UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Nanda Devi National Park: The Pride of Indian Biodiversity

nanda-devi-national-parkNanda Devi National Park was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 following criteria no. (vii) and (x). According to first criteria a site which has unique natural phenomena or areas of unmatched natural beauty and aesthetic importance, it can be inscribed in the list. According to the second one, a site which is inhabited by a significant number of indigenous inhabitants or threatened species of outstanding universal value should be included in the list.

As a matter of fact, Nanda Devi National Park meets both the criteria for its distinctive climatic condition, wonderful natural scenario and for housing endangered species of wildlife, mainly the snow leopard, brown beer and blue sheep.

Unwinding the majestic biosphere reservenanda-devi-national-park

Nanda Devi National Park is a renowned biosphere reserve in the country located in the Garhwal region in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This natural wonder is mainly spread across the base of Nanda Devi, the highest mountain peak in India. Other significant peaks that fall under this reserve forest are Nandadevi East (7434 mt), Dunagiri (7066mt), Changband (6864mt), Kalnka (6931mt) Rishi pahar (6992 mt), Maiktoli (6803 mt), Mangraon (6765mt), Nanda Khat (6631 mt), Trishul-1 (7120mt), Mrigthuni (6655mt), Trishul-II (6319mt), and Bethartoli Himal (6352mt).

Despite being adorned with stunning natural views and diverse eco-system, this diverse land contains highly endangered species of animals many of which have already vanished from other parts of the globe. The park is set on a bio-geographical transition zone in between Eastern and Western Himalayas where the avid wildlife lovers can witness all exceptional species of animals.

The National Park is also known for its breath-taking views of natural meadows of alpine flowers where one can witness distinguished species of the hoofed mammals like the the Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, Mask Deer and Goral. The rugged mountain wilderness contrasts with the gentle landscape of the forest which remains covered with snow for half of the year.

Famous avifauna in Nanda Devi National Park includes Tragopan, Monal Pheasant, the Himalayan Golden Eagle and lots of exceptional species of birds. The diversity of alpine flowers includes rare species like Brahma Kamal (Saussurea Obvallata) Blue Poppy, and numerous other species of rare alpine flowers.

How to Reach Nanda Devi National Park is well connected with other parts of the country by all modes of transport.

By Air
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Nanda Devi National Park. IGI is the nearest International Airport to this park.

By Train
Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Nanda Devi National Park.

By Road
To reach Nanda Devi National Park, one needs to trek from Joshimath. However, Joshimath is well connected by road with nearby locations like Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.

Timing: The park remains open from May to October.

Closed on: The route to Nanda Devi remains closed from November to April.