Owning its name from the Gangotri glacier, Gangotri National Park is nestled in the Uttarkashi District in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand. Spread over an area of 2390 sq km the national park is set up on an elevation of 1800 m to 7083 m above the sea level and is reckoned to be an important link between Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and Govind Pashu Vihar. It is one of those national parks which is considered in the biogeographical zone and houses beautiful deodar, fir, oak trees creating a comfortable home-like feel for the wild creatures like snow leopards and tahrs.
Furthermore, Gangotri National park is among the high altitude wildlife sanctuaries of India where a sight not to miss is the Gaumukh Glacier along with the lush green meadows and River Bhagirathi/Ganga that are embedded in the park itself. The park comes under geographical limits of Biographical zone 2A of West Himalaya and its landscape comprises of various springs, waterfalls, snowy mountain peaks, deep gorges, craggy glaciers and high ridges.
Flora in Gangotri National Park
Providing a comfortable and cosy environ to the species is the flora which adds a natural aura to it. The variation ranges from conifers, deodars, fir to oak, spruce and rhododendrons.
Fauna in Gangotri National Park
One of an essential part of the national park are the bird species namely pheasants, Himalayan barbet, monals, partridges, doves and exquisite mammals like the black bear, snow leopard, brown bear, musk deer, blue sheep, tahr, serow and many more such creatures. It is also the homeland of 15 other species of birds and 150 mammals.
Best Time to Visit Gangotri National Park
April to October is the best time to visit Gangotri National Park.