Aconitum Balfourii is found in the flowers valley Uttarakhand. This flower is referred to as' Meetha Vish.' The plant is found at altitudes between 2800 m and 4200 m in the temperate alpine ravines in the Himalayas and also with the Rhododendron group. Aconitum Balfourii is a 1 m tall erect herb. There are tuberous roots. The color of the flowers is violet. Most of the top sepal is in the shape of a helmet. All sepals and petals have a total of 5. There are many hairy filaments stamens.For five carpels, the flowers are bluish-violet.The fruit is an achene for 16–25 seeds and is in shape obpyramidal. Flowering and fruiting take place between September and November.
We visited Valley of Flowers with 4 of family members in July 2016 with Global Connect Hospitality. We arrived at Haridwar by train & stayed in pre-booked hotel, the hotel was good enough for one night stay. Next day early morning, we left hotel for Joshimath. Almost full day travel by Innova.
We got drop from Joshimath to Govind Ghat to start the trek for Ghangharia, which is moderate and can be done comfortably by anyone with normal fitness, the best thing was that entry ticket was pre-booked for us, it enables us to start early morning for the Valley. It took just 4 hours to reach the valley. Surrounding was amazing. At few points, the trek was wet and slippery. So, better to take walking sticks during the trekking.
We enjoyed there the beauty of the valley which was beyond our expectation & since none can stay at the valley in the night so we had returned back to Ghangharia at 4:30 PM.
It was certainly a whole life experience……thanks for everything arranged for the amazing trip!!