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Valley of Flowers Weather And Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers, being a snow-clad area for majority of the year, it is clear to visitors only in the rainy season, between June and September. This is also the best time to check out over 300 different types of flowers that bloom in the Valley of Flowers, showing off in all its glory. It is important to note that access to the park is restricted to the daytime (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and that overnight camping is prohibited. Read on to find out a weather guide through the year in the Valley of Flowers.
Monsoon (July to September)
This is the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers as the monsoon showers give rise to a wide variety of gorgeous flowers, stretching as far as the eye can see. The valley does not disappoint for wildlife lovers either with butterflies, deer, snow leopards and Himalayan bear sightings all a possibility. Temperatures tend to range from 13°C to 20°C, making for a relatively cool climate. However, visitors should anticipate periodic showers and heavier rainfall as well. All in all, this is the recommended time to observe one of the most unique natural spaces on the planet.
Summer (March to June)
Summer marks a period of transition in the valley, as the snow covered meadows melt away rapidly. This is not a particularly good time to visit, in terms of visible biodiversity. The topography is shifting, with snow melting to form numerous streams and rivers. Visitors can trek in and around the area as the national park isn’t open to the public until June with the weather stretching from 15°C to 25°C. June marks the driest month of the year, making exploration of the park quite enjoyable.
Winter (October to February)
October marks the last month for tourism in the Valley of Flowers. The terrain is beginning to wither away as the winter season’s commencement coincides with the tourist off-season. From November to February the valley is covered in snow, with little or no flora and fauna visible. The area is closed off to the public. Temperatures drop to sub-zero levels and there is excessive snowfall at times, making this a risky period to venture out into the valley. January tends to be the coldest month. However, the neighbouring Ghangaria area is available for trekking and winter sports.