WildLife Sanctuaries in Uttaranchal
The Abode of the Gods, Uttaranchal, is replete with evidences of its Mythological past, amidst the enchanting beauty of the Himalayas, the bracing climate and the soothing greenery, leaving behind nothing more to be desired. Studded with places for pilgrimage, the towering peaks of the mighty Himalayas will surely redefine your experience of the mountains.
The silent and serene sentinels of India, namely the Himalayas, have attracted many a poet's imagination from times immemorial. Stretching from East to the West coast, these mountains are ensouled by the divinity ascribed to it. The presence of Wildlife amidst this solemn place endows it with a new lease of life.
The roar of tigers, the bell of deer, gibber of monkeys, trumpet of the elephants and humming of bees constitutes the chorus of the Wildlife. Geographical advantage and favorable climate ensures a rich variety of Wildlife habitation here.
Of the numerous Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttaranchal mention may be made of the following:
- Corbett National Park : Drained by the Ramganga River, the renowned dam of Kalagarh, Corbett National Park is a home to wide range of animals such as Indian Elephants, Leopards and Boars. The Royal Bengal Tiger, which was on the verge of extinction, was introduced here in 1973, enhancing the prestige of this place.
- Rajaji National Park : Blessed with elephants, leopards, deer, ghorals and tigers, this pristine landscape is worth a visit for every Nature Lover. This enchanting Wildlife sanctuary is home to thousands of rare and beautiful birds as well.
- Valley of Flowers : As the name suggests, the Valley of Flowers is an exquisite place, where different flowers in their natural hues bedeck the landscape with splendor and elegance. Located in the upper expanse of Bhyundar Ganga, this Sanctuary is spread across 87.5 square kilometers and is replete with rich fauna like Himalayan birds, multi colored butterflies, Tendula, Musk deer, Mountain goats, phigents, Himalayan bear and tail less rats
- Nanda Devi National Park : On grounds of environmental factors this National Park had been closed for visitors for a short while, afterwards however this decision was reconsidered. Located 4500 meters above the sea level this National Park is much like a green cup, the surface consisting of a verdant canopy along the hill slopes.
- Govind Wildlife Sanctuary : with an average rainfall of 1000-1500 mm is drained by River Yamuna. With a varying altitude ranging from 1300 meters to 6323 meters, this Wildlife Sanctuary also receives heavy snowfall at times.
- Assan Barrage : is also known as Dhalipur Lake, and has been constructed along with the Assan Barrage. For Bird Lovers, this is an apt place, from where you can see various rare and beautiful birds.
- Ascot Sanctuary : is another most important sanctuary in Uttaranchal, replete with natural life, elegant in their native ways.