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Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1988, 2005
Location: Asia, India, State of Uttaranchal
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Description: The Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks hold some of the most stunning wilderness areas in the Himalayas. The peak of Nanda Devi, which rises to over 7,800 m, dominates the surrounding area which has remained more or less free of human influences due to its inaccessibility. A number of endangered mammals reside there, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and bharal. The Valley of Flowers National Park is notorious for its endemic alpine flower meadows and exceptional natural beauty; it is also home to rare and endangered animals, among them the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Together the two locales encompass a matchless transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, which for over a century has been commended by mountaineers and botanists and in Hindu mythology for much longer. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park in the Himalayan area in Uttarakhand, India. Together with Nanda Devi National Park, it forms part of the Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks World Heritage Site. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². The Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1982. This part of Uttarakhand, in the upper reaches of Garhwal, is inaccessible through much of the year. The area lies on the Zaskar range of the Himalayas with the highest point in the national park being Gauri Parbat at 6,719 m above sea level. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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