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 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.