"High in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal hills of Uttaranchal lies
an enchanted valley. Here flowerful pastures with clear
running streams are set against silver birches and shining snow peakf. Dew lies thick on the flowers,birds sing in the surrounding forest and the air is pure and charged with floral smells. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilisation, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley, the playground of fairies and nymphs.
Trespassing their celestial abode was avoided although shepherds did take the liberty to graze their cattle here.
Legends associate this valley with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected. 'Sanjeevani' herbs to revive
Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama. Hanuman had to visit far-flung areas in his search for the life-saving herbs, some
named after him."
The Valley was introduced to the world as the
Valley of Flowers by Frank S, Smith - mountaineer,
explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work. He authored a book called
"The Valley of
Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to
nature-enthusiasts all over the world.
In 1939, Miss Margarate Legge, a botanist deputed by the botanical gardens of Edinburgh arrived at the valley for further studies. While she was traversing some rocky slopes to collect flowers, she slipped off and was lost for ever in the garden of the gods. Her sister later visited the valley and erected a memorial on the spot where she was buried by the locals. The
thoughtful memorial is still there and the lines inscribed on the marble slab read:
"I will lift mine eyes
unto the Hills
from whence cometh my strength"