India is a land full of some of the most exotic topical blooms in sync with its very many seasons. Here are some of the places that present the best seasonal blooms in flora and fauna that you can’t find all year long.
The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim state in India. During the spring season, the valley dresses in red like a bride with all its rhododendron flowers in full bloom.
Kaas plateau or Kaas plateau is a UNESCO heritage site known for being home to more than 450 different species of flowers. WHen in full bloom, Kaas plateau is one of the most scenic places to visit in Maharashtra. The plateau turns a beautiful shade of purple with Karvy blossoms once in 6-7 years right during the monsoons. Monsoons are the the best time to visit.
From June to September, Nagaland’s Dzoukou valley turns into the most beautiful visits of a lifetime with white and pink lilies in full bloom,making multicolored carpets of flowers in summer, most notably the Dzukou lily which is found here. The flowers begin to bloom with the monsoon season, and the first two weeks of July are usually peak flower season in Dzukou Valley.
Most popular for the lavender hued Neelakurji, that blooms only in Kerala Munnar once in every 12 years, this place in the southernmost corner of India on the Western Ghats, is popular for this once in a decade occurrence. The valley takes a completely different breathtaking view when this phenomenon occurs. Neelakurinji (strobilanthes kunthiana) also known as Kurinji is a rare purplish-blue flower. The season starts in July and lasts till October.
Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is only open from the beginning of June until the beginning of October, as it’s covered in snow the rest of the year. The best time to visit is from mid-July to mid-August when the flowers are in full bloom after the first monsoon rain. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which blooms with over 500 species of exotic flora during the flowering season.