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Kedarnath Sanctuary Uttrakhand

Location: Uttrakhand

Main Wildlife Attractions: jackal,Fox,Himalayan Black Bear, yellow-throated Marten, Himalayan musk deer, rhesus macaque

Coverage Area: 975 sq.kms

Established: 1972

Best Time to Visit:April to September

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Kedarnath being one of the most holy places in Garhwal, it is visited by hordes of tourists from different countries.



Kedarnath is one of the revered pilgrimage sites in India and a part of the holy Char Dham Yatra circuit. Besides this, it is also home to a wildlife sanctuary that houses a large number of exotic species of animals and birds.

With the backdrop of the snow-capped great Himalayan mountain range, The Kedarnath Sanctuary is bounded by rivers, glaciers, valleys, and forests. At this picturesque sanctuary, you can witness a variety of wildlife species such as the Snow Leopard, Snow Cock, Musk Spotted Deer, Tahr, Leopard, Serow and several species of birds. Between 1978 and 1980, a project funded by WWF was undertaken in this sanctuary on the research of Musk deer.

During your visit to the Kedarnath Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, you can enjoy a comfortable stay at Madhyamaheshwar, Trijuginarayan, Gaurikund, and Kedarnath. In addition, there are several guest houses in Sonprayag as well where you can stay. 

Best Time to Visit Kedarnath Sanctuary

The best time to visit Kedarnath Sanctuary is from April to September, when the climatic conditions are favorable for outdoor activities. It is a perfect time to spot exotic wildlife species in their natural habitat.

How to Reach Kedarnath Sanctuary

You can reach Kedarnath Sanctuary in Uttarakhand comfortably by air, rail, and road. The closest airport is the Jolly Grant in Dehradun, situated 252 km away. The closest railhead is located at Rishikesh, at a distance of 235 km. The sanctuary is well-connected by an extensive network of roads. The sanctuary is 14 km away from Gaurikund, 47 km from Guptkashi, and 136 km away from Chamoli in Uttrakhand.