My travel bucket list – Destination 3: Valley of Flowers, West Himalayas
There came the foggy strokes of sunlight,
Sometimes dark and pitchy as they could get.
Beauty of horizons, across the various mountains,
Colors that shone, knew no boundaries as they fret…
The dawn shone upon the great valley,
It took us some time to realize.
What did not come upon us until now,
Till it struck us heavily as a ray of surprise…
They came back again with some hope and some prayer,
Without which they could have never made it so far.
Upon the sunlight they knew they could go higher,
Yet, we tried hard and tried fast, to breathe the air…
It is this place where I would like to seek enchantment,
Forsaken in the depth of this long lost beauty,
I pray to my soul, where you must seek reprise for thee,
Beyond these mountains,into the ‘valley of Flowers’
I seek my penance and here is where I ask ye to bury me…
I haven’t yet read @CollChris‘s book ‘Valley of Flowers…’ I hope to get my hands on it soon… For sure, before I get here, I should read it, or maybe when I’m on my way to this place I should. Whatever I do, I need to read that book for sure. Nonetheless, let me talk about why and how this beautiful destination for which I just wrote the small ode, a poem to dedicate it’s true sense of amazement…
So here I was lying on my bed thinking about just nothing… Wondering about the horizon that lay beyond my eyes and wondering what are the adventures that I would really have to undergo, when I actually start my escapades. Some, part of my ‘Master Plan’ and of course in an effort to endure it all, some of them to add to My travel bucket list. If you seek for true beauty amidst a terrain of snow capped mountains, and yet look for hidden surpasses underneath, this is the place to be. The most important and the best treasures of life is what your senses lead you to. Sometimes without even thinking about the true value of what it brings, this is what the small joys of life have to offer you. Colour, fragrance, visual beauty and most of all, a serenity that you hate to resist in your mind.
If that is what you are looking for, ‘Valley of flowers’ is the perfect place to be. With nothing but the natures beauty coupled by the colors of bliss beyond the oblivion, you are certainly in for a surprise here.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, Nestled high in West Himalaya, is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalayas.
The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, breathtakingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned. Source (Wikipedia)
The Valley was introduced to the world as the Valley of Flowers by Frank S, Smith – mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work. He authored a book called “The Valley of Flowers” which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature-enthusiasts all over the world.
I also happened to find this amazing article, which details everything you need to be able to go to this destination. Thanks to Flowers Of India, my task is much easier now.
I’ve been to the valley 7 years back, and I really can’t forget the two three days we were in and around the valley.
The day we actually went to the VOF, it was around 10 days before full bloom, and we did not get to see the valley in all its glory. Only a few flowers were blooming (some variant of opium, apparently) at this time. But the place was really awe inspiring. What really strikes you as you emerge from the narrow path into the valley is its vastness – the place is bloody big! The first photo you have put is what you get to see just as you enter the valley – and its really mesmerizing in real life.
The day after the valley, we went to Hemkund Sahib which is a few thousand feet above the valley altitude wise. You definitely cannot miss that either – add it to your bucket list!
That’s cool… I’ll try to make sure when I go, I go at the right time.. Actually I’ve checked out a few groups which go there for a period of 10 days and in that they do a trek to Hemkund as well.. So yea, it’s certainly on my mind… 🙂 I hope to get beautiful pictures, great stories and write a lot about the place… 🙂
Awesome photos of VOF.. and a very nice write up.
i am definitely planning to go there.. Can you let me know when is the ideal time to go there. could you also suggest me some travel agencies who have regular trips to VOF.
Thanks for your feedback. The ideal time to go there is July-August. In fact I’m most probably planning to go there and in talks with this agency called Broken Compass. They have organized a trip in August. If you are interested please check this website http://www.brokencompass.in/ You can send them an email at email@example.com. You can give them my reference. I know their co-founder Manjari there, I’m sure she’d be happy to help you out.
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