December, 2017 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha
Askot Sanctuary is situated 54 kms from Pithoragarh at an elevation of 7000 meters above the sea level. Askot Sanctuary is also recognized as Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary and is spread over a region of 600 square kms. You can see bharals, monals, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, chirs, koklas, pheasants, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, and chukors. This sanctuary is not only rich in varied flora and fauna but it also affords the charming vistas of nature. Askot Sanctuary is visited by thousands of national as well as international tourists every year.
The Chilla Wildlife Sanctury which expands over an area of 240 sq km is the wildlife as well as vegetation region which is open to visitors. This sanctuary lies on the eastern bank of River Ganges which adds more charm to it. Visitors undertaking a safari into the jungles of Chilla Sanctuary, not only watch a variety of animal species at close quarters but also gets a chance to admire the scenic views of the Ganges and the northern Himalayas.
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.