December, 2017 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is situated 68kms from Nainital and is also India's oldest national park being established in 1936. The park was named after hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett. It covers an area of 521 square kilometers. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including elephant, tiger, chital, Sambar Deer, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and around 600 species of birds.
Rajaji National Park is 4.7 kms from Birla Ghat and was established in 1983. Rajaji National Park is situated along the hills and foothills of Shiwalik ranges in the Himalayan foothills and represent the Shiwalik eco-system. The national park's name has been dedicated to C. Rajagopalachari, fondly known as Raja Ji. Combining three sanctuaries, namely Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji - Rajaji National Park is spread over the Pauri Garwal, Dehradun and Saharanpur districts of Uttarakhand. The picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity of the park serve as its major attractions for both nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts.
Very famous and known, Valley Of Flowers was discovered by Frank Smythe along with R. L. Holdsworth in the 1930s. It lies 6 kms from Bhyundar village and covers an area of 87.5 kms, exceptionally rich in floral wealth. In fact the valley has the largest collection of wild flower species. According to mythological legends, Lord Hanuman visited the valley to collect 'Sanjeevani' herb to save the life of Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama. The Pushpawati river flows through the verdant valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. The snow melts from May onwards and the entire valley blooms with exotic flowers till September. There are over 521 species of flowering plants and the area was declared a national park in 1982 to preserve the bio-diversity of the valley. The park is also inhabiting by animals like' Himalayan black bears, musk deer, brown bears, snow leopards, tahr, bharal, serow and rich variety of butterflies.