This gorgeous valley in the Himalayas, with the greatest concentration of exotic wild flower species, was established in 1982. The park spans an area of 87.5 sq. kms and is perched on the upper reaches of the Bhyundia Ganga of Chamoli district of Garhwal.
The Valley of Flowers was discovered by accident, by an English mountaineer, Frank Smythe, while on an expedition to Mt. Kamet. The Pushpawati river flows by the valley while the awesome Rataban peak forms a spectacular backdrop.The park boasts more than 300 species of wild flowers like the Himalayan blue poppy, snake city, white and yellow anemones, daisy, calendula and dianthus. A wide variety of butterflies, snow leopard, brown and Himalayan black bears, tahr, musk deer, bharal and serow are the other attractions of the national park .
♦ How to Get There :
Rail: The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh.
Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 315 kms approx.
Road: Off the Rishikesh-Badrinath road, 16 kms from Govindghat (24 kms from Badrinath).