Situated in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers attracts thousands of visitors every year. The valley is open for tourists for a limited time period, i.e. from 1st of June till 31st of October, as the region remains snow-covered for the rest of the year.
But this year due to the COVID pandemic, tourists were only allowed to visit the valley from August 1 to October 31, rather than the usual five-month time frame. In spite of this short time window, the valley played host to 916 visitors.
According to forest officials, this year tourists weren’t the typical blend of adventure tourism lovers and environmentalists, but several professionals who looked forward to working in a calm and peaceful place.
It is noteworthy that ever since the state was formed back in 2000, the Valley of Flowers saw the least number of visitors (181) in the year 2014-2015, just after the 2013 Kedarnath tragedy.
A world heritage site, the Valley of Flowers was discovered by a mountaineer from Britain Frank S Smythe, and dons of more than 300 species of floras!