Introduction to Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the Chamoli district of the Upper Himalayas, in the state of Uttaranchal lies the beautiful Nanda Devi Wildlife sanctuary. It is close to the second highest mountain peak in the world, the Nanda Devi, and hence the name. This sanctuary boasts of some of the most unique high altitude flora and fauna, amazing picturesque beauties, deep dark woods and a rich biosphere.
Description of Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary
The Nada Devi sanctuary has a rich vegetation of mainly fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper. As you go to the inner deeps of the sanctuary, the vegetation gets dryer till the Nanda devi Glacier where thee is hardly any vegetation found. Soon, the kind changes as the main vegetation gives way to grasses, prone and mosses. The Nanda Devi sanctuary is the home to many animals ranging from brown bear, Bhural. Langaur, Goral. Himalayan Black Bear. Himalayan Musk deer, leopard and snow leopard. Census found around 80 different kinds of species in the Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary. Being at such a high altitude, the Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary has cold weather the major part of the year. April to October is the ideal time to visit the place.
How to reach Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport to the Nanda Devi Wildlife Sanctuary, at a distance of 295 km from the park. The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, at a distance of 276 km. The sanctuary is at a trekking distance from Joshimath.There are metallic roads that connect Joshimath to all other towns of Uttaranchal like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun.