Aconitum Violaceum (English name: Violet Monkshood), belongs to the family of ‘Ranunculaceae’ is a tall herb with a size of 20-60 cm that comes with paired tubes. Few leaves are settles on the ground while few lies on the stem. Herb carries the blue color flowers fabricated with white shades. The flowers carry a wide number of stamens and hairy filaments in its upper part.
Aconitum in its generic term is defined as arrow. In previous times, hunters utilized the flowers juice on the arrow tips and use the same for hunting practices. The plant carries an accumulated amount of poison that can be felt by drinking the water nearby the plant cultivated areas. People who had drunk the water from the streams flowing near this plant felt some sort of drowsiness. This plant is found nearby Hemkund Sahib. You can view this flower between July and September.This plant is used in Tibetan medicine mainly utilized to treat snake and scorpion bites.
Local name: Tilla, Mitha-telia
Location in Valley of Flowers: On the way to Hemkund Sahib
Flowering Season: July to September
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!!