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Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park
Enjoy trekking in the picturesque region of Nanda Devi National Park
Experience the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complementing the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park. Travel to Nanda Devi that throws open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature-enthusiasts all over the world. Feel the beauty and floral splendor of Nanda Devi National Park interspersed with waterfalls, springs, rocky boulders, and more.
The 25,636-foot-high Nanda Devi is the second highest mountain of the Himalaya, after Kanchenjunga (28169 feet (Sikkim). It lies in the state Uttaranchal and is completely within the Indian Territory. The Nanda Devi National Park surrounds the mountain and has an area of 325 miles. The Nanda Devi National Park is a natural habitat for many animals such as bears, snow leopards, pheasants, musk deer and snow pigeon. The Nanda Devi glacier is also a major attraction.
Nanda Devi was first discovered in 1936 and in 1980 declared with an area of 325 miles as the natural reserve. In 1988, it was included in the list of UNESCO world natural heritage sites.
In 2005, the natural reserve of Nanda Devi National Park was extended with the inclusion of Valley of Flowers. Within sixteen miles of Badrinath Govind Ghat is the starting point to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Lake. The tour through Nanda Devi and the Valley of Flowers National Park is among the most beautiful and most popular in Garhwal (Uttaranchal). Discovered in 1931, the 6-mile-long Valley of Flowers, which is covered with flowers during the summer, lies at 9000 feet. It is a colorful palette of more than 1000 different species of flowers including orchards, poppys, primula, anemones, calendula, and the daisy. The park is also covered by Alpine forests of birch and rhododendron.
Animals and Birds in Park:
The Park is home to tahr (wild mountain goat), snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, Indian langur, bharal, serow, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear, Pica (Mouse hare) and a huge variety of butterflies. Among the important birds and Pheasant are, Himalayan Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Snow Cock, Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, and Sparrow Hawk etc.
Trekking:The best way to explore the park is trekking the 9 miles. The nearest trekking starting point is Joshimath in Garhwal. The best time to tour the park is between June and July.