Nanda Devi National Park


Nanda Devi National Park, located in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Spread across an expansive area of over 630 square kilometers, the park is named after the imposing Nanda Devi peak, which stands at an awe-inspiring height of 7,816 meters (25,643 feet) and is the second-highest mountain in India.

This national park is a sanctuary for a diverse range of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the region. Towering coniferous forests, alpine meadows, and cascading waterfalls contribute to the park’s diverse ecosystems. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, musk deer, and numerous bird species. The elusive and endangered snow leopard, in particular, finds refuge in the rugged terrain of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses the park.

Apart from its natural wonders, the park holds cultural significance for the local communities, with several sacred sites and traditional practices intertwined with the landscape. The rich cultural heritage of the region is closely linked to the spiritual beliefs associated with Nanda Devi, the patron goddess of the Kumaon region.

Places to visit in Nanda Devi National Park


Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath
  • Start your journey early in the morning from Haridwar to Joshimath, which is approximately an 8 to 10-hour drive.
  • Along the way, you can stop for scenic views and local food.
  • Reach Joshimath and check into your accommodation.
  • Spend the evening exploring Joshimath and its surroundings.
Day 2: Auli and Gorson Bugyal
  • After breakfast, head to Auli, a popular hill station known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to reach Auli and explore the meadows and the artificial lake.
  • Continue your journey to Gorson Bugyal, another picturesque meadow in the region.
  • Return to Joshimath for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Trek to Kuari Pass
  • Begin your day with a trek to Kuari Pass, which offers panoramic views of the Nanda Devi range.
  • The trek is moderate in difficulty, and it takes about 6-8 hours to complete.
  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes and have a packed lunch en route.
  • Return to Joshimath in the evening.
Day 4: Visit Nanda Devi National Park
  • After breakfast, drive to the entrance of Nanda Devi National Park.
  • The park is a restricted area, and you’ll need a permit to enter.
  • Explore the park, enjoy the pristine beauty, and witness the unique biodiversity.
  • Visit the charming village of Lata, which is located near the park and is known for its culture and traditions.
  • In the evening, head back to Joshimath or stay in nearby villages for an authentic experience.
Day 5: Departure
  • Check out from your accommodation in Joshimath.
  • Begin your journey back to Haridwar, enjoying the scenic drive.
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