Uttarakhand, a north-Indian state comprising mainly of the Himalayan ranges, is famous for its Hindu Pilgrimage sites and the wide range of animal and bird species found in its lap. It is a vibrant place replete with natural beauty owing to the mountains and the age-old trees that come with it. Uttarakhand has seven wildlife sanctuaries, with Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary, Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary, and Benog wildlife sanctuary being the most popular ones.
National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are a prime feature of Uttarakhand. Wildlife lovers, naturalists, eco-tourists and holidaymakers keep flocking to the region all the year round. The state is known for its diversified flora and fauna. It is in this region that travellers get to see some of the most endangered and rarely seen animal species in the world. Not only for animal lovers but for bird watching enthusiasts as well, Uttarakhand has a number of surprises in store to satiate their thirst for wildlife watching. Major wildlife species to be watched here include the Indian Tiger, deer, Sloth bear, Black bear, Indian elephant, leopard, Jungle cat, Rhesus monkey, langur, ghoral (goat antelopes), wild dog, common otter, porcupine, python, King cobra and a variety of resident and migratory bird species.
Importance of Uttarakhand’s Wildlife Sanctuaries
Thus, apart from being a sacred place, Uttarakhand is also home to several endangered and fascinating birds and animals species. Most importantly, it is a prominent state in the Save the Tiger Project, which aims to restore the tiger population in India.
The state is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Its sanctuaries are home to several migratory birds in the winter, apart from their usual inhabitants. Most of the sanctuaries are located near the mountains, at a higher elevation, and are taken care of by the state government.
Apart from being a sacred place, Uttarakhand is also home to extinct birds and animals species and the most important of all it is the prominent state in maintaining the number of tigers in India. The beauty of the sanctuary is mind-blowing with most of the sanctuaries being located near the mountains and at a higher elevation. The sanctuaries of Uttarakhand have a large number of migratory birds every year in the winters. These sanctuaries are taken care of by the Uttarakhand State Government.