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Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand are a major reason why travelers head to this state. The state is bestowed with an expanse of greenery where rich biodiversity prevails. As a whole, Uttarakhand has 6 national parks and 4 wildlife sanctuaries. Jim Corbett National Park is a popular national park of Uttarakhand, where you have fair chances of spotting a tiger as it is a tiger reserve too.

Similarly Kedarnath Sanctuary, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajaji National Park, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary and Nanda Devi National Park are perfect place to enjoy engaging sessions of wildlife safaris. Because of their rich biodiversity, Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Enjoy meeting with a variety of flora and fauna during your wildlife safari. Uttarakhand is not only popular as a sacred destination or for its scenic beauty but is also known for being home to a vast variety of animals and birds. Some of the endangered and rare wildlife species in Uttarakhand include goat, sheep, oxen, various butterflies, antelopes, Musk Deer, Ghorals, Snow Leopard, and Monal.

Take a look at the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand for detailed information:

Jim Corbett National Park

Established in 1936, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest National Park in India which is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The wildlife shelter acquires an area of 520.8 sq. km and owns a countless variety of flora and fauna. Lying on the foothills of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Ramganga River, this national park offers views that are a treat to the eyes.

Jim corbett was first to come under the tiger project program and today is known for its decent tiger population. The place draws a huge population of tourists from all over the world. It is a perfect place to explore Uttarakhand wildlife and witness the breathtaking natural beauty.

The jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park opens in Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhela, and Garjia from 1st September 2021, and the Dhikala zone is scheduled to open on 15th November 2021. To know more about jim corbett click here!

Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda Devi National park is located around the peak of Nanda Devi in the state of Uttarakhand. Adorned as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the place acquires an area of 7,817 m and has a gathering of major Himalayan wildlife species. Also, it is one of the most attractive sanctuaries in India which draws a huge population of tourists from all around the globe. Encompassed by lofty peaks and glaciers.

Nanda Devi National Park is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna including Brahma Kamal and Bharal. This is a world heritage site and is a popular Uttarakhand national park, which opened on 1st July 2021 for tourists.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Located at a distance of 30 km from Almora in the Kumaon hills, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand. Home to as many as 180 species of birds such as eagles, woodpeckers, monals, etc. Jackals, Red Fox, Grey Langurs, Black Himalayan Bear, Chital, Himalayan Goral, and Wild boars are a part of the wildlife at Binsar. There is a place called Zero Point in the sanctuary from where wonderful views of Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trishul, and Nanda Devi can be enjoyed. The other attraction here is mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views.

Apart from wildlife safari, bird watching and trekking are two of the popular activities at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Second Valley of Flowers’ as it turns beautifully red after the blooming of red-colored flowers in March. Oak trees and pine trees are found in plenty here.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary opens throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Binsar Sanctuary is from October to March when the weather remains perfect to spot the wildlife species in their natural habitat.

Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park is a popular national park of Uttarakhand, which is located along the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges in the lap of the Himalayas. The park is stretched over the Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun, and Saharanpur districts of Uttarakhand, joining three sanctuaries namely Chilla, Motichur, and Rajaji.

The park has an incredible beauty with a huge variety of flora and fauna which draws the attention of both nature and wildlife lovers. Rajaji acquires an area of 820.42 sq. km and is home to numerous avian species. Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand remains open from 15th November to 15th June and it is the perfect time to witness the sheer beauty of the place. Tourists can spot a wide range of wildlife species in these months while enjoying the weather.

Gangotri National Park

The Gangotri National Park is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and is surrounded by coniferous forests. The park is stretched over an area of 1563 sq. km with a countless variety of flora and fauna including rare species like snow leopard, black bear, brown bear, and musk deer. The place has an amazing scenic beauty which attracts a huge tourists’ population. It is home to 150 species of birds and 15 species of mammals.

Gangotri National Park is a perfect Uttarakhand national park to explore for nature lovers and to spot exotic species of birds as well as wildlife animals during the excursion. It remains open from 1st April 2021 till November end. It remains closed for almost 5 months during the winter season due to heavy snowfall.