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India’s hidden Valley of flowers

India’s hidden Valley of flowers

Top Six Valleys Of Flowers In India

India is famous for its stunning natural beauty, scenic landscapes, magnificent valleys, vast deserts, lush greenery forests and long coastlines. But the true magic lies in the hidden valleys, filled with enchanting meadows and dreamy hills. So isn't it beautiful to witness the spellbound beauty of the flower valleys in India? As if walking around flowery meadows and velvety meadows will shine up your day. So if you are a nature bounty lover, we know exactly why you should be going to your next destination. Here is a list of picturesque flower valleys in India that will sway you away.

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Dzukou Valley of Flowers

Dzukou Valley, lying at an elevation of about 2400 metres above sea level, is located in Nagaland. The Valley exhibits a fairytale of grandeur which is a feast for the eyes. Its natural beauty, overall flora and fauna in its intricate hilly folds and contours are incredible. The Valley is located on the bridge road of Manipur and Nagaland in Northeast India. Flowers of all kinds blanket the hills beautifully. The Valley is full of pink and white lilies. But if you are lucky enough, you can get some glimpse of rare Dzukou lilies soaking with other seasonal flora varieties like aconitums, euphorbias, rhododendrons and more. The Dzukou Valley Nagaland is one of India's famous flower valleys and trekking spots for adventure seekers. It offers panoramic views of the deep Valley, wild mountains and exotic flora.

 

Dzukou Valley of Flowers

Dzukou Valley

The Dzukou Valley trip is exceptional during summers, with vivid green hillocks and contrasts with bright blue skies and vibrant flowers. The Valley turns into a complete blanket of snow during winters. The Dzukou Valley Flowers begin to bloom during the onset season of the monsoon. The magnificent Valley is at its best from June to September as the Valley has a plethora of hues in its incredible landscapes. There are two ways to get Dzukou Valley trekking- a trek from Viswema village or Zakhama village. We can't decide which to prefer as both have beautiful sceneries.

  • Best time to visit Dzukou Valley : June to September
  • Entry fee: INR 30 per person.
  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Famous tourist spots: Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Museum, Naga Heritage village.
  • How to reach Dzukou Valley: You can take a cab or bus from Kohima to Viswema village or Zakhama. From there, one can reach Dzukou Valley via taxi.

 

Yumthang Valley of Flowers

Yumthang Valley is situated at an elevation of 3564 metres in North Sikkim. It is famously known as the "Sikkim Valley of Flowers." Have you ever imagined witnessing the mesmerising Valley full of flowers at the backdrop of snowy mountains with hot springs and yaks? It almost sounds like a dream, right? But such a place exists in the divine beauty of Sikkim called 'Yumthang Valley of flowers'. Yumthang Valley is a picturesque beauty and magic of nature to stones at its best. Its exhilarating and magical surroundings of zillion flowers, serene river and spectacular mountains make it a must-visit place for every traveller.

The best time to witness the 24 species of Rhododendron flowers blooming is from late February to mid-June. Where wildflowers like Poppies, Louseworts, Primroses, and Cobra lilies and more bloom into absolutely scenic landscapes.

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Valley is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. If you plan to visit Yumthang Valley in April, then witness the flowers bursting into full bloom. The Valley is home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which houses the rare rhododendron species. There are few hot springs and waterfalls in Yumthang Valley Sikkim, and tourists often visit it as it is believed to have medicinal healing power. The Yumthang Valley weather stays at 21°C from February till mid-June as the Valley turns into a beautiful sea of multicoloured flowers covering the Valley. It is a sight to behold. One of the things to do is visit the zero point in Yumthang Valley. It is 23 km away from the Valley at an altitude of 15,000 feet, with views of three rivers meeting and snow-clad mountains. One can enjoy the mesmerising views of snow.

  • Best time to visit Yumthang Valley, Sikkim: Late- February to mid-June and September to December to witness the clear sky and snow-capped mountains.
  • Permit: As Yumthang Valley is situated close to the China border. A protected area permit is required to visit the Valley. So you must get permission from Gangtok Tourism Office, District Administrative Center at Mangan, or Chungthang Sub-Divisional Magistrate's office.
  • How to reach: By Train: 216 KM away from New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station
    • By Air: 222 KM away from Bagdogra International.
    • Hire a jeep or a car from Lachung to reach the Valley.
  • Tourist places to visit : Seven Sister Falls, Lachen town, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Lachen Monastery, Yumthang Chu etc.
  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee required to visit Yumthang Valley.
  • Many days required: It takes nearly 7-8 hours to reach Yumthang Valley of flowers.

Munnar Valley of Flowers

Munnar is known for its rolling canvas of sloppy tea plantations, gushing streams, pristine beauty and pleasant climate. A visit to the Valley of dark emerald green coloured plantation and few lone houses in the midst will charm and make you fall in love with this place. Munnar is one of the top hill stations in South India for honeymooners. Some places to visit in Munnar are Cheeyappara and Lakkam Waterfalls, Echo point, Kolukkumalai, Mount Carmel church, Pothamedu viewpoint, etc. Munnar is an idyllic hill station located in the western ghats of Kerala. It used to be a summer retreat for British rulers during colonial times. Munnar Weather remains pleasant throughout the year. But avoid travelling during the monsoon. People, especially during summers, visit here to escape from the scorching heat in other parts of the country. Munnar is home to endangered species like Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr.

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Neelakurinji that blooms once every 12 years

The top station Munnar is famous for is a quaint little town famous for its rare flowering plant called Neelakurinji that blooms once every 12 years. The next Neelakurinji bloom is expected to occur in 2030. It gives nature lovers, travellers, and explorer's an important goal to witness this spectacular wonder of nature. The best time to visit Munnar is between August and October, as the green meadows are covered with stunning mesmerising lavender-coloured flowers. Munnar tourism has segregated throughout the region with various trekking and camping viewpoints to indulge in adventure activities. Munnar, Kerala, is the top destination for hill stations and the most extensive tea-producing plantations in South India.

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Best time to visit Munnar

  • Best time to visit Munnar: August to October, Peak bloom begins at the end of September until October.
  • Timings: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Entry fee: No fees are required
  • Permit: permits will be issued by the Tamil Nadu forest department and Kerala.
  • How to reach Munnar:
    • The Cochin international airport is the nearest airport to Munnar. The airport is well-linked with all major cities in India. From the airport, cab services are steadily available to reach Munnar.
    • One can also reach Munnar via road by hiring a cab or taking a bus to Munnar.
    • The nearest railway station is located in Kochi or Ernakulam. Munnar is situated at a distance of 120km from Kochi.
  • Famous tourist spots in Munnar, Kerala:
  • The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Marayoor, Mudapetty Dam, to name a few.

Tulip Garden Kashmir

India Gandhi Tulip Garden in Kashmir is considered the most extensive tulip garden in Asia. The tulip garden is home to 48 varieties of magnificent tulips and other flora species. Such as hyacinths, narcissus, daffodils, muscaria and iris make for one picturesque location in Srinagar. It is a must-visit place to brighten up your day by watching the colourful podium of tulip varieties. Tulip garden, Kashmir, is situated on the foothills of Zabarwan Range with an enthralling world famous Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. Tulip Garden, Srinagar, is surrounded by Chashma Shahi, Nishat bagh and Mughal gardens. The annual festival is held during spring between March and May, depending on when the flowers bloom. The tulip garden is home to 15 lakh tulips of 46 varieties in a seven-terraced garden.

Tulip Garden Kashmir

Best time to visit Tulip garden

  • Best time to visit Tulip garden, Srinagar: March to April
  • Timings: 9 am to 7 pm.
  • Entry fees: INR 25 /-for children and INR 50 /- for adults.
  • Tourist spots to visit: Dal lake, Mughal gardens, Shankaracharya temple, and so on.
  • How to reach Tulip Garden, Srinagar:
    • By Road - Tulip Garden, Srinagar is easily accessible by road.
    • By Air - The nearest airport from tulip garden in Srinagar international airport. There are cabs or taxis available outside the airport to take you to the tulip garden in Kashmir.

A visit to these top valleys of flowers in India will make you believe in heaven. After all, you only get a few chances in your life to witness this magic of nature. So pack your bag and take an adventurous trip to these blooming valleys of flowers in India.

Valley of Flower Uttarakhand

This beautiful Valley of flowers located in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, offers a striking resemblance to ethereal landscapes and vast expanses of meadows. During summer, the Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand blooms into a scenic paradise with exotic flora. There are hundreds of varied alpine flowers here which have medicinal properties. The Valley of flowers national park is situated 3658 metres above sea level and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inside the valley of flowers national park, it has around 300 species of wild flora such as Calendula, Dianthus, Himalayan blue poppy etc. And 500 species of rare fauna like musk deer, blue sheep, snow leopard and red fox.

The Valley of flowers is a magnificent beauty surrounded by snow-clad mountains and sparkling glaciers. It turns the whole Valley like a fairy tale just out of the frozen movie. Apart from the dazzling meadows, you can also see butterflies, birds alongside the running stream named Pushpavati. It makes the scenery an unbelievable masterpiece beyond any comparison in the world. Through the Valley of Flowers, Many botanists, mountaineers and renowned trekkers went trekking here in the past. During the severe flood in 2013, the trekking route to the Valley of flowers national park was damaged. But slowly, the Valley reopened in 2015 for the entire season. If you are an adventurer, then this destination is worth visiting all the troubles in the world. The Valley of flowers national park is open between June and October. However, July to August is the best time to witness the Valley of meadows blooming with bright flowers.

Valley of Flower Uttarakhand

The landscape of the Valley of flowers national park is situated near the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is the second core which is initially known as Bhyunder valley. The Valley of flowers is on everyone's bucket list. The 6.2 miles trek is worth doing. As when you reach the Valley of Flowers, you will get mesmerised to witness the wonders of mother nature. The area is affluent in the biodiversity of flora and fauna. It is home to some rare species of Wallich varieties of cobra lilies, marigold, Brahma kamal, Rhododendron, Daisies etc. In addition, endangered species such as Brown bears, blue sheep and Asiatic Black bears are found here. The meadows in the Valley change their colours throughout the season from May to October.

Valley of Flower Information

Valley Of Flower Trek Uttarakhand

The starting point of the trek is from Haridwar. The duration to start and complete the trek takes five days and six nights. The Valley of flowers trek difficulty is of moderate level, and a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib will challenge the endurance level. This trek is India's oldest known trek.

Best time to visit the Uttarakhand Valley of Flowers

  • Permit: The permit to enter the park is instantly available at the entrance of the park. The permit is issued for INR 50 per day for Indians and INR 250 per day for foreigners.
  • Where is the Valley of flowers located in India: Govindghat near Joshimath in Uttarakhand
  • Best time to visit the Valley of Flowers: June to October
  • Valley Of Flower Timings: 7.00 am till 2.00 pm
  • Valley Of Flower Cost Required: Most of the trek will cost between INR 8000 - 13000
  • Valley Of Flower Camera charges: For the professional video camera, the charges for Indians are INR 500 and INR 1500 for foreigners.
  • Valley Of Flower entry fee: INR 150 for Indians and INR 600 for foreigners.
  • Valley Of Flower Top Attractions: Joshimath, Badrinath Temple and Auli.
  • How to reach the Valley of flowers:
    • By Air - The Valley of flowers from Dehradun airport is 295 kilometres away.
    • By Train - The nearest railway station is Rishikesh from the Valley of flowers.

Kaas Plateau Satara - Valley of Flowers Maharashtra

In Maharashtra's Satara district lies this spectacular biodiversity hotspot. The Kaas Plateau is one of Maharashtra's famous attractions and a biodiversity world heritage site by UNESCO. At 24 km from Sahara, Kaas Plateau is located in the Sahyadri ranges of western ghats. Kaas Plateau is also known as the Plateau of flowers as it blooms with 850 varieties of flora. The Plateau is an ideal spot for botanists and nature lovers. Imagine yourself in the middle of a sea of flowers that makes you forget everything in the world. One might witness different scenarios throughout the morning and evening as the mountainous region keeps changing into a multicoloured one with many wildflowers. It is best to plan your trip around August to September to witness the Kaas Plateau season blooming into a full glow. You'll find some seasonal flowers in full bloom, like the famous Pleocaulus ritchei or Topli Karvi, which comes to life every 7-8 years. Some of the exotic flora found here are orchids, Indian Arrowroot, Dipcadi flower, tropical sundew and what not. Among the 850 species of different flowering plants, 624 species are listed in the IUCN Red List.

Kaas Pathar

Along with visiting here, the places near the Kaas Plateau are Vajrai, Thoseghar waterfalls, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaas lake, which lies close to the Plateau. The Kaas Plateau is in full colour in monsoon with Kumudini or the lotus flower blossom blooming into a full glow of bright colours. The pandemic has been a blessing in disguise to these mother nature's creations as the Plateau of flowers has transformed into a sea of flowers. This will bring a revival change into the biodiversity hotspot in the coming months. The Government has restricted visitors to 2000 per day to control possible damage to the Valley.

Kas Pathar Information

  • Best Time to visit Kaas Plateau: Late-August to October.
  • Timings: 7am-10am; 10am-1pm; 1pm-4pm; 4pm-7pm ( Permits are available for purchase on forest department website )
  • Entry Fees: INR 100 for Saturday, Sunday, and Govt holidays. INR 50 on other days. No fees for senior citizens.
  • Famous tourist spots: Kaas lake, Sajjangad and Thoseghar waterfalls.
  • How to reach:
    • From Mumbai, it takes 5 hours to reach via the Mumbai - Pune expressway and then NH4.
    • From Satara, it will take 1 hr to reach Kaas valley by bus. There are buses available at the Satara bus stand.
  • Permit: Most of the days, the permit is available online during the weekend. But it would help if you visited Kaas Pathar to get a permit.

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