The Flower Valleys of India

Lets start our journey to be spell bound by the sight of countless flowers! Beautiful flowers dancing to the sound of wind! The colours, the fragrance of flowers that leave us speechless.

1. Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand

 

Frozen during the winter months, this valley is full of flowers from July till late September. Well known for it's charming meadows with around 300 different species of wild flowers including Blue Poppy, Calendula and Dianthus. According to the Hindu legend, Lord Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani buti for curing Lord Lakshmana from here.

 

2. Kaas Plateau in Maharashtra

 

25Km west of Satara City of Maharashtra, you can find 850 different species of flowering plants. 100 year old Kaas lake is a perennial source of water. There is a cap of maximum 3000 visitors everyday so it would certainly help to plan in advance. Register at www.kaas.ind.in. September to November is the best time to visit.

 

3. Dzukou Valley in Nagaland

 

 

The name ‘Dzu-kou’ means cold waters. The valley is called so because the valley is so cold that those who visit are chilled to the soul. Here there is no electric current and no mobile network, just flowers. Never ending glasslands and pure scenic beauty. A must go place for trekkers and nature lovers.

 

Locals believe the stream that flows through the valley is said to have healing effects. It is also believed that there is a beautiful female spirit who lives in the forests there and takes a live male every year. So men who visit the Dzukou and suddenly fall sick while there are often told to leave immediately.

 

4. Yumthang Valley in Sikkim

 

This sanctuary of flowers proudly boasts of a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. The flowering season is from late February to about middle of June. Countless flowers bloom to carpet the valley in multicolored hues of the rainbow. March and April are the best visiting months.

 

The hot spring located in the valley are said to have curative properties. From December till March, the valley remains closed due to heavy snowfall. The valley is at an elevation of 3,564 meters, approximated 11,693 feet above sea level. It is 150 kilometer from the state capital, Gangtok.

 

5. Munnar Valley in Kerala

 

In Munnar, Kerala, there is a flower called Neelakurinji which blooms only once in 12 years. But the one time it does bloom, the hillsides are covered in them, turning the area into lovely rolling vistas of blue instead of the habitual green. The next flowering of Neelakurinji is expected in 2018

Watch the rolling hills and the seemingly endless valleys bathed in the purplish blue. Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) flowers once in every twelve years and thousands of travelers visit Munnar during this time. The last time Neelakurinji bloomed in Munnar was in 2006.

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