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UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists

Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers is now open for tourists. The state government while announcing this stated that tourists from outside the state will also be allowed to visit the site.

The Valley of flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, usually remains open for visitors from June to October. However, this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crises, the tourist hotspot was not accessible till this time. Referring to this, Joshimath SDM Anil Chanyal said that although tourists from outside the state will be allowed to visit the tourist hotspot, they will be required to upload their COVID-19 negative certificate 72 hours prior to their visit.

It has happened for the first time in its history that the valley did not open for tourists on its scheduled time due to COVID-19 threat. Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat at that time said that before taking a final call on protected forests, sanctuaries and reserves, they would first consult with wildlife experts and scientists.
Situated in the lap of western Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers usually remains open for tourists from June 1 to October 31, and remains covered in snow during other months. Reportedly, around 15000 visitors visited the sot last year, and now with its reopening, it is expected that it will give a boost to the state tourism.

Meanwhile, the forest officials have cleared all the internal routes of the valley for patrolling, as risk of poaching looms hers. Camera traps have also been installed by the forest department in the valley, which have captured images of musk deer this year indicating the rich biodiversity of the valley.