There is something truly mesmerizing about nature and its creatures that it became an inspiration for the some of the greatest poets ever. From Wordsworth, Keats, Robert Frost to Kalidasa, all the poets felt the depth of irresistible beauty to the core of their heart and soul. Just as the field of golden daffodils brought ecstasy to Wordsworth, nature spreads it wings all over to make us feel its beautiful presence.
Can anything be more enchanting and fulfilling than taking a walk through a lush green valley with blooming flowers and a stream of pristine water with riveting crisscross patterns? It all sounds like a fairy tale and let me tell you that every tale is inspired by real life events, places and people. So, get ready to take a walk through some of the most magnificent valleys in India. I can already smell lilies!
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora, Valley of Flowers is located in West Himalaya, Uttarakhand. The area is home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and exotic blue sheep. The diverse area is also ideal for bird-watchers as you can spot a wide range of high altitude birds. This alluring place has floral pastures, running streams and beautiful backdrop of the mountains. With more than 140 flowers, the valley is in full bloom during July, August and September.
Best time to visit: July and August
Note: You will need a permit from the Forest Department, at Ghangaria which will be arranged mostly by the trek organizers.
Activity: A 17-kilometre trek from Gobindghat to reach the valley makes the visit more adventurous.
Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 600 (US$ 10 Approx) for foreigners.
Opening: 1st June Closing: 4th October
Timings: 7 am to 2 pm (you have to reach back by 5pm)
Dzükou Valley, Nagaland
Dzukou Valley, also famous as the “Valley of the Flowers of the North-East”, is embellished with lush green plains with colorful flowers blooming on them. The streams of crystal clear water passing swiftly makes the view all the more enchanting. Situated right at the border of Nagaland and Manipur, just behind the magnificent Japfu peak, the valley is surrounded by thick forests with cooing of birds that just adds to its charm.
The Dzukou and Japfu rivers traverse the valley quite elegantly to make it look heavenly and pristine. White and pink lilies, euphorbias, aconitums and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon. You can also spot Rhododendrons of different colours in the diverse land.
Best time to visit: June to September
Note: Visitors from the Indian mainland require an inner line permit to visit Nagaland and Foreign visitors need to register themselves at a local state government office in either Dimapur or Kohima.
Activity: Trekking and Camping
Entry Fee: INR 30
Timings: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
Arakhu Valley is an alluring hill station located near the Visakhapatnam district. At a height of 3,200 feet in the midst of the hills of Anantagiri, the valley has a number of tourist attractions to offer. Some of the must visit spots are attractive and aromatic coffee plantations, Padmapuran Botanical Garden, Tyda Village and Park, Borra Caves, Dumbriguda Fall, Sangda Waterfalls, Katiki Falls and Sri Matyalingeshwara Swamy.
Best time to visit: September to May
Kaas Plateau, Western Ghat
Situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range, the Kaas Plateu is locally called as ‘Kas Pathar’ or ‘Plateau of Flowers’. This volcanic plateau located in Maharashtra was declared a bio-diversity site by UNESCO in June 2012. The plateau is home to around 850 varieties of plants of which around 600 are flowering plants. The whole plateau resembles a vibrant floral carpet of every hue from the colour spectrum and its unique ecological features makes Kaas one of the hotspots of biodiversity.
Best time to visit: August to September
Entry Fee: INR 10
Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
These are some of the most popular blooming flower valleys in India for botanists and plant enthusiasts. The adventurous trek to Valley of Flowers is calling out to you, pack your bags and share your experience with us. We would love to hear from you!