Nanda Devi National Park: Facts at a Glance

10-MAR-2016 18:31

    As a national park, the Nanda Devi National Park is established in 1982. It is situated around the peak of Nanda Devi (7816 m) in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. It was tagged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The Park was established as Sanjay Gandhi National Park by Notification in 1982 but was later renamed as Nanda Devi National Park. There are about 312 floral species that include 17 rare species have been found here. Fir, birch, rhododendron, and juniper are the main flora.

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    Nanda Devi National Park: Facts at a Glance:

    1. The Nanda Devi National Park, established in 1982, as a national park. 

    2. Nanda Devi National Park (30° 41' to 30° 48'N and 79° 33' to 79° 46'E) situated in eastern Uttaranchal (Chamoli district) State and some 300 kilometers (km) northeast of Delhi.

    3. The height of Nanda Devi is 7,816 m (25,643 ft).

    4. The beautiful surroundings with huge flora and fauna like Brahma-Kamal and Bharal (blue mountain goat) tagged it as a sanctuary of nature.

    5. Sir Edmund Hillary has described that the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary is God-gifted wilderness-India’s-training ground for adventure” in his autobiography.

    6. It was tagged as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.

    7. It was established as Sanjay Gandhi National Park in 1982 but was later converted as Nanda Devi National Park.

    8. There are around 312 floral species out of which there are 17 rare species have been found here. Fir, birch, rhododendron, and juniper are the main flora.

    9. Common larger mammals are Himalayan musk deer, mainland serow and Himalayan tahr. Carnivores are represented by snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and perhaps also brown bear.

    10. Vegetation is scarce in the inner sanctuary due to the dryness of the conditions. Tourists will not find vegetation near Nanda Devi Glacier. Ramani, alpine, prone mosses and lichens are other notable floral species found in Nanda Devi National Park.

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