Untouched National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand, the land where spirituality meets the pristine natural Himalayan beauty. Replete not only with a sense of devotional aura the place is home to some of the most impeccable collection of flora and fauna. The biodiversity of Uttarakhand is so magical that the national parks here are well preserved and maintained to save the habitat. It is also a safe refuge for a number of endangered and rare wildlife species which make this state even more stunning. If you wish to discover the treasures that are housed here then you can visit the following national parks:

Valley of Flowers National Park

This UNESCO world heritage site is nestled peacefully on the lap of the western Himalayan region on an elevation of 3,668 metres above sea level. In order to maintain the sanctity and beauty of this place, it remains open to a limited number of visitor for a very brief period of time each year from June to October. This is the time when the valley blooms to life with colourful flowers, plants and bushes lining every path and till as far as the eyes can see. Once in the Valley of flower, you can view around 300 different species of alpine and high altitude fauna collection like rhododendrons, Himalayan marsh orchid, poppies, sipper orchid, daisies, marigolds and so on. walking through the stunning landscape from your starting point at Ghangaria village to the park will also allow you to have a refreshing experience.

Nanda Devi National Park

Nanda devi National Park, Uttarakhand

Another remarkable UNESCO world heritage site Nanda Devi national park has was established in the year 1982 and is also a wonderful biosphere reserve. The park is surrounded on all sides by big lofty Himalayan peaks, glaciers, and gushing streams which forms the perfect haven for a rich and thriving wildlife. The park is lined with a number of moderate to challenging trekking expeditions and of course all the while you will be accompanied with majestic snow-capped mountain peaks. It is every nature lover’s paradise due to the presence of around more than 312 floral species along with 17 rarely occurring plants and trees of juniper, fir and birch. If lucky you will even get to witness mammals like Himalayan musk deer, Himalayan tahr, brown bear and more. Truly a memorable place to be.

Govind Pashuvihar National Park and Sanctuary

Established in the year 1955 in the district of Uttarkashi this national park is located on the upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayan region. The terrain here is very diverse here which serves as the perfect home for a variety of wildlife like Sikkim mountain vole, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, crested porcupine, etc. apart from the rich animal kingdom here, one can also find some of the most stunning and breathtaking landscape of green meadows and snow-capped peaks. It is also home for some amazing collection of high altitude birds like golden eagle, warbler, Himalayan snowcock and even the state bird of Uttarakhand known as monal. Trekking here on the Har Ki Dun valley is an adventurous experience here which is filled with wildflowers.

Gangotri National Park

Located in the district of Uttarkashi and panning out on an area of 2,390 sq. km. this place is famous for being the third largest national park in the world. The entire park allows you to witness the real meaning of majestic coniferous forest cover and lush rolling green meadows. The park offers a treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. It is an oasis for witnessing some remarkable wildlife culture here like – ibex, tahr, partridges, pheasants, Himalayan Monal, etc. Staying near one of the several budget hotels around the park allows you to have a closer look at the natural beauty here. Camping here and sleeping under the wide-open skies amongst the blessing of nature is something that can only be experienced there.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated at a distance of around 30 km from the magnificently spiritual town of Almora, Binsar wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and explorers. The sanctuary is nestled in between the pristine beauty of the Kumaon Himalayas and the entire region boasts of enigmatic greenery. You can stay the night in one of the several government houses available here which can be also used as a camp for you to stay and explore the flora and fauna collection here. Established in the year 1988 this protected region is the perfect place to go with your family and loved ones if it is a peaceful adventure time you are looking for.

Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary

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This stunning deer sanctuary is located at a distance of 54 km from the off-beat location of Pithoragarh. The rare species here are extremely rare but well protected and some of the mammals found here include Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, Himalayan jungle cat, barking deer, etc. Perched on an elevation of 1,600 metres above sea level and panning over an area of 600 sq. km., this place is truly a hamlet for nature lovers and peace seekers as well apart from being a true delight for bird watchers. This is probably one of the most untouched and pristine wildlife sanctuaries here.


This is a guest post by Sakshi:

Sakshi is an avid travel writer, explorer and overall a creative individual. She loves writing about offbeat places and hidden jewels along with capturing beautiful landscapes.

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Planning for a Road Trip? Here’s What You Need

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Hitting the road this winter? Then here’s what you got to have. Road trips are always fun but at the same time if you don’t know what you should have and should not, your trip can go the other way round too. That’s why we are here to tell you about the top 6 things that you must carry with you when you decide to hit the road, either with your friends or all alone. Here they are:

1. The power inverter adapter

You will need your mobile phone, tablet, and other similar gadgets to help you stay connected with your friends and family. You never know when you will take out your mobile phone to click a picturesque scenery and upload it on your social networking sites. Keep all your gadgets charged with the power inverter adapter. Many brands are providing will good inverter adapter, which you can plug into your car’s socket and charge your devices at just one go.

2. Potable speakers

You must be thinking why in the world you would need a portable speaker when you already have a powerful music system installed in the car. The road trip doesn’t only mean travelling in the car and not taking a halt in between. Of course, you won’t be driving 24 x 7. It’s thoroughly unsafe to do that. So, keep your speakers ready and have a musical night whenever you wish to with these portable speakers. Portable speakers always come in handy and once you buy them and hit the road, then only you will understand why we are putting so much emphasis on buying them. Avail Amazon first-time user offers available on Couponscurry to buy a portable speaker.

3. Phone mount

Phone mount is another useful thing to buy. Phone mount is not just useful for road trips but for any car, journey to be precise. You will need navigation, won’t you? I mean unless you are an encyclopaedia and a direction master, you will need the help of a navigation app to navigate you throughout your journey. So, buy a phone mount for your car. Fix it on the dashboard or on the front windshield and you are good to go.

4. The Swiss army knife

Another must-have gadget for your upcoming road trip is a Swiss army knife. Believe it or not, you need it. A swiss army knife has a lot of useful tools inside it. You get pliers, bottle opener, scissors, screwdriver, knife, toothpick, and more. All of these tools are put inside a small tool to keep you prepared for any circumstances. Carrying a Swiss army knife with you is always a wise decision.

5. LED road flares

We will never want you to face any car breakdown, especially when you are on a road trip. But being precautious is what smarty pants would do. In case your car breaks down in an unknown highway which you hardly know, you can place a bright flashlight on the roof of your car as a sign of emergency and passers-by will understand that you need help. This can save your life. Modern-day flashlights are safer to use. So get one for yourself too.

6. Bluetooth headset

You know how dangerous it is to drive and talk right! But, still, so many of us do that jeopardising our and other passengers’ life. Be responsible and save yourself from any kinds of mishaps. Buy a Bluetooth headset using the Tatacliq flat Rs.500 off for first-time user offer and stay connected with all your loved ones and friends. Your people are waiting for you to be back from your long-awaited trip. The Bluetooth headset device will let you call anyone anytime without diverting your eyes from the starring wheel.

So, these are our top picks for your next road trip. Be ready with all these gadgets and have a wonderful journey. Road trips are meant for fun, don’t let anything stop you from having fun. Just because you have chosen to travel with your friends doesn’t mean you don’t need these items. You still do. Go buy them today and plan for your upcoming road trip.

Escape to Kashmir – A Travel Film | A Must Watch

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It was quite hard to take the decision for traveling in Kashmir. Negative feedback from many people gave me sharp negative vibes before the trip. But I was determined.

My wife and I were ready for the life-changing trek called KGL or Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

We started our journey for Srinagar on the bright morning of 7th July 2018. See what happened afterward.

If you enjoy this video, please do like, comment and share it with your friends and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. It will encourage me to make more videos like this.

Till then, Travel, Share & Inspire.


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Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.


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Fresh Destinations for 2018

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This article was originally published on WeekendHaven.com.

This year, let’s resolve to make the most out of our travel dreams and cross countries off our travel bucket list. From gastronomic celebrations and beach getaways to indulging in local culture and venturing out with extreme adventures, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your guide to fresh destinations for 2018 that will reignite your inner wanderlust.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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The playground of the rich and famous, Dubai is a melting pot of cultures that thousands of expatriates and tourists each year. Over the years, Dubai has strived to innovate and develop architectural wonders that make it a city full of adventure. Indulge in a luxury stay in Dubai at a downtown hotel that offers easy access to metro stations that link you to major sights and attractions.

View the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and taste local delicacies at the Dubai Desert Safari and Bedouin Camp. Feeling courageous? Fly to your greatest adventure at Skydive Dubai and see the world under your feet.

Osaka, Japan

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Experience the old and new Japan as you stay at one of the beautiful hotels in Osaka. After exploring Japan’s well-preserved historic castles, delight in a flavorful experience in the country that boasts the most Michelin-starred restaurants. In Osaka, you can try out the most epic ramen, the tastiest sushi, or mouth-watering Wagyu beef.

El Paso, Texas, USA

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Texas boasts a diverse landscape, and outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of action-filled adventure, beaches, and nature. Take a ride along a scenic trail for a breathtaking view of El Paso, Juárez, and surrounding mountains. Remember to book early to get your best rates on El Paso hotels.  Start off your trail at the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban wilderness park in the U.S., and delight in the sunset views from the Wyler Aerial Tramway, which offers a 360-degree view of the canyon.

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Sleepy town no more, this part of Florida is becoming a popular yet affordable family-friendly destination. Jacksonville is known for its charming neighborhoods and sandy beaches. This city offers a unique atmosphere with a long stretch of uncrowded beaches, food truck fare, craft beer, and a thriving art scene that draws more and more visitors each year. You’ll also find plenty of Jacksonville hotels that offer great value.

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea is taking over the world, and we’re loving it. From Korean dramas to K-pop music to Korean cuisine, the Korean scene has stolen our heart.

Check out our five-day Seoul itinerary for a massive list of what to see, eat, and experience when in Seoul. Wear the hanbok or Korean traditional clothing for free entry to the royal palaces.

Beyond this list of fresh destinations for 2018 you’ll find more places to see and discover. You just have to take the first step. Let us know in the comments which ones are you up to explore this year.

My 2 Days in Gangtok – A Short Weekend Trip

If you are getting bored with your daily life and work. Then leave your place and go for a short weekend trip to Sikkim as I did.

I went to Gangtok this January 2018. On day 1 I went for local Gangtok sightseeing and visited following places.

It is called Gangtok 7-Point Sightseeing

  1. Suicide point
  2. Flower garden
  3. Chorten Stupa
  4. The famous Gangtok Ropeway
  5. Bakthang Waterfall
  6. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
  7. Tashi Viewpoint

Next day I went to visit Changu lake and Baba Mandir.

I have made this short 3 mins video of my Gangtok tour. Please watch and like this video if you really enjoy it. Also please don’t forget to subscribe my YouTube channel Top Five Buzz Travel Vlogger to get more video like this.


Author Bio:

Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.

Sikkim Diaries: Serendipity at Nathu La Pass

Watching snowfall has always been a beautiful dream for me. Never did I imagine that I would experience it and that too, in the month of May when it is the peak of the summer season in India.

Yes, it happened to me a couple of years back in Sikkim.

It was the second week of May. We set out to visit Tsomgo Lake (Chhangu), Baba Mandir and Nathu La (Himalayan pass) from Gangtok. It was cloudy when we started at 10 in the morning. By the time we reached Chhangu it started drizzling.

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I have seen so many beautiful images of Tsomgo Lake with its bluish water. Unfortunately, it was only shades of grey all around that day. Only the prayer flags added a dash of color to the landscape.

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After a brief halt by the lake, we headed towards Baba Mandir. We had a bowl of steaming Momo at a restaurant beside the temple dedicated to the brave soul and legend Baba Harbhajan Singh.

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baba mandir, gangtok, sikkim

By the time we resumed our journey to Nathu La it was raining heavily. Hailstones lashed the road making it slippery and harder to drive. For a moment, I thought we won’t be able to make it to Nathu La this time due to poor weather condition.

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Little did I know then that the bad weather would soon turn out to be a boon for us! 🙂

It was getting colder as we drove up the zig-zag roads. After some time, I noticed that the hailstones looked unusually white.

We asked the driver to stop. As the car stopped, I opened the door and stretched my hands outside.

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Gosh! It was not raining anymore. It was snowing! :O

snowfall, nathula, sikkim

When we finally reached Nathu La, it was white all around. Soft, white snow covered the entire place.

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I didn’t have my gloves with me, therefore, managed to click only a few snaps with quivering fingers.

At a distance, the Indo-Chinese border gate was almost invisible in the mist and snow.

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nathula pass, sikkim

It was freezing outside and soon I had to retire to the warmth of our car. This snowfall was completely unexpected but it was truly AMAZING an experience! A memory I would cherish all my life.

Snowfall… or luck by chance! Whatever it is… a selfie is a must. Hope you recognize me…  😉 🙂

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Did you ever experience serendipity? Please do share your story with us in the comment section.

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Watch This Epic Journey to Himalayas – Goecha La to Ladakh

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Journey to Himalaya is an epic adventure of our Goecha La trek, Sandakphu, Spiti Valley and Ladakh Journey. Himalaya drone shots, time lapses of Goecha La, Sandakphu, Spiti Valley and Ladakh were used to create this video.

If you enjoy this video please do like, comment and share.


Author Bio:

Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.

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