Near Joshimath, the Nanda Devi National Park is known for hiking and trekking in the India state of Uttarakhand. It is a 5,860 square kilometer national park known for leopards and tigers. The altitude in the park ranges from 2,100m to 7,817m. Mountain peaks surround it from all sides except the west where it is bounded by an inaccessible gorge.
The spectacular views, sylvan environment, and richness of biosphere make it quite different from the other wildlife sanctuaries of India.
The village of Badrinath provides access to a popular trekking area known as the valley of flowers for which a map with hiking routes is available.
To reach Nanda Devi National Park by air, use the airport at Jolly Grant in Dehradum (295km) which is connected to Delhi.
To reach Nanda Devi National Park by train, use the rail station at Rishikesh (276km).
From Rishikesh, there are metalled roads all the way to Joshimath. Past Joshimath, the trek to the park begins.
Note: In any national park known to have lions or tigers, hikers need to exercise extreme caution. It is highly recommended to us a park-approved guide prior to hiking or trekking in these regions.
Overall, Nanda Devi National Park is the 18th most popular hiking trail of all 42 hikes in India.