Apart from its natural beauty, Nanda Devi is also famous for its religious significance among locals. It is believed that a foraying king wanted to marry Nanda Devi but her father led a war against the king in which he was killed himself, but Nanda Devi escaped and survived the war taking shelter in this mountain range. Due to this reason the inhabitants of the area worship Nanda Devi as a deity and the mountains as it was her protector.
Nanda Devi is an ideal spot for trekking and mountaineering which attracts travelers from all over the world to experience an adventure. It has been open for trekking in 2003 under strict regulations. Being a cradle of streams, lakes and glaciers, Nanda Devi is a perfect tourist destination, especially for treks. The mountain peak has always fascinated poets and photographers because of its immense beauty. Tourism thrives in Nanda Devi which is therefore a major contributing factor to its economy.