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Uttaranchal Wildlife Tour
Uttaranchal is a popular destination known for its multihued cities and activities. A haven for all jungle lovers, it is home to Corbett National Park, where you can view tigers and other wild animals in their natural habitat. Take an early morning jeep or elephant ride and watch these majestic creatures at close quarters. Move on to visit Mussoorie, one of the finest hill stations in India. Visit its various attractions and catch views of the splendid Himalayas.
Wildlife in Uttaranchal
Wildlife in Uttaranchal is dominated by varieties of wild sheep, goat, oxen, antelopes and butterflies. The windswept mountain plains act as a good grazing ground for these animals. Musk deer and squirrel can also be seen frequenting this blade of tree line.
Corbett National Park :
Jim Corbett National Park or Tiger Reserve is situated in the foothills of ancient Shivalik range in Uttaranchal. It is India’s finest park spread over 520 sq km along the banks of the Ramganga River. It is just 300 km northeast of Delhi. It was established initially as Hailey National Park on the 8th August, 1936, in honour of Sir Malcolm Hailey, the governor of the United Provinces, the name was changed to Ramganga National Park in 1952. In 1957, it was finally named as Jim Corbett Park in honour and memory of late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter, naturalist-turned-author and photographer who had helped in setting up the park and demarcating its boundaries. Corbett is regarded as one of the true bird parks of the world.
Though the park is developed to preserve tigers, but other animal life also seen here. Besides tigers, one can see here little/staty backed Forktails and Mountain/Rufousbellied Hawk-Eagles here. Inside Corbett Park, Blue Whistling Thrush and Red Jungle Fowl are immediate possibilities. But with some efforts one can spot Oriental White-eye, Jungle Owlet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Himalayan Swift let, Lesser Fish-Eagle or even Great Thick-knee, Stork-billed Kingfisher and many more. Mammals include Tiger, Indian Elephant, Chital, Sambhar, Muntjack (Barking Deer), Hog Deer and Common Langur.
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary :
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uttarkashi district. Established in 1955, includes mountains like swarg Rohini, Black Peak and Bandarpunch . Apart from the Sanctuary, the place is a popular tourist destination, mainly because of the beauty of its snow-clad peaks and glaciers. Attracting many trekkers and famous for its lush green beauty is Hari-ki-Dun. The wide variety of animal species that lives here includes Himalayan black bears, tahr, serow, monal, snow leopard, brown bears, tragopan, chir, bharal, musk deer, koklas, kalij pheasants and chukor.
Nanda Devi National Park :
Nanda Devi National Park is spread in over in an area of 630 sq. km., just next to the Nanda Devi Peak, which is the second highest mountain in India -7816 metre. It was established in 1980. The first men on record to have reached this Sanctuary, while yet in its pristine form, were the British Mountaineers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman. The area had largely remained undisturbed till then, except for Tilman's successful attempt on Nanda Devi in 1936. However, from 1950 onwards the increasing number of treks & climbing expeditions to the area has somewhat affected the virgin character of this place. A unique mix of flora and fauna is characteristic of this park. The fauna includes the brown and Himalayan black bears, Himalayan thar, snow leopards, serow and chir pheasants.
Rajaji National Park :
Surrounded by mountains, Raja Ji National Park is located in Dehradun, Uttaranchal. It is the biggest park of Uttaranchal. It is a perfect retreat with beautiful spots for picnic and excursions. Its pleasant climate adds further to its charm and makes it an attractive tourist destination. Established in 1996 on the edge of the Dehradun valley is Raja Ji National Park, covering an area of approx 820sq.km. The wildlife here includes elephant, tiger, panther, bear, chital, sambar, wild boar, kakar, python, monitor lizard and a large variety of avian fauna. You find many opportunities of viewing these animals in their natural habitat here.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary :
The Binsar wild life sanctuary encompasses an area of about 50 sq. Kms in the middle The Binsar wild life sanctuary encompasses an area of about 50 sq. Km in the middle Himalaya near Almora. This tract is considered to be one of the most beautiful tracts in kumaon region. The slopes vary from step to very step. The terrain has been shaped by the action of running water. The climatic conditions prevailing in the Binsar sanctuary range from temperate to sub-arctic. Winters are very cold and Heavy snowfall is received.
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