Blue Poppy the flowers are often referred to as QUEEN OF HIMALAYAN FLOWERS. This plant's medicinal use in Uttrakhand is not so common in Tibetan, but is widely used. This is used in medicine to cure diseases associated with the head and is very well known in Tibetan medical methods. This flower has a pleasant and important place among the flowers of high altitude in the Himalayas. The sighting of these flowers is very common on the slope of Hemkunt Sahib during the monsoon season. Mostly the moraine part of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and Bhyundar khal, flowers valley to Badrinath trek remains completely filled with these tender blue flowers.
Blue Poppy's genus is MECONOPSIS Vig. World 40 species; 20 species of India. The term comes from the Greek word Mecon which means Poppy. Blue Poppy is also known as MECONOPSIS ACULEATA, Aculeata means to wear a pickle, referring to the plant's prickly nature. Whole plant contains constituents of narcotics; roots are known to be toxic. The status is in doubt.Quick info:
Location in the valley of flowers: In June month, they can be found near the streams of the valley of flowers, especially near Pushpawati River bed.
Flowering season: June to July
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!!