Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park
The Nanda Devi National Park is located in the upper Himalayan ranges in the state of Uttarakhand. The Nanda Devi Mountain is the second highest peak in India that soars to over 7800 metres. Also, the Nanda Devi Mountain dominates the park on three sides. The Nanda Devi National Park area is a vast glacial basin, divided by a series of parallel ridges that rise up to the encircling mountain rim. It is un-inhabited by man but is the habitat of several endangered mammals, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and the bharal.
The Nanda Devi National Park is covered with high altitude flora such as fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper. It is also famous for its Valley of Flowers which offers you breathtaking vistas of endless meadows, surrounded by insurmountable snow-capped peaks. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park compliments the rugged mountainous wilderness of the Nanda Devi National Park. Flowers carpet the entire valley, including Alpine species that are found only here, and the leaves form a porous umbrella. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Together with the Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi National Park has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 1988.