Wildlife in Uttarakhand

An affluent wildlife is the highlight of the verdant green state of Uttarakhand. What seem to be the dense forests of Oak and Deodar are actually, the homeland to varied number of recognizable and unknown trees and plants. Mostly habituated by innumerable wild species of animals of which Tiger is most prominent, the state is certainly amongst the finest places for wildlife tourism in India. The state also boasts a high number of birds that nest in varied trees and with their sweet chirps add melody to the surreal ambiance. The alpine meadows though seem isolated are an essential piece of the rich and diverse wildlife of Uttarakhand.

There are as many as 12 National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand that covers about 13.8% of the total area. Lay sprawled in the lowlands with maximum altitude of 800m and in highlands at an elevation of 5400m, the various parks and sanctuaries are indeed the haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The state has two Conservation Reserves - The Asan Barrage and Jhilmil Tal and two World Heritage Sites Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and Valley of Flowers National Park.

Major wildlife species witnessed in the state include - 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.

Uttarakhand is proud proprietor of India’s Oldest National Park, Corbett, which is also the oldest Tiger Reserve. Another prominent national park in Uttarakhand is Valley of Flowers, which is known for its extensive seasonal flower blooming. The park is the part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is home to 300 species of flowering plants and several rare and endangered wild animal species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Apart from these wildlife reserves, Binog Wildlife Sanctuary, Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, Askot wildlife Sanctuary, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Gangotri National Park cordially invite an avid nature lovers, photographers, travelers, adventurers and wildlife lovers from across the country as well as the world.

Popular National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Uttarakhand

  • Jim Corbett National Park

    Escape to the finest reserves in India to discover the varieties of verdure. Observe the charismatic Royal Bengal Tiger and imposing Elephants and that too on enchanting jeep safaris... Read more

  • Rajaji National Park

    Catch the sight of endangered Hornbill, gutsy Bengal Tiger, winsome sloth bears, gallant Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and other wildlife creatures in one of the most appealing wildlife reserves in Uttarakhand...Read more

  • Nanda Devi National Park

    The concealed closet of the majestic Nanda Devi Sanctuary is overflowing with manifold species of flora & fauna including Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, and Snow Leopard to be admired...Read more

  • Valleys of Flowers National Park

    Embrace the exquisiteness of landscape along with enthralling abode of plethora of wild beasts in one of its kind, Valley of Flowers National Park in Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand...Read more

  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Relish the beauty nature of the prominent wildlife reserves in Uttarakhand, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Catch the sight of famous Red Fox, Himalayan Goral, gray langur, and the Red Giant Flying Squirrel...Read more

  • Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pooled with affluent floral species and varieties of mammals, birds, and reptiles, Kedarnath Sanctuary is your ideal destination to spend some time bonding with nature...Read more

  • Askot Wildlife Sanctuary

    Witness the affluent flora and fauna of the majestic Askot Wildlife Sanctuary that proffers wildlife lovers with the opportunity to have an unsurpassed experience to relish... Read more

  • Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

    A treasured solitaire for wildlife holiday lovers to observe the stunning Asiatic elephants, roaring tigers, imposing cheetals, and enthralling reptiles, Sonanadi is your getaway for best wildlife experience in Uttarakhand... Read more

  • Gangotri National Park

    Get amazed by multifarious species of wildlife creatures like brown bear and snow leopard and by lush green meadows and bewitching vistas of Gaumukh Glacier in Gangotri National Park...Read more

Uttarakhand Travel Information at a Glance