Flowers and valleys can be one of the best combination ever. How beautiful a sight it would be to see tulips, orchids and marigold not in some flower vase but rather growing healthily in some valley? India is lucky enough to have a few of such colourful valleys. Do you need more reasons to add a flower valley to your bucket list? Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful flower valleys which you can find in your own country!
1) Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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Valley of Flowers National Park is a National Park located in Uttarakhand in the West Himalayas. The Valley of Flowers National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hundreds of varieties of alpine flowers can be found here most of which have medicinal properties. While one can witness some really beautiful alpine flowers and a variety of flora here, the place is also home to many rare and endangered species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. One could visit the valley anytime of the year cause it’s all-time beautiful. If you want to see maximum flowers, July and August is the best time.
2) Kaas Pather, Maharashtra
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Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaas Pather is a plateau located 25 kms from Satara, Maharashtra. A part of the Western Ghats, the plateau is 10 sq. km large and is located at an altitude of 1200 metres. Lost many seasonal wild flowers bloom in the months of August and September and the place is also home to a huge variety of butterflies. There are more than 850 varieties of flowering plants here. The Kaas Lake and Vajrai Waterfalls are some other attractions located near Kaas Pather. The number of visitors to the plateau is restricted to 3,000 per day to control the possible damage by tourists.
3) Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
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The Yumthang Valley is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers because it is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. The flowering season is from late February to mid-June when the valley looks colourful and at its best. The valley also has rivers, hot springs and yaks grazing around. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. The beauty of this valley is under danger due to the increasing number of tourists.
4) Dzukou Valley, Manipur
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Dzukou Valley is located at the border of Nagaland and Manipur. The rare Dzukou lily can only be found in this valley. Most of the people trek to this location. There are two trek routes to enter this location and the trek might take a minimum of 4-5 hours. Situated at an altitude of 2452 m, the Dzukou Valley has eide range of flowers in all seasons.
5) Munnar, Kerela
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Most of us know of Munnar as a place with lots of tea plantations. No doubt it’s a beautiful place, with the enchanting tree gardens and the mist filled mountains. But did you know that once every twelve years the hills of Munnar transform into blue paradise when the Neelakurinji flower blooms? It’s a once in a lifetime experience for sure, cause one has to wait for twelve years to see such a sight! The next blossoming is due in 2018, so better not miss it.
India is home to some of the most beautiful hidden treasures. These pictures have already left you awestruck, so just imagine how beautiful the real sight may be.