Covering area around 7,817 m high Nanda Devi Peak, India’s second highest mountain is Nanda Devi National Park which offers most outstanding wilderness in the whole of Himalayas.
Nanda Devi National Park remained unexplored until the 1930s and even after that park remained naturally well protected due to its inaccessibility. Nanda Devi National Park together with adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park was elevated to the status of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and have recently been declared UNESCO World Heritage site.
Nanda Devi National Park is the habitat of several endangered species such as snow leopard, Mainland serow, Himalayan musk deer common leopards, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan black bear and bharal, or blue sheep. Also some 17 rare species of flora are housed by this biosphere reserve. A glacial basin termed as Nanda Devi Sanctuary is also located within the Nanda Devi national park.
Access to Nanda Devi National Park was banned in 1983 to protect its biodiversity from garbage buildup and environmental degradation. Park has been partially opened recently for limited number of tourists.
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