(Last Updated on : 12/08/2013)
Wildlife Sanctuaries of North India is the domicile headquarters to an assortment of wild animals and a congregation of flora and fauna. Askot sanctuary is situated at a distance of 54 km from Pithoragarh. Askot was the ancient kingdom of Katyur dynasty it also has a palace of the last Katyuri king. The name of Askot has been derived from the word Asi-kot that is 80 forts. There are remains of the ancient forts all over the area. The area is rich for its sal, oak and pine forest and rich waterfalls. The important assets conserved here are 'Malika Arjun temple' and the 'Swami Narayan Ashram'. The Askot Sanctuary
has charismatic hilly areas, and the houses surrounded by greenery, adds more amazement to its already splendid beauty. Askot is located in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas at a height of 1,650 metres, with the view of snow capped mountain peaks. The places of interest in the sanctuary are snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deer
s, snow cocks, tahrs, bharals, monals, chirs, koklas, pheasants and chukors.
is located at a distance of 31 km from Amoral. Binsar is famous for its outstanding Himalayan view, Birds and wild life. Binsar is one of the most attractive spots in the Kumaon Himalayas and a well-acclaimed hill resort with plenty of Wild Life. Binsar Hills is also known, as Handy Dear. It is placed at 2,310 meters and offers an excellent view of Almora town, Kumaon hills and the greater Himalayas. The surroundings prosper in alpine flora, ferns, hanging moss and species of wild flowers. The chief attraction of Binsar is the splendid view of the Himalayas
-a 300 km stretch of famous peaks, which includes Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trisul, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchchuli. The forests of Himalayan oak and rhododendron are excellent for trekking and associating with nature.
Jim Corbett Park
is home to the thunderous tiger, trumpeting elephant and the twittering birds. The park has earned the name of "Land of Roar, Trumpet and Song". The Park is situated in the foothills of Uttaranchal gifting a sight of extraordinary beauty. It is the Patlidun, a broad flat valley, where the shining, rushing water of the river Ramganga wander through the hills and valleys. Nature has spared no efforts against the green and coppery plants of the forest of Sal. The spread of the glowing red flowers and the glow of the Forest, the delicate hangings of ferns and creepers and the waving tiger grass produce an unforgettable scene of magnificence, while .the colourful birds, lost in otherworldly song, add to the charm of Jim Corbett Park. Although the Sal timber is dropped and extracted in certain parts, the natural beauty of the area has remained undamaged. The Park is particularly attractive, when the flowering trees are in bloom.
The Ramganha comes from the high mountains, it's sparkling, rushing waters emerges through the hills below Sankar and enters the glories of the park. On each side of the river is nature-given scenery, magnificent and erotic. The clear water of the river is not snow fed, nor affected by the melting of snows, so big fishes can be seen in the pools. The river passes through the heart of the park and emerges into the plains at Kalagarh. Popular with anglers (a fisherman who uses a hook and line), it is stocked with the mighty Masher, Indian Trout and Goonch. The rapids make the ladle, spinner and plugs invaluable, but the big monasteries in the pools can be lured by live bait. Fishermen use the synthetic fibre line of at least 15-20 pound strength, with a reel capable of holding at least 200 metres of line. The Mahseer is a good fighter, and the first rush is a tremendous damage on the line for at least the first 50 metres. A fishing permit is necessary. The shallows and backwaters are full of small fish.
Govind Wild Life Sanctuary
was established in 1955, and is situated in an isolated and complex area of Uttarkashi
district. One has to trek from Chakras by the upper Shimla
road. Part of the sanctuary is above the snow line, and includes mountains like Swarg Rohini, Black Peak and Banderpoonch. Apart from the Sactuary, the place is a popular tourist destination, mainly because of the beauty of its snow-clad peaks and glaciers. It attracts many trekkers and is famous for its fertile green beauty. The wide variety of animal species that lives here includes Himalayan black bears, tahr, serow, monal, snow leopard, brown bears, tragapan, chir, bharal, musk deer, koklas, kaleej pheasants and chukor. The best season to visit this sanctuary is from May to October.
was established in the year 1972 Kedarnath Sanctuary lies broadly at 967 sq km in the land of gods Garhwal. In the wasteland of this sanctuary, animals like snow leopard, snow cock, tahr, musk deer
and serow can be seen along with many species of birds. To Study the details of the musk deer a project funded by WWF was undertaken between 1978 -1980. The best season to visit this Sanctuary is from April to June and again from September to November.
Nanda Devi Sanctuary
is situated in Chamoli district. It lies just next to the Nanda Devi peak. It was established in 1980. The first men to have reached this Sanctuary, while yet in its perfect form, were the British mountaineers Eric Ship ton and Bill Tillman. The area had largely remained peaceful until then, except for Tillman's successful attempt on Nanda Devi in 1936. The present sanctuary came into existence in 1939. There are no roads available and the area is unreachable. Te only way to reach this sanctuary is to drive from Joshimath 25 km by road upto Lata and then 51 km trekking up to the sanctuary. Fauna includes Snow leopard, Himalayan Bear, Musk deer and Pheasant. The best season to visit is from April to May. Nanda Devi Sanctuary covers an area of 630 sq km.
Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary
is situated in the Terai area of Bahraich district
. It was established in 1976 and it covers an area of 400 km2. It is managed along with the Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, as part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger of the Government of India. The Forests of Katerniaghat provide strategic connectivity between tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and the Bardia National Park in Nepal.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
is situated just above the Tendong Hill
in the Northern Corner of the South Sikkim
. The sanctuary houses a variety of animals and birds and is also rich in flora. It is 65 Kms from Gangtok
, the capital town of Sikkim
. Covered by thick forests the sanctuary is spread over an area of 36.43 sq kms. It serves as a delight for the wildlife lovers. The word 'Maenam' means a 'treasure house of medicines' and the sanctuary is has many plants of medicinal value.
Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary
was established in 1992, is one of the special tourist attraction spots in Himachal Pradesh
. Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary spans over an area of 140050 hectare of land. The elevation range of this Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is 3,600-6,700 m above mean sea level. The vegetation near Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary is sparse and has high medicinal properties.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
, Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary
, Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
, Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary
, Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
, Noorichan Wildlife Sanctuary
and the Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary
are the other North Indian Wildlife Sanctuaries.