Nanda Devi National Park lies in
Chamoli District, within the Garhwal
Himalaya. The main entry point to the park is via Lata Village, some 25km
from Joshimath township. Declared a national park in 1982, the park is
bound by high mountain ridges and peaks on all sides except its western
side, which features a deep and virtually inaccessible gorge.
The area is reputedly one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the Himalaya. Nanda Devi, the highest complete mountain in India dominates the basin.
It supports a diverse flora, largely on account of the wide altitudinal range, and an interesting variety of large mammals, including a number of rare or threatened species.
Unlike many other Himalayan areas, it is free from human settlement and has remained largely unspoilt due to its inaccessibility, particularly the forests of the lower Rishi Valley.
THE WILD POPULATION
The unique environment of the park offers a fascinating combination of exotic flora and fauna. The wildlife found in the park includes snow leopard, brown and Himalayan black bears, bharal, Himalayan tahr, serow, monal and chir pheasants.
The place is rich in vegetation such as pines, firs, spruces, moru, kharsu, bunras, and there are around 600 species of trees in the region.
Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant,
Dehradun, 315 km (approx).
Rail: Rishikesh is the nearest railhead.
Road: Nearest roadhead is Lata, 30 km from Joshimath, also connected by bus services. Joshimath is linked by road to Rishikesh and other centres in the region.
For More Information, Contact:
Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nanda Devi National Park, Joshimath, Distt. Chamoli.