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Uttarakhand Guide

Parks and Sanctuary

Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is a place on earth where nature has bloomed into its youth and never grown old. 64% of the total land of Uttarakhand is covered with forest – forests are the area that house parks and sanctuary. There are 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand which cover 13.8% of the total area of the state providing enough space for students, biologists, ornithologists, zoologists and ecologists to research and study on plants, birds, insects and animals. The parks and sanctuaries are located from 800 meters to high altitude protected areas of 5400 meters.

This bio-diversity has made possible for wide variety of flora and fauna to attract national and international tourists, researchers and specialists in Uttarakhand. There are almost 300 species of wild flowers, 4048 species of plants among which 116 species are limited to Uttarakhand only. Similarly, there are 102 species of mammals, 623 species of birds, 124 species of fish, 69 species of reptiles and 19 species of amphibians in Uttarakhand.

Various species of birds, animals and plants including the rare and endangered animals and birds like Ghoral (goat antelopes), Monal, Musk Deer and Snow Leopard are preserved in the parks and sanctuaries of Uttarakhand. Some of the must watch species are black bear, common otter, deer, Indian tiger, jungle cat, king cobra, langur (monkey), leopard, porcupine, python, rhesus monkey, sloth bear and wild dog. The common animals in Uttarakhand forests are antelopes, butterflies, goat, oxen and wild sheep.

 

National Parks

Wildlife Sanctuary

Askot Wildlife Sanctuary Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Malan Sanctuary
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary Govind Wildlife Sanctuary Motichur Sanctury
Binog Wildlife Sanctuary Kedarnath Sanctuary Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Jim Corbett National Park

The oldest national park of Asia, Jim Corbett National Park, was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Later in 1955/56, its name was changed to Ramganga National Park Read more »

Rajaji National Park

Home to Indian Elephant in special, Rajaji National Park is flatly extended in 820.42 square kilometers area of three districts of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand- Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. Originally, Rajaji National park covered a Read more »

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

Created in 1967 after the construction of Assan Barrage at the confluence of river Yamuna and Asan through Dhalipur power house, Read more »

Gangotri National Park

Gangotri National Park established in 1989, is situated in Uttarkashi district in the upper catchment of Bhagirathi River covering 1,553 square Read more »