Nanda Devi National Park

The Nanda Devi National Park is situated near the Nanda Devi in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is the second highest mountain peak of India, One of the most magnificent backwoods of the Himalayas, the park rises to an altitude of 2,400 to 6,817 m.

The sanctuary was set up in the year 1982 and boasts of a unique blend of flora and fauna.. The national park has some of the unique high altitude flora and fauna in the world. The park offers breathtaking sceneries, wooded environment and richness of biosphere. UNESCO has declared the Nanda Devi Biosphere as a World Heritage Site in December 1988 along with Valley of Flowers.

The park is divided into two parts — Inner and Outer. The Upper Rishi Valley, often referred to as The Inner Sanctuary is fed by Changbang, North Rishi and North Nanda Devi glaciers, South Rishi Glacier and South Nanda Devi Glacier. The Trisuli and Ramani glaciers are are covered in the outer sanctuary of Nanda Devi National Park.

nanda devi national park, vally of flowers

Trekking is the most popular activity in the national park. The trek begins from the Lata village to Dharasi (4250 mt) – the highest point of the region. In 1982, access to trekkers was banned to protect the biodiversity. However recently, tourists in small numbers are allowed to visit the park..

Major Wildlife Attractions 

Nanda Devi National Park is home of Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, Common Langur, Goral, Brown Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Musk Deer, Leopard, Serow and Snow Leopard. The avifaunas found in this national park are the Rose Finches, Grosbeaks, Ruby Throat and Warblers. Approximately 80 animal species have been spotted in this park.

Best Season / Best time to visit Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi National Park has a cool but pleasant climate all through the year.

  • Summers (June to October) have a cool weather with the maximum temperature reaches nearly 17 °C and is a good season for viewing the panoramic beauty of Nanda Devi national park.
  • Winters (November to May) are snow covered and difficult to visit the outdoor attractions. Minimum temperature can go well down with the average minimum about 7 °C.

How to Reach Nanda Devi National Park

Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun to the Nanda Devi National Park. It is at a distance of 295 km from the national park. There are flights connecting Dehradun with Delhi. .

Rail: The nearest railway station to the Nanda Devi National Park is at Rishikesh, which is at a distance of 276 km.

Road: The Metaled roads connect Joshimath to other towns of Uttaranchal like Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar. One has to trek till the National Park from Joshimath.

Opening Timings of National Park

Valley of Flowers: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days of the week. 3 p.m. is the last entry time at the park.

Nanda Devi National Park: 4 a.m. to 7 p.m all days of the week.

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