UNESCO World Heritage Valley Of Flowers In Uttarakhand Reopens For Tourists; COVID-19 Report Mandatory

Valley of Flowers - Uttarakhand
by Kanika Sharma
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The UNESCO World Heritage Site Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is now open for tourists. While it usually opens for tourism on June 1 every year, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, tourists must bring their covid-19 report which should not be more than 72-hour old. Besides, the tourists will have to follow all the Covid-19 guidelines laid by the state government.

Boating In Naini Lake Resumes

Nainital is truly the city of lakes and tourists flock the hill station to enjoy boating on the famous Naini Lake. However, due to the pandemic, boating in the famous Naini Lake was prohibited since March 1. You will be excited to know that boating in Naini Lake is now all set to resume from September 1. The decision to allow boating was taken in a meeting between officials of Nainital municipality and a boat operators committee.

Uttarakhand’s Valley Of Flowers Opened On August 1 Last Year

This year, due to regulations surrounding the spread of covid-19 pandemic, numerous popular travel spots around the country had been shut. As state borders were sealed, access was also denied. After being shut all these months, Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers has finally opened for tourists. It reopened on August 1, but there is more to it.

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Uttarakhand Tourism, recently tweeted, that the reopening couldn’t be more opportune, as this is also the best time to visit the valley. The gorgeous hillsides will come alive with multiple hues and varieties of flowers. However, in order to this beautiful location, travellers will have to carry a Covid-19 negative test certificate with them.The test will also have to be taken 72 hours prior to the arrival. Here’s what you need to know if you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand.

Valley Of Flowers Is Located In Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve Which Is A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Valley of Flowers is located in the Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. If you intend to trek to this gorgeous spot, then you will be passing through push and dense forests and walking on trails along the Pushpawati river. It is known for its wide variety of flora and fauna. While on one hand, you will get see gorgeous flowers like orchids, poppies, and daisies bloom; on the other you might catch a glimpse of snow-leopard, black, bear or deer. So beware and be on o ur guard.

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It is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which has also been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To start the 38-km trek, you need to start your journey from Rishikesh. It takes 11 hours, by road, to get here. We would suggest that you take some rest before starting your journey. The weather might be most apt, and the bloom at its prime, but exhaustion will ruin it all. Take your time and make the most of your first trip post lockdown.

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