Thursday, March 24, 2011

Valley of Flowers

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011

Oh my gosh this looks like a great book, I'm going to have to check it out. I have always wanted to go to Tibet & India and the Himalayas, that whole area. I want to take Angel there, I know we would grow so much. There's so much I want to go and discover there.

Chris Collins

@CollChris Thailand
Itinerant traveler (Asia), author of the Indian Himalayan novel: Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers- A Himalayan Story of Discovery

Valley of Flowers-Chris Collins

Here’s a short video of the Valley of Flowers, in Uttarakhand, India. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Wikipedia:
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, Nestled high in West Himalaya, is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty.

‘It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.

The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km².

The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, breathtakingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned.

Valley of Flowers is splashed with colour as it bloomed with hundreds different beautiful flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. Valley was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. The locals, of course, always knew of the existence of the valley, and believed that it was inhabited by fairies.

The place had disappeared from the tourist map due to its inaccessible approach but in 1931 when Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer lost his way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt.Kamet and he reached this valley which was full of flowers.

He was so attracted towards the beauty of the place he named it as “Valley of Flowers”.He authored a book called “The Valley of Flowers” which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature-enthusiasts all over the world.

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Check this out, you can read it for free here. I might do that, but I prefer to read books.

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