About Valley of Flowers National Park
Mirroring a galore of alpine flora-fauna unceasing in the chasm of the Himalayas, Valley of Flowers nestled in the Bhyundar Valley of Chamoli district is one of the best-kept secrets of nature. Tucked away at an astounding elevation of 3,658 metres, the Valley of Flowers lies in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. A land of endless brooks, lush meadows bedecked with Himalayan flora-fauna, the Valley of Flowers lavishly sprawls over 87.50 square km of verdant land, measuring 8 km long and 2 km wide.
This treasured corsage located near Badrinath is a famous Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is among the most visited places in Uttarakhand. Nursing several rare and exotic plants, animals, birds and insect species, VOF is the second core zone of the prolific Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve that attracts many wildlife enthusiasts in its crevasses.
Valley of Flowers ‘Binding the different hues of Nature altogether’
VOF showcases a heterogeneous landscape, ranging from low-lying flat and gentle slopes to steep slopes, unstable glacial moraines, stream banks, forest meadow edges and snow bound areas. This unique geo-morphological heterogeneity has resulted in a rich biodiversity of flowering plants, luring a number of botanists and tourists across the globe to visit here. In the year 1998, the park recorded a total of 521 species of vascular plants and total of 13 wild mammal species within the park and its surrounding areas.
Blessed with the munificence of nature, VOF is one of the most beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valleys in India tempting the nature lovers, shutterbugs, avid travellers and researchers to explore the venerated land. Having Zanskar Valley and the Great Himalayas as its backdrop, VOF is also a home to several rare and endangered animals including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Apart from the varied animal species found here, one can also see a plethora of indigenous medicinal plants that are either rare or threatened.