Valley of Flowers National Park
Earlier used as a cattle grazing ground, this was declared as a national park and then later an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. This is in the Josimath Region of the Bhyundar Valley and is known for its outstanding scenic beauty. There is a little bit of everything here which makes this place magical. Starting from fresh air and snow clad mountain to colourful flowers and lush greenery, you get everything here. This place along with the Nanda Devi National Park make up the whole nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is a place extremely rich in natural biodiversity. There is an abundance of alpine shrubs and other plants, it is also known that in the epic of Ramayana, Hanumana brought down the Sanjeevani herb to save the life of lakshmana from this same place. It is still believed that the Sanjeevani herb grows here. The Gauri Parbat is the highest peak here and more than 650 varieties of flowers grow here including rare ones such as cobra lily, Brahmakamal as well as blue poppy. Photographers and nature lovers find their ultimate food for the sould in such a place and tourists find immense bliss and peace out here.
Nanda Devi National Park
Established in the year 1982, this is a National Park circling the peak of nanda Devi. There are several peaks surrounding this national park as well. These are namely the Trishul, Dunagiri, East Nanda Devi, Bethartoli and others. This place is rich in flora and fauna and the main species are the Brahmakamal and the Blue Mountain Goat. This is a perfect place for trekking. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was declared so in the year 2005 along with the Valley of Flowers National Park. These two parks are open for a part of the year and form the whole of the nanda Devi Biodiversity Reserve.