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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett national park was established by Jim Corbett-a prominent wildlife conservationist.Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936. Corbett National Park is the most celebrated wildlife reserve in the India. It represents an amalgamation of two distinct cultures of Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand. Situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is the oldest and the first wildlife reserve in India extended over 1318 sq kms including core and buffer area, and is also known as the natural hub to the wild animals especially tigers. The foliage of Corbett Park is extremely beautiful and gives a picturesque view. Tourism in Corbett National Park has been steadily growing since its inception.

The magnificent river Ramganga passes through the Corbett National Park. Its rich bio-diversity and picturesque landscape make the visit to this Park memorable and pleasurable. It is home to the endangered species of Tiger.

Flora and Fauna

The flora of the park includes the the mountains, sal forests, chaurs, khair-sissoo forests, and rivers. The Sal and Sheesam is the most important characters of the north India. Big Sal trees and temporary marshy lands look like a green garment of the Park, which also accommodate all the wild animals as well as mammals. The Jim Corbett National Park has many attractions for a visitor. It accommodates around 110 tree species, 580 bird species, 50 mammals’ species and 25 reptile species.

Nanda Devi National Park

The Nanda Devi National Park is a national park situated around the peak of Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi National Park has a unique fusion of flora and fauna.

Nanda Devi National Park is an outstanding mountain wilderness with few if any parallels elsewhere in the Himalayas on account of its concentration of high peaks and glaciers lying within a range of near – natural habitats. It lies within a bio geographical transition zone between the Western and Eastern Himalayas and supports a variety of threatened and uncommon species of large mammals.

The Sanctuary can be divided into two parts, Inner and Outer.- The Inner Sanctuary occupies roughly the eastern two-thirds of the total area,two major glaciers and contains Nanda Devi itself. The Outer Sanctuary occupies the western third of the total Sanctuary.

Govind National Park

A visit to the Govind National Park also gives a chance to witness glaciers, mountains and a unique combination of Himalayan flora and fauna. Bird spotting at this park is the most favourite activity and to more than 150 species of birds for its credit, it is truly an avian paradise. Apart from the wild animals, the Binsar sanctuary is a depot of different hued flowers and the delicate drapery of ferns.

People come here to take a break from their routine life and admire nature in its purest form since nothing beats the bliss of appreciating some of the most beautiful things on earth. Thus, being home to different species of Leopard, Jungle Cat, Civet Cat, Barking Deer, Serow, Ghoral and Brown Bear, Musk Deer and rare birds- Uttarakhand covers a wide gamut of wildlife which is also dominated by varieties of wild sheep, goat, oxen, antelopes, butterflies and squirrel.

Thanks to the recent government initiatives, eco resources have been identified in the state and the concept of eco tourism is getting popular with the visitors. Conservation projects to save the white tigers the red pandas have also been initialised.

The best time to get acquainted with the wildlife in Uttarakhand is the months on the cooler side of the temperature scale and the best part is Uttarakhand enjoys a beautiful climate that remains pleasant even during the summer months. However, during monsoon time, the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are closed for the visitors.

National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are a prime feature of Uttarakhand. The state has 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries which covers 13.8 % of the total area of the state. Uttarakhand is well known among tourists for its Wildlife Sanctuaries.These Parks and Sanctuaries are locating at different altitudes varying from 750 mts to the high altitude Protected Areas at 5400 mts.

National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Corbett National Park
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Nanda Devi National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Valley of Flowers National Park
  • Gangotri National Park
  • Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary
  • Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
  • Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Binog Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Asan Conservation reserve
  • Jhilmil Tal Conservation Reserve

Travel tips : Prefered wildlife destination according to weather

There are three well defined seasons to visit Jim Corbett National Park

Winter: November to February

Summer: March to June

Monsoon: July to October

  • Rajaji National Park remains open from 15th November till 15th June.
  • Nanda Devi National Parks remains open from 15th June to 15th September.
  • Valley of Flowers remains open from 1st June to 31st October.
  • The ideal season for visiting the Gangotri National Park is summer (April to October)
  • April ,June and September to November is best time to visit Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary.
  • Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct and Nov is the best time to visit Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
  • April to September is best time to visit Askot Wildlife Sanctuary.

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