Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks cover a high-altitude mountain valley renowned for its diverse alpine flora. The two parks are located in the Himalayas.
Nanda Devi National Park is dominated by India's second highest mountain, the Nanda Devi. It is largely unspoilt and free from human settlement. It has been closed to foreign visitors until 1974. Threatened mammals in the area include the snow leopard and Himalayan musk deer.
The Valley of Flowers National Park lies at a distance of 23km from Nanda Devi. It is also uninhabited. It is home to tahr, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, common langur, bharal, serow, Himalayan black bear and a huge variety of butterflies. Its diverse flora is known for its medicinal plants.
Hiranmay Ghosh - August 2011
I visited the Valley of Flowers last week. While there were quite a bit of hardship on the route because of landslides, the valley provided an exhilarating experience. The flowers were in full-bloom and moist with rains. I could not see much of the mighty peaks due to clouds though!
Juliana Hills - March 2010
It was so pretty and relaxing. And i even got to see some animals even thouhg i wasnt there for long!
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Full name: Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
2005 - ExtendedTo include Valley of Flowers National Park
1988 - InscribedReasons for inscription
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- 'Threatened' by Dams three proposed dams on the Rishi Ganga river catchment within the Site
- Glaciers "The Inner Sanctuary .....and contains Nanda Devi itself and the two major glaciers flanking the peak, the Uttari (north) Rishi Glacier and the Dakkhni (south) Rishi Glacier. These are fed by the smaller Uttari Nanda Devi and Dakkhni Nanda Devi Glaciers respectively. The Outer Sanctuary..........is split in two by the Rishi Ganga; on the north side lies the Ramani Glacier,....and on the south lies the Trisul Glacier, flowing from the peak of the same name."
- Individual Mountains Nanda Devi 7817m
- Roof of the World
- Women Explorers Joan Margaret Legge(1885-1939) was a botanist from England, who lost her life on 4 July, 1939 while collecting samples at Valley of flowers, India. (wiki) - she was there on behalf of Kew Gardens
Religion and Belief
- Goddesses Nanda Devi National Park is named after Nanda Goddess, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati
- Holocene The Valley of Flowers has its own microclimate that was made posible only after the end of the ice age in the Himalayas
- Highest (over 5000m) Gauri Parbat (6719m)