Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park is encircled by five peaks and by an inaccessible gorge in the west. It is situated at an elevation of 11,500 feet above sea level. The second highest mountain peak of India, Nanda Devi (25,646 ft), towers over this national park. Established in 1982, the Park has declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.The park has remained untouched and unspoiled due to its inaccessibility, and restrictions. The Nanda Devi sanctuary, a glacial basin, is located inside the park. In his autobiography, world-renowned mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary, described Nanda Devi Sanctuary as a God-gifted wilderness-Indias-training ground for adventure.In 1988, this God-gifted wilderness was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and, IUCN has placed it in the category of strict nature reserve. The inner part of the sanctuary gives the impression of a letter E written in the wrong way. The two middle strokes are formed of the main and east peaks of Nanda Devi. The other peaks that complete the letter E are Latu Dhura, Sakram, Banchu, Deo Damla, Mangraon, Kalanka, and Changabang. The peaks of Maiktoli, Devtoli, Devistan, Panwali Dwar and Nanda Khat are located towards the south.In the inner region of the wildlife sanctuary, Rishi Ganga originates near the confluence of the two glaciers and flows through the Rishi Gorge. The outer sanctuary ring is formed of many Himalayan peaks, including Ronti, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Bethartoli Himal, Hanuman, Dunagiri, and Mrigthuni.