Wildlife in Uttarakhand is a major reason why travelers head to this state. The state is bestowed with expanse of greenery where a 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 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.
National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park
Established in 1936, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest National Park in India which is located in Nanital 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 Himalaya, on the banks of Ramganga River, this park offer views that is a treat to the eyes. The park was first to come under the tiger project program and today is known for its decent tiger population. The place draws huge population of tourists from all over the world.
Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National park is placed around the peak of Nanda Devi in the state of Uttarakhand. Adorned as the World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the place acquires an area of 7,817m 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.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 30 km from Almora in the Kumaun hills, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand. This wildlife reserve is quite popular for housing a vast variety of exotic flora and fauna. The other attraction here is mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is 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 sanctuary from where wonderful views of Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi can be enjoyed.
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.
Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand
Rajaji National Park is a National Park located along foothills of Shivalik Ranges in Himalayan foothills. The park is stretched over the Pauri Garwal, 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 attention of both nature and wildlife lovers. Rajaji acquires an area of 820.42 sq km and is home to numerous avian species.
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 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 huge tourists’ population.