Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Valley of Flowers: Flowers in and around the Valley - A Photo Essay

Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom and little flower – Hans Christian Andersen

Valley of Flowers is sunshine, independence and lots of little flowers!

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,

Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,

With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” 
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Was Shakespeare aware of Valley of Flower's existence much before a fellow Britisher discovered it?

In the Valley of Flowers, there is absolute silence. It is so quiet that you can hear the rustle of leaves as the breeze tiptoes through the flower beds. The breeze, the moving shadows, the blue skies all come together to put you in a trance. In this languid stupor that leaves you overwhelmed, awed and speechless, all you can do is just marvel at the ways of nature. You feel so special and insignificant at the same time - just like one of the million flowers; special because God has given you once in a lifetime chance to experience His creation. Amidst the splendour and gorgeousness you feel overwhelmingly insignificant; like a speck that needs to be dusted off this masterpiece. 

Here are a few flowers captured in the camera during your time in heaven:

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. But be sure to smell the flowers along the way – Walter Hagen

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom – Anais Nin
Pink buds turning into blue flowers

You belong among the wildflowers. You belong somewhere you feel free – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Simplicity Is The Keynote Of All True Elegance – Coco Chanel

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all
Bistorta Vaccinifolia, Inuri

A flower does not think of competing with the next flower, it just blooms

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning - Lydia M. Child
Bellwort or Codonopis Rotundifolia

There are always flowers for those who want to see them – Henri Matisse

Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them but walk on for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way - Tagore
The Valley of Flowers is like Monet's masterpiece - a glittering embroidered canvas with millions of flowers, with light and shadow playing games on a languid afternoon as colours juxtapose to create an ageless masterpiece

Flowers are music of the ground. From Earth's lips spoken without sound - Edwin Curran

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly

The flowers that sleep by night, opened their gentle eyes and turned them to the day. The light, creation's mind, was everywhere, and all things owned its power - Charles Dickens
Angelica Archangelica, Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, Chanda

A weed is an unloved flower – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Upturned towards the sun, eyes closed. That colour and warmth I see and feel is the soul on fire. If only it remained when again my eyes opened - Jeb Dickerson

The Earth laughs in flowers – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers teach us the charm of Silence; And of giving, demanding nothing in return - The Mother

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life - Jean Giraudoux
Valley of Flowers

Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age ... Forever - Tagore

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul – Luther Burbank
Polygonum Polystachyum, Himalyan Knotweed, Ama-Haldu, Durfi - Valley of Flowers

Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a Light in the Heart - Kahlil Gibran

Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody - JD Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye

The Violets in the mountains have broken the rocks – Tennessee Williams
Campanula Latifolia, Large Bellflower - Valley of Flowers

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are – Rumi

Phir chhidi raat, baat phoolon ki
Impatiens Sulcata, Dog Flower, Chaul, Kwal - Valley of Flowers

Good Bye, Valley of Flowers

Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field..... I’ll meet you there - Rumi
View from Ghangaria Helipad - looking towards Valley of Flowers

I must have flowers, always and always – Claude Monet

Related blogpost on all about getting to, and being in the Piece of Heaven that is Valley of Flowers


  1. Haha..right you are about the photographing tiny flowers! Beautiful captures.

    1. Thanks Anupam,

      Yes the little flowers do pose a challenge. So here in the valley its all about the landscapes and these tiny flowers.

      Thanks for visiting.

  2. An astoundingly beautiful post marking a gear shift in your style of writing....from forts to flowers, a smooth transition indeed.
    Monet, Rumi, Shakespeare, Emerson,Matisse...all coexisting behaving like your non competing flowers adding a gilded highlight to the lovely shots....just loved it!

    1. Hi Aparna,

      I think one of these days you can guest-write my post. The way you summarize/review a post is unbelievable.

      There is something about flowers that makes everyone go poetic. While Monet painted them, others sang paeans about them in their poems and words.

      Thanks again.

    2. Thanks for the probable invitation for sharing your blog space...can never click, conceive or write like you but still the thought gave a high!
      Keep reinventing and keep enjoying what you do best- traveling and sharing.