Thursday, June 26, 2014

Popular Attractions Around Nanda Devi Mountains

Nanda Devi Mountains are among the highest in the world, and are a part of the Kumaon Himalayas in the Indian state, Uttarakhand. Owing to their religious significance, these mountains and the areas surrounding them were closed to the locals as well as tourists in the year 1983. Nanda Devi National Park located in this region was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. Accommodation in a resort in Uttarakhand would offer the chance to tourists to explore some popular attractions located close to Nanda Devi Mountains while holidaying in this part of the world.

Auli Roopway, Uttarakhand
There are many hill stations near these mountains, and many of them attract plenty of travellers every year. One of these hill stations is Joshimath, which is connected to a winter destination called 'Auli' via cable car. Located on the banks of river Alaknanda is  another tourist spot and pilgrimage centre called Badrinath. One can visit several ancient temples in a town called Gopeshwar, which is the headquarters of Chamoli district. Chopta is an ideal trekking spot, located at a height of about 2,680 metres above sea level for adventure lovers.. One can visit several ancient temples in a town called Gopeshwar, which is the headquarters of Chamoli district. People concerned about their travel costs can book a budget resort in Bageshwar and visit all these places without any hassle.

Resorts in Bageshwar
Many hotels and resorts have come up in this region over the years due to an increase in the number of travellers visiting places around Nanda Devi Mountains. A resort in Bageshwar provides an easier access to all the important tourist attractions. Most of the resorts in this region offer spacious rooms to the guests besides excellent facilities like LCD television with satellite connection, doctor-on-call as well as laundry service. Multi-cuisine restaurants in some of these resorts dish out mouth-watering local cuisines as well as other popular delicacies.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Valley of flowers- a romantic place near Nanda Devi Mountains

Valley of flowers - Nanda Devi Mountains
Valley of flowers is one of the special attractions during a visit of Nanda Devi. The valley tucked at just twenty km from Nanda Devi National park  is the most beautiful valley adorned with variety of rare flower varieties. It is located between the Zanskar Mountains and the Himalayas. It can be divided into lower alpine, sub alpine and the upper alpine region. The hills surrounding the lower zones are densely forested.

The Forest research institute monitoring this valley has recorded around six hundred varieties of angiosperms and thirty pteridophytes. Out of a total of thirty-one rare species of plants, many are found in the jungles of the valley of flowers. Around forty-five species of medicinal plants are found in these jungles. Sub-alpine zones in the park help retaining moisture and snow at the same time supporting large number of floral species. The lower alpine zone consists of deep soil and moisture, where many herbal communities grow in abundance such as cushion shrubs, dwarf shrubs and grass. The valley holds great importance amongst mountaineers and local ayurvedic doctors, since it preserves rare medicinal herbs. The valley of flowers is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. This place which was unknown to the outside world was brought into focus by two British mountaineers while returning from their expedition to Mt Kamet. Having lost their way they accidentally arrived at this place full of colorful flowers evoking a romantic spirit.

The duo was so impressed by the beauty of this region that they named it “Valley of Flowers”. This is how this region in the wilderness became popular for its scenic views and an incredible variety of flowers. This is really a place worth visiting during your tour of the Nanda Devi Mountains which is tucked in-between the valleys of Goriganga and Rishiganga.