Nanda Devi National Park
Situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in north India, Nanda Devi National Park was established during 1982. The site along with the Valley of Flowers from the north-western side was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. At an altitude of 7,000meters, the panoramic view of hills girdling the National park include Trishul, Dunagiri, Changband, Kalnka, Rishi pahar, Mangraon, Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi East, Bethartoli, Maiktoli to name a few peaks. At the high-altitude of western Himalayas, Nanda Devi national park offers outstanding biodiversity expanding to its gentle meadows and rich flora and fauna surrounding the habitats.
According to historical records, W.W. Graham was the first to explore the place. Later Eric Shipton and H.W.Tilman was among the few to enter the inner sanctuary through Rishi Ganga in 1934. The sanctuary can be divided into two sections, the inner and the outer sanctuary. The inner sanctuary consists of the eastern two-thirds of the total area where as the outer one occupies the western part of total sanctuary. The first explorer of the outer sanctuary was T.G.Longstaff who climbed Trisul in 1907.
The Nanda Devi basin was declared a sanctuary in 1939 and 630 sq. km. was added subsequently to declare the area as protected Nanda Devi National Park. Abundant flora and fauna like Brahma-Kamal and Bharal make this park a natural wonder that is really peaceful and tranquil to experience. The diversity and hilly slopes of the place make Nanda Devi a popular trekking destination. There are 80 different species of birds that call Nanda Devi sanctuary their home along with 312 species of plants in which 17 are considered rare. A spectacular wilderness of the great Himalayas, the park maintained its inaccessibility in order to protect its bio diversity and is home to several endangered mammals like the Himalayan musk deer and the snow leopard.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to the place is Jolly Grant Dehradun which is 315 km from the place. The airport is well connected to Delhi and other metros. From the airport a taxi, cab or bus can take you to Joshimath.
Rishikesh is the closest railway station which is connected to Haridwar, Dehradun and other parts of Uttarakhand.
The nearest main road head to Lata village which is 30km from Joshimath which is also well connected to bus services. Joshimath is connected to Rishikesh via road and other main places around the vicinity. Certain restrictions prevail in the site to better protect it and visitors in the park have to move in group, each group consisting of maximum five visitors. More than two groups are not allowed per day and visitors below 14year are also prohibited to enter the park. Medical check-up and precautionary measures are also required for the visitors since the terrain is hilly and arduous.
The park remains open for six months from 1st May to 31st October and the best time to visit is between June and September when the weather is ideal for you to enjoy the blissful surroundings of Nanda Devi Park.