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Valley Of Flowers

 

Valley Of Flowers

Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.At 3600 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.The Valley of flowers is streches over 87sqkms and is about 8km long and 2km wide.Valley Of Flowers is best known for its endemic Alpine flowers and variety of flora.The rich diverse area is also home to rare endangered animals like snow leapord, asiatic black bear, red fox, blue sheep, musk deer,etc. Himalayan Monal and other high altitude birds also found there.
The place was little known to outside world due its inaccessibility, and in 1931, Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth, all British mountaineers, lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt.Kamet and happened upon the valley, which was full of flowers. They were attracted to the beauty of the area and named it the “Valley of Flowers.”