Nanda Devi National Park lies in Chamoli District, within the Garhwal Himalaya. The main entry point to the park is via Lata Village, some 25km from Joshimath township. Declared a national park in 1982, the park is bound by high mountain ridges and peaks on all sides except its western side, which features a deep and virtually inaccessible gorge.
The area is reputedly one of the most spectacular wildernesses in the Himalaya. Nanda Devi, the highest complete mountain in India dominates the basin.
It supports a diverse flora, largely on account of the wide altitudinal range, and an interesting variety of large mammals, including a number of rare or threatened species.
Unlike many other Himalayan areas, it is free from human settlement and has remained largely unspoilt due to its inaccessibility, particularly the forests of the lower Rishi Valley.