The National Park of Nanda Devi was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988 according to criteria (vii) and (x). According to the first criteria, a site with unique natural phenomena or areas of unmatched natural beauty and esthetic importance may be included in the list.
According to the second, a site inhabited by a significant number of native inhabitants or endangered species of outstanding universal value should be included in the list.
As a matter of fact, Nanda Devi National Park meets both the requirements for its distinctive climatic state, its wonderful natural environment and the habitat of endangered wildlife species, primarily snow leopards, brown beer and blue sheep.
Timing : The park remains open from May to October.
Closed on : The route to Nanda Devi remains closed from November to April.
Unwinding the majestic biosphere reserve
Nanda Devi National Park is a renowned biosphere reserve situated in the Garhwal district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This natural wonder is mainly spread across the base of Nanda Devi, the highest mountain in India.
Certain major peaks falling under this reserve forest are Nandadevi East (7434 mt), Dunagiri (7066 mt), Changband (6864 mt), Kalnka (6931 mt) Rishi Pahar (6992 mt), Maiktoli (6803 mt), Mangraon (6765 mt), Nanda Khat (6631 mt), Trishul-1 (7120mt), Mrigthuni (6655mt), Trishul-II (6319mt) and Bethartoli Himal (6352mt).
Besides being filled with spectacular natural views and vibrant habitats, this unique land includes 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 between the Eastern and Western Himalayas, where avid wildlife enthusiasts can observe all exceptional animal species.
The park is additionally known for its breath-taking views of natural meadows of alpine flowers where one can witness distinguished species of the hoofed mammals just 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 the year.
Famous avifauna in Nanda Devi park includes Tragopan, Monal Pheasant, the Himalayan Aquila chrysaetos and much of outstanding species of birds. the range of alpine flowers includes rare species like Brahma Kamal (Saussurea Obvallata) Meconopsis betonicifolia , and various other species of rare alpine flowers.