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Nanda Devi Peak

Nanda Devi, which literally means ‘Blessed Goddess’ is the second highest among the Garhwal Himalayas. Towering over an altitude of 7,817 m, it is a rare example of perfect twin peaks. The graceful symmetry of its double peaks is a visual treat. The mountain has been revered by the inhabitants of the region as a dwelling place of the Gods. The names of various mountains and passes in the region illustrate this belief.

Due to its unfriendly terrain only a few mountaineers had succeeded in conquering the peak. It is difficult for the climbers to reach even the foothills, for its entrance is guarded by long and deep gorges. It was only in 1934 that the first group succeeded in crossing the gorges.

Nanda Devi Peak is a major tourist attraction in the region and thousands of tourists flock every year to watch this splendor of nature.

Updated on 1st July, 2005

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