Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi National Park is UNESCO World Heritage site situated at the peak of Nanda Devi Himalayan range in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Nanda Devi National ParkNanda Devi Peaks in the Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi National Park lies at a height of 25646 feet above sea level (7817 meters). This National Park was declared as a National Park of India in 1982. Nanda Devi National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988 along with the nearby Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park

Nanda Devi National Park is one among the best national parks in India. This National Park is spread over an area of around 630.33 square kilometers. Nandadevi National Park along with the Valley of Flowers National Park is a protected Biosphere reserve. Its called “Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve“, having a total area of 2237 square kilometers, with a buffer zone of another 5149 square kilometers. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve was declared as part of the “UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves” in 2004, making it as one of the rarest biosphere areas of the world.

Nanda Devi National Park is surrounded by ‘Nanda Devi Sanctuary’, which is a glacial basin with the “Rishi Ganga Gorg”, one of the steepest, impassable defiles of the world.

Nanda Devi National Park is home to a large number flora and fauna. Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Musk Deer, Mainland Serow are some of the large size mammals found in the Nandadevi National Park. Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopards, Langurs, etc, are also found in the National Park at Nanda Devi. 312 floral species are found in the Nandadevi National Park, which includes 17 rare species.

How Do I Go to Nanda Devi National Park?

Nanda Devi National Park near Hemkunt Marag, in Pagrasu village of Uttarakhand state can be accessed from ‘Joshimath’. (Joshimath is at around 250 kilometers distance, on the National Highway 58, from Dehradun, the capital of Uttaralhand.) Nanda Devi National Park is at a distance of around 54 kilometers from Joshimath, last few kilometers of this needs to be trekked.

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest major airport, which is connected to the nearby major cities. ‘Rishikesh’ is the nearest railway station at around 275 kilometers from Nandadevi National Park , even though Dehradun railway station is the nearest railway station which is well connected to other stations.

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve 2 Bengal tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve is in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state, India.  Tadoba Andheri National Park is the oldest and largest national park in the state which was created in 1955. Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, was created in this park in 1995 as part of Project Tiger to save Royal Bengal Tiger, an Indian tiger species.

Tadoba reserve consists of the Chimur Hills. Andhari sanctuary is made up of  Moharli and Kolsa ranges.  Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve  is spread over an area of 625 square kilometers. These ares are covered by thick forests; mainly teak and other trees like bamboo, mahua, jamun, tenndu trees cover the forests.This tiger reserve is part of the Western Ghats. Cliffs, deep valleys, caves, etc, makes this a magnificent tourist spot.

Tadoba lake is a vast lake which offers perennial water source for the wild habitats especially the Muggar crocodiles.

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve has a 12 seater small bus which offer Jungle wildlife Safari at Tadoba.

Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve  is very rich in Flora and Fauna.

Around 65 Bengal Tigers are found here. Other than tigers, Panthers, jackals, Rusty Spotted Cat, wild dogs, barking deer, bison, Indian mouse deer, sambar, Wild Pig, Ratel, Four horned antelope, Flying Squirrel,  etc, are found in Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve .

195 species of birds are found here, including three endangered species, making it a bird watchers paradise.

How do I go to Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra?

The closest rail head is located at Chandrapur, on the Chennai – New Delhi railway line at around 45 kilometers from the national park. Major rail head is 140 kilometers away at Nagpur, which is well connected by train, bus and air.

Which is the Best time to visit Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve?

Except during the monsoon season, you can visit the tiger reserve. During peak summer months of April and May. Tigers come out of forests to water bodies and can be seen and heard. Many tourists report frequent tiger spotting.