Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park is situated in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal. The spectacular panoramas of peaks encircling the National Park are Trishul (7120 m) Dunagiri (7066 m) Nanda Devi (7817 m) Nanda Devi East (7430 m) Bethartoli (6352 m) etc. The beautiful surroundings with abundant flora and fauna like Brahma-Kamal and Bharal (blue mountain goat) make this a sanctuary of nature.
In 1982 access to trekkers into the Nanda Devi National Park was banned to protect its biodiversity. The Nanda Devi National Park, which has been declared a world heritage site, has been partially opened recently for restricted number of tourist.
The Nanda Devi National Park remains so precious because of its inaccessibility. Special permit is required, and thank god for that because Nanda Devi National Park is home to several endangered mammals including the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and Bharal. Established in 1980, this national Park was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 along with the Valley of Flowers.
Best time to visit: April to October. The weather is generally cold as it remains under snow for six months of the year. Warm clothing is recommended even in summers.