SWF: Valley of Flowers


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July 2008
Valley of Flowers

Height:   11,000 feet above main sea level

Trekking Distance from Govindghat (last motorable road) one way:    18 kms


The Valley of Flowers is a high altitude Himalayan valley renowned for its diverse alpine flora, meadows and natural beauty. The highest point of the Valley of Flowers National Park is Gauri Parbat at 22,043 feet above sea level is covered by clouds in this photograph. Located in the upper regions of Garhwal in Uttarakhand, the Valley is inaccessible through much of the year.  The park is open only in summer between June and October, being covered by heavy snow during the rest of the year.

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32 Responses to “SWF: Valley of Flowers”

  1. Oh how magical this place is. I have also checked out your post on your blogspot and my, what a trip that must have been.

    This one’s very beautiful. Happy skywatching.

  2. Hallo…. up there 🙂 you are almost over the skyes!!
    Beautiful pictures and a very very beautiful nature.

    Nice weekend from a norwegian girl.

  3. What a beautiful place. I would love to go for a hike there.

  4. Oh How Beautiful!!!

  5. Breathtakingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing such lovely photos!

  6. WOW! What a beautiful valley. Lucky you to have been there to look down into it. 😉

  7. Wow what a fantastic place, well done.

  8. So lush and green, much more than I would have anticipated.

  9. Stunning shots!

  10. Wow what fantastic photos I especially love the second one. Wow!!! So green!!!

  11. Beautiful, Celine! Makes me want to be there. 🙂

  12. Exquisite!
    The first photo looks like a double valley, ground and sky.
    How lucky to hike at such towering heights.

  13. Unlikely that I will ever get here. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

  14. Absolutely breathtaking … Happy SWF!

  15. Amazing. Just amazing.

  16. your photos are amazing!!!

  17. Lovely pictures Celine..I have just joined Skywatch myself after seeing your post and its been a great inspiration

  18. It looks like a very beautiful place — but challenging. Thank you for telling us about it.

  19. nice pics have good weekend

  20. Hey you up there! 😀 Amazing captures:) I like that second the most!

  21. wow! must have been super to be there! on my wishlist!

  22. These are absolutely breathtaking!

  23. Amazing! I have honesty never experienced anything like that, but my passion (aside from weather) is mountains, so… one day. Love the perspective in the second shot. Amazing greens in both!

  24. You do go to some amazing places. I wonder howmany different wild flowers you saw?
    Great photos.

  25. Celine: What really neat mountain and and sky photos.

  26. Wonderful color and landscape!

  27. Great shots. It looks like such a beautiful place.

  28. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and left behind your kind words of encouragement. Appreciated.:)

  29. Hi Celine, as I was looking through your other blog (OSI) I mentioned to Mrs. Jim that perhaps we should consider a visit to India, you had such pretty pictures there. 🙂
    And now this, thank you for your invite to come see. Happy Skywatching, I will look for you next week.

  30. […] SWF: Valley of Flowers […]

  31. Your post (Valley of Flowers) reminds me of my trips to Kumaon to photographs its fauna and flora. I have read Frank Smythe’s fabulous memoir VALLEY OF FLOWERS, and a host of other books describing the natural beauty of Himalayas including HIMALAYAN FLOWERS & TREES (Dorothy Mierow 1978), FLOWERS OF THE HIMALAYA (Polunin & Stainton -Oxford 1984), ECONOMIC BOTANY OF THE HIMALAYAN REGION (Atkinson 1882/1989), NAINI TAL (Anup Shah) etc.

    Your post on Rudraprayag was also interesting. It was here Jim Corbett shot and killed the notorious man eating leopard in May 1926 from a mango tree in Golabrai. Your photographs and description covering the Himalayan region will stimulate others to establish a closer relationship with nature.

    With best wishes,


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