Monsoon magic: Tourists arrive in Valley of Flowers and other remote areas
Despite the heavy monsoon showers tourists brave the rain to visit the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand which is known for its snow-capped Himalayan ranges and lush meadows with colourful flowers.dehradun Updated: Aug 05, 2017 21:09 IST
DEHRADUN: Heavy rains have not stopped serious tourists from reaching out to some remote areas in Uttarakhand to relish the monsoon.
Known for its picturesque snow-capped Himalayan ranges and lush meadows with colourful flowers, the Valley of Flowers is receiving a great response from tourists. The trek to the UNESCO world heritage site opened on July 1.
“This is the flowering season when the valley is covered in green foliage and bright flowers. It’s the time of trekkers. Despite all odds, tourists are coming and enjoying the serenity of the spot,” Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and Valley of Flowers director Mann Singh told Hindustan Times.
“We do not allow plastic inside the protected area. If tourists have some plastic material, it is surrendered at the gate and returned later. So far, no case has been registered where the visitors was caught with plastic which results in an instant penalty of Rs 5,000.”
Last year, the park management earned a whopping Rs 20 lakh which, it expects, to surpass within two months.
“The beauty is beyond some common tourist places like Mussoorie and Nainital. I have had a wonderful experience coming to the Valley of Flowers. This time too, I am going to witness the most majestic place on the Earth,” Sabita Parekar, a trekker from Maharashtra, told HT over the phone.
“I have just returned from a trek at the Valley of Flowers trek. It looked most beautiful. Uttarakhand forests become rich during this season and I am glad people are coming to our state,” chief wildlife warden Digvijay Singh Khati said.
The other renowned monsoon destinations are Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary and Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve. While tourists look arrive for both flora and fauna at Nandhaur, the latter is known for its wonderful array of birds.
“There aren’t many tourists unlike the three summer months of May, June and July, but, yes, there are tourists coming to enjoy the monsoon, trekking, wild animals and green foliage,” Nainital divisional forest officer (DFO) Dharam Singh Meena said.