The Uttarakhand Forest Department is thrilled with the overwhelming tourist response this season at the world heritage site Valley of Flowers, located in district Chamoli. So far over 10,000 nature lovers and daventure seekers have toured the pristine valley , famous for its flora and beauty, thus making the highest turnout in a decade.
The response is remarkable as after the 2013 Kedarnath disaster tourism industry witnessed a major slump . The flash floods had an adverse affect on the tourism in Valley of flowers and is 2013 only 884 tourists visited the natural heritage site located in the Zanskar Valley. As the disaster took place on 16-17th June, almost two weeks after the park was opened for the tourists. The five month tourism season of the park got reduced to few weeks only.
The effect of the disaster is also prooved poor by the poor attendance recorded in 2014 , when only 181 tourist visited this popular tourist spot. This year 10,150 tourists have so far toured Valley of Flowers.
Chander Shekhar Joshi, deputy conservetor of Nanda Devi National Park , said, "Even last year over nine thousands tourist toured the valley of flowers."
This yeas the number has increased . As the trek to the park demand high level of fitness , there is a great craze among the trekkers below 45 age group to tour this nature’s paradise.
Located at an altitude of about 3,352 to 3,658 meters above the sea level , the park is opened for tourists on 1 June every year . This years favorable weather also played key role in the increase in the visitors.