Valley of Flowers open to tourists from today

The Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will open its doors to tourists from Wednesday. The tourism department has completed the preparations. All tourist needs will be catered for.

The Valley of Flowers, home to more than 300 species of flowers, will welcome tourists from Wednesday. Tourism Secretary Dilip Javawalkar said all preparations have been completed at the departmental level. He said that this valley covers an area of ​​87.5 square kilometers at an altitude of 3962 meters above sea level. The Valley of Flowers falls under the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The place is dotted with colorful and amazing flowers like marigolds and orchids. Apart from this, a good number of birds, butterflies and animals can also be seen in this area.

The Valley of Flowers will be open to tourists from June 1 to October for the 2022 season. The whole valley is rich in rare and exotic Himalayan flora. More than 300 species of flowers are found here, including anemones, geraniums, primroses, blue poppies and bluebells. The most beautiful flower to be seen here is the Brahma Kamal, also known as the state flower of Uttarakhand. According to the tourism secretary, the Valley of Flowers was discovered by chance in 1931 by British mountaineer and botanist Frank S. Smith. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

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