Nanda Devi National Park is situated in Uttarakhand, around Nanda Devi Peak which is spread in around 630.33 square kilometers. In The year 1982, it was declared as National Park. Nanda Devi National Park along with Flower of the valley in the year 1988 was declared as World heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Nanda Devi Sanctuary come Under Nanda Devi Bio diversity reserve, which is a glacier valley around 6000 to 7500 meters. It is surrounded by abundant mountains and its water flows in the river named Rishiganga in the west of this garden. The passage of this river is small, vertical and very distant. The height of the entire gardens from sea level is more than 3500 meter.
Details of Nanda Devi National Park: Why one should Visit?
The Park is one of the Finest Wild areas in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, as per rules no man or women can stay in the garden. This garden is the residence of many extinct past donors, especially the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Musk deer, and Bharal.
Sometimes Nanda Devi National Park offers an opportunity to observe snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, serow, brown bear, ruby throat, langur, grosbeaks, Himalayan musk deer, and Himalayan tahr.
This park is situated in the Chamoli district within the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand. It includes the water storage area of Rishi Ganga, Dhauli Ganga, and an eastern secondary river of Dhauli Ganga, which flows in the Alaknanda River in Joshimath.
This area is basically a vast glacial valley which is separated by a parallel chain i.e. north-south oriented ranges. These mountains extend towards the edge of the border, with which there are almost a dozen peaks better-known ones, including Dunagiri, Changbang, and Nanda Devi.
History of Nanda Devi National Park:
Nanda Devi peak supposed to be the house of goddess Parvati is the second highest peak in the world. This peak evidences to be an experiment to the adventure lovers for both locals of Uttarakhand as well as for international tourists. Sharp rising peaks of Nanda Devi provoke concern among the regular tourists as well as for the professional climbers, who dream of capturing the tall mountain peaks of Nanda Devi once in their lifetime.
Mr. “W Garden” took the credit of the first person to reach this place located on a great height. Next to Garden were Tilamen and N.E Odell, who created awareness of this exotic place resting on the lap of nature, blessed with incredible flora and fauna.
Some Amazing Facts of Nanda Devi National Park
- It was labeled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
- It was established as Sanjay Gandhi National Park in 1982 but was later converted as Nanda Devi National Park.
- There are around 312 floral species out of which there are 17 rare species have been found here. Fir, birch, rhododendron, and juniper are the main flora.
- Vegetation is rare in the inner sanctuary due to the dryness of the conditions. Tourists will not find vegetation near Nanda Devi Glacier. Ramani, alpine, prone mosses and lichens are other notable floral species found in Nanda Devi National Park.
- You can find animals like Common larger mammals like Himalayan musk deer, mainland serow and Himalayan tahr. Carnivores which can be found easily are snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and also brown bear.
- The beautiful surroundings with huge flora and fauna like Brahma-Kamal and Bharal (blue mountain goat) tagged it as a sanctuary of nature.
- The height of Nanda Devi is 7,816 m (25,643 feet) which is second highest peak.
- This national park is a natural habitat of around 100 species of birds. The commonly seen birds are orange flanked bush robin, blue fronted redstart, yellow bellied fantail flycatcher, Indian tree pipit, and vinaceous breasted pipit.
- This park also offers an opportunity to observe around 312 species of flowers and various species of butterflies.
How to reach Nanda Devi National Park:
From Rishikesh to Joshimath is 253km drive by road. Along with this a drive of more 25km is also required to the road at Lata Village from where the Trek Begins.
By Road: Nearest Road route is Lata, 30km from Joshimath which is also connected by local bus services. Joshimath is connected directly with the places like Dehradun, Rishikesh, and haridwar. 24/7 bus connectivity is available for Joshimath.
By Train: Rishikesh is the nearest Railway Station. As the hilly areas still don’t have Rail Connectivity.
By Air: The Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun which is 315km.
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