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
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
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.