Dactylorhiza Hatagirea is called a native of Himalayan. It is found in temperate to subalpine bioclimates between 2800–4000 m of altitude from west to east. Born on a sturdy leafy stem, flowers spotted rosy-purple in a terminal spike. It has lobbed root tubers in the palm, grows well in wet fields, open areas, shrub land and open meadows. It can be found on both sides of the trek in the middle of the Valley of flowers.
Dactylorhiza Hatagirea is an orchid species usually found from Pakistan to SE Tibet at the altitudes of 2,800–4,000 meters (9,200–13,100 ft) in Himalayan. It's named "Salam Panja" or "Hatta Haddi" locally. In Nepali and the Himalayan areas, it is called' Panchaule' (almost). The name' Panchaule' (meaning 5 fingered hand) comes from its root that resembles hand fingers with approximately 3-5 fingers. It is an erect annual herb with long stems of flowers. The plant's medicinal value is well known. The sweet taste of the heart. Collection and selling are strictly prohibited, but it can be easily found throughout Nepal. It's costing about NRs. By the end of 2015, 10,000-15,000 per kilo.Quick info:
Location in the valley of flowers: On the way to Hemkund Sahib
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!!