‘In all my mountain wandering, I have not seen a more beautiful valley where the human spirit may find repose’ wrote Smythe.
Frank Smythe first discovered this spectacular vision of endless varieties of wild flowers in monsoon carpeting an entire valley, in 1931. In a valley surrounded by a ring of white peaks and mountain ridges, the bugyal (high-altitude meadows) of tall wildflowers are a sight worthy of gods.
The 300 species of flowers make the valley a unique pharmaceutical reserve which is queued to be a World Heritage site.
When to visit
Unfortunately, the Valley of Flowers hits its pinnacle of beauty when all the flowers bloom during the monsoons (July & August), when rains make the trip tough and risky.
In off season though, there is a subtle paradise like beauty vibe hanging somewhere within grasp in the Valley of Flowers.