Best time to visitMay- October
Things to donature trails, photography
Best MonthsAll year
Rank1 out of 1 attractions in Joshimath
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.
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I travelled on air,land, water and mountains covering a distance of 700 miles approximately to see this view only. Traded my life and consciousness with a will of achieving that hight. I have a lot to share about this journey but I'm still covering some more horizons crossing vertical obstacles, So I will post them after a while. #LoveTravel #LoveNature
I opened my eyes to the most beautiful morning of my time lived. It was spell-binding to watch the panoramic view of Nanda Devi and her sister ranges open up to the eye of the sky, in orderly succession, each wanting a slice more of the empyreal beams. I rushed out with my camera to capture the magnum opus- Nanda Devi, in her unmatched ebullient self, basking in the glory of the morn.The snow in the slopes had melted a fortnight back we were told. The slopes there provide unsurpassed thrills to professional skiers and novices as well and have been voted to be one of the best in the world. That GMVNL has imported snow beater to maintain slopes is quite laudable a fact. With the oxygen level dropping drastically, the ascent on foot to the reserve seemed next to impossible. Therefore, the sanest decision was to pillion ride. We resumed the ascent with three jockeys at our disposal, to guide us in a land of which they may claim to have seen upto the last gravel and I would be generous enough not to refute. The day was unfolding into a magical one with the greenly spirits of trees and the blue dream of sky. I introspected- everything which is natural has to be infinite and it is often in wilderness that the miracle of life is sensed.Mid-way of the ascent, we were interrupted by two non-descript natives who had with them the entry passes to the reserve. They were stupefied to learn that we were from Assam and if their chalk and slate statistics are to be believed, we were the first to be there from the far (far!) east! Unlike the tailored reserves in the mainland, NDBR does not languish within a fortification and bears no bruises of mortal ravage. I stepped down from my pony, walked up to the blunt edge of the slope and opened my arms wide open… I never felt so liberated to the core yet at the same time so powerless. One of the shepherds pointed out to a conspicuous depression in the mountain range. As a legendary percolation, Hanuman had journeyed to the Himalayas to retrieve the ‘Sanjeevani ‘herb. And if the jockey hadn’t fabricated, we were actually feasting our eyes upon the lacuna created by Hanuman after having uprooted an entire mountain!Finally, at a height of 4,900 meters (16,076 ft) we got our due-pristine white snow! After having done some frolicking and photography, I walked up to an inviting parcel of grassland and reclined with my eyes affixed on the enchantress, Nanda Devi. I pondered on Nature and her modus operandi- the way she unfolds her treasures to our search, unseals our eyes, illumes our minds, and purifies our hearts.I had never felt so paper-thin before.
The biosphere reserve concept is considered to be a major achievement in environmental management. Biosphere reserve is classified as a preservation area selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. NDBR had opened its doors for tourists only from 2004.
The National Park is a protected biosphere reserve and has just been opened for a small group of tourists. The magnificent view of the Nanda Devi peak and glaciers is visible, and covered in thick layers of snow! You can plan a trek with the local tour operators and explore the wildlife of the region. The Badrinath, Joshimath and the Nanda Devi Temple are also very close by and you can visit these too. This destination is quite and serene, and best for an off-season getaway.The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun (285 km) and the nearest railway station is Rishikesh (270 km).
"The day was unfolding into a magical one with the greenly spirits of trees and the blue dream of sky. I introspected- everything which is natural has to be infinite and it is often in wilderness that the miracle of life is sensed. ."
As the trek starts, with every step I take it keeps on getting steeper and steeper as you approach towards the Tungnath temple (3680 metres). The trek stretch gives you a chance to soak in the serene beauty of Nandadevi national park. With eateries on the trek side, you get time to grab a bite be it maggi, some biscuits, a hot cup of pahadi chai or may be a glass of Rhododendron juice (all must try this, it’s quite soothing). As you see the tip of the temple it gives you a sense of fulfillment, a feeling that just can’t be penned down… you need to breathe that air and soak in it to feel beautiful.