Nanda Devi National Park, Uttarakhand

Nanda Devi National Park is placed in the middle of serene beauty of the mountains in the Chamoli district at Uttarakhand. Nanda Devi national Park, founded on the 1982, is commanded by the second highest peak of India namely Nanda Devi Peak. It finds its abode in the middle of the gigantic Himalayas, surrounded by summits like Dunagiri, Rishi Pahar, Maiktoli, Nanda Khat and Mangaron. The Nanda Devi National Park is spread across an area of approximately 2236 km. It is a beautiful amalgamation of pleasant climate, distinct topography & soil and is home to an enormous variety of natural habitat, flora and fauna.

The biosphere is segregated into two circles. The inner circle consists of Dakshini Rishi glacier and Uttari Rishi glacier. The outer circle is home to the Ramani glacier and Trisul glacier. It is important to note that tourists need to acquire entry permit from the respective office of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam at Joshimath. Travellers need to enter the area in a group of 5 people with a maximum limit of 2 groups permitted per day. The area is a paradise for trekking lovers. Nevertheless it must be noticed that the biosphere is predominantly steep and trekking would demand a high level of fitness and skill. It is good to get medically checked and equipped before heading for the adventure.

A ticket of 2500 rupees must be collected for the trekking enthusiastic. Coming to the vast fauna finding its home in the beauty, the list is pretty exhaustive. Mammals like Himalayan Musk deer, Himalayan Tahr and Mainland Serow are found here. Goral is found in rare number in the outskirts of the national park. Himalayan Black bear, Brown bear and Snow Leopards are found in good number in the park. Langurs dominate the area too. Approximately 114 species of birds are known to surface the area. Birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron are amongst the most common fauna species located in the area. About 312 species of flowers and plants are found with 17 rare species forming a unique group of habitat.

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