The state government has opened the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Chamoli district to visitors in an effort to improve the tourism sector in Uttarakhand. Tourists who wish to visit the valley must provide a negative RT-PCR report and follow all COVID-19 protocols in effect throughout the state. The administration has authorized tourists to enter the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Chamoli.
Amit Kanwar, Divisional Forest Officer, Kedarnath Wildlife Division, confirmed that the administration has allowed tourists to visit ‘Valley of Flowers’ in Chamoli. Kanwar informed that 50 species of flowers have been found this season. Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the two core zones of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (the other being Nanda Devi National Park). It covers an area of 87 square kilometres in the Chamoli district. Orchids, poppies, primulas, marigolds, daisies, and anemones are among the exotic blooms found at the Valley of Flowers National Park. The Valley, which is near the Himalayan peaks, also has sub-alpine woods of birch and rhododendron. Amit Kanwar, Divisional Forest Officer, Kedarnath Wildlife Division noted, “With 50 species of flowers at the ‘Valley of Flowers’ this season, tourists will be allowed on the basis of a negative RT-PCR report. They will have to abide by COVID-appropriate behaviour.”