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Nanda Raj Jat
Valley of Flowers
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VALLEY OF FLOWERS

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,

so long they are wild, free, spontaneous.

Bricks to all greenhouses !

Black thumb and cutworm to all potted plants !

 

                                      Edward Abbey

A lady,   John    Margaret  Leggier  ventured  into  valley  in 1939 and   lost  her  life  by  slipping  from a rock.  In   1944   her    sister    built    a  memorial   in her name.

In  old scriptures   it is   named   as Nandan Kanan.  Although  the   locals were  aware of its  existence as fairy land  but  the  credit  of   discovering    this   10x2  Km  colorful  scratch  goes  to  the  famous mountaineer    and    botanist      Frank   Smyth    in   1931 while he was returning from an expedition   and    named   after  his   famous      book         'Valley Of Flower' published   in    1937.   

 

I shall lift my eyes on to the hills,

from whence cometh my strength.

Inscribed on the memorial of John Margaret Leggier

The     trek      begins      at   Govindghat  on  the  way  to    Bradrinath  30    Km    from     Joshimath,   after   crossing  Alaknanda    on  a  hanging    bridge.    The  14 Km  track runs     parallel     to         the Laxamanganga         up   to Ghaghria    which   is     the    base camp   for    both  valley of  flowers   and  HemKund Sahib. 3 Km from Ghaghria after crossing a log  bridge  the   route    separates    on   the    left   and    the     track   continues   along  with  the  Pusphawati             river   surrounded   by    majestic   snow  clad  peaks.   During     July - August there  is  a  profusion  of colours  all around  and   the   valley  is filled   with  fragrance  and scent   of    blue    Primula,   Poppy,    white    Anemones, pink    and     red        perfumed  Brahma   Kamal,   Balsam, Geranium,            Yellow  Pansies, Peduncularis &  Ligulae     and       Purple Asters.  Apart  from   wild   flowers  the    area  is  also inhabited   by      lovely   butterflies,    musk   deer,   mountain  goats Ghorar),  Himalayan     bear      and  beautiful      birds        like Chakor and Monal among the   music   of      rivulets surrounded by  majestic peaks.                

Around      three       hundred bewildering     varieties      of   flowers     including     some having  medicinal  properties   are     found.      Few        are  poisonous,   hence  it       is       not    advisable   to  pluck or   smell   the flowers. 


Adventure
Nanda Raj Jat
Valley of Flowers
Har-Ke-Doon