene can only be witnessed in August & September. Flowers bloom everywhere in the riot of colors. Orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones carpet the ground. This is an unmatchable sight which can only be witnessed, once in a blue moon.
4. Spot out Himalayan birds & bees
Along with the flowers are wild birds & bees and many species of butterflies which can be seen hovering around the valley. A haven for bird watchers, one can best spot out rare species of birds like Himalayan vulture, yellow billed and red billed choughs, the nationally listed Himalayan monal pheasant, scaly-bellied and yellow-nape woodpeckers, great and blue throated barbets, snow pigeon etc. August & September is the ultimate time to catch glimpses of a variety of Himalayan species of birds & bees.
5. Best time for some breathtaking photography
What good would you do to this extremely intriguing place if you don’t indulge in some fascinating photography? In short your trip to Valley of Flowers would be incomplete without capturing the awe-striking views around you. Each click will speak volumes of this place which seems no less than a divine poetry or a mythological painting. Don’t forget to lug your camera to Valley of Flowers Trek. It’ll be a great time to capture incredible sites and carry home a bundle of unforgettable memories of this mystic valley.