Lockdown blues got you down? Here is some delightful news that will instantly cheer you up! The beautiful Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is now open to tourists. By Amitha Ameen

 

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A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand is finally open to tourists from within and outside the state, after being closed for months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Usually, the picturesque spot remains open for visitors from June through October.

 

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As with most places, tourists arriving from outside the state will be required to submit a COVID-19 certificate with negative results 72 hours prior to the visit — stated Joshimath SDM Anil Chanyal (as reported on Times of India). The delay in reopening the park is occurring for the first time ever in the history of its tourism.

 

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The Valley of Flowers reported around 15,000 visitors last year, and the state’s tourism authorities are hoping that the reopening of the national park will help boost the tourism economy in the region that has been in a battered state since the beginning of COVID-19.

 

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The national park is known for its alpine meadows and a variety of flora that covers the expanse of the park. The rich diversity of the area also translates to the rare and endangered animals including the likes of the ever-evading snow leopard, blue sheep, black bear, and more that call this park their home.

Uttarakhand currently has 8,008 confirmed cases out of which 4,847 recoveries have been reported. The state had reopened its borders to tourists from early July onwards while maintaining necessary protocols to keep visitors and locals safe.

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