Known For : Jungle Safari, Corbett National Park Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park Corbett Waterfall
Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, houses a variety of flora and fauna including rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The oldest National Park in India, Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park and is home to the critically endangered species of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and along the banks of Ramaganga River, this national park in Uttarakhand is home to around 50 species of trees, 580 bird species and 50 species of animals along with 25 reptile species spread over an area of more than 500 sq km covering riverine belts, hills, marshy depressions, lakes, streams and grasslands.
Best Time: Mid October to Mid June
Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Famous for its wildlife, especially for tigers and elephants, Rajaji National Park has recently received the status of a Tiger Reserve by the Government of India. Named in the honour or C. Rajagopalchari, this national park spreads over 3 districts of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. This national park in Uttarakhand is also enriched with valuable fossils which date back to as old as 10 million years old.
Best Time: Mid November to Mid June
In proximity to Nanda Devi, which is the second highest peak in India, lies the Nanda Devi National Park in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this national park in Uttarakhand is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and is home to some of the rarest and unique high-altitude flora and fauna in the world. The breathtaking views, coupled with the richness of biosphere, set this national park aside from all others that are located in the country.
Known For : Valley of Flowers National Park Nanda Devi National Park
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. This is the most picturesque national park in Uttarakhand, gracing the beauty of Western Himalayas. Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.
Best Time: May to October
Located within a distance of 30 kilometres from the Almora town, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand is a paradise for the nature lovers and explorers. Nestled amidst the high mountains of the beautiful Kumaon, Binsar is not a town or a village, but entirely a forest region. Established in 1988 mainly to protect the broad-leaved oak trees of Himalayas, it has now become a haven for more than 200 species of birds and almost half as many plants and animals. The best part about Binsar is that every experience is real and as authentic as it gets.
Gangotri National Park is nestled in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state, India. This national park owes its name from the Gangotri Glacier. Challenging treks, crushed snow, beaten trails, whistling woods, and ruffled leaves add to the thrill of visiting this national park in Uttarakhand. One will easily encounter some of the oldest settlements, the holiest pilgrimage of Hindus, and the source of river Ganga while traversing through the Park. Idyllically situated in the natural surroundings of the Garhwal region, this National Park is a famous high-altitude Wildlife Sanctuary of India. The grandeur of the glacial world and numberless coniferous trees define the charming vision of Gangotri National Park.
A haven for wildlife lovers and botany enthusiast, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand is adorned with a wide range of flora and fauna. Located at the height of 5412 m and at a distance of 54 km from Pithoragarh, this place is bounded by rich and gorgeous surroundings.
Spread across an area of nearly 5 sq. km, the Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary in Uttarakhand is a paradise for flora and fauna lovers. The sanctuary offers a peaceful adobe for musk deer and some of the Himalayan wildlife.
Nature parks and wildlife sanctuaries are safe havens for the diverse flora and fauna, and the north-Indian state is home to an important one - the Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarakhand state. Situated in the Uttarkashi district of the state, Govind Pashu Vihar was initially established as a wildlife sanctuary and later it attained the status of a national park.
Famous for its almost-extinct mountain quails, deer, leopards and red-billed blue magpie, the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand is well known to house rare species of birds and offers an excellent trail of pine-clad slopes surrounded by Himalayan peaks for a refreshing walk.
Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve boasts of being the first privately owned and operated wildlife sanctuary in Uttarakhand, which is also the first of its kind in all of India. Located on the Mussoorie- Dhanaulti road, around 15 kms from the heart of the city, the nature park is spread over 100 acres of land. At an elevation of approximately 2000 metres above the sea level, the sanctuary is set around different altitudinal zones with an extensive variety of rare plants, insects, reptiles, animals, trees, birds and mammals.
The national parks in Uttarakhand are spectacular sights as they are set against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas. If you are in Uttarakhand, make sure to visit any of these national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
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