- This place lies on the India-Nepal border in the foothills of the Himalaya and the plains of the ‘terai’. The main attractions of the park are its Swamp Deer
and tiger. The park is famous for the untiring efforts of ‘Billy’ Arjan Singh, one of India’s leading conservationists, who was instrumental in the creation of Dudhwa as a sanctuary of the Swamp Deer. Later he successfully hand-reared and re-introduced zoo-born Tigers and Leopards into the wilds of
The forests here are reminiscent of the forests of Bardia on the Nepal side, with huge Sal trees, tall termite mounds, patches of riverine forests and large open grasslands.
In the mid 1980s, Indian Rhinoceros was reintroduced into Dudhwa from Assam and Nepal. The park has a rich
birdlife, with over 350 species, including the Swamp Partridge,
Slaty-backed Woodpecker and Bengal Florican. Visiting periods are Mid November-mid June, the best period being February-April.
- Corbett National Park, 'the land of the trumpet, roar and song' where Project Tiger was launched in 1973, is regarded as one of
India's finest national park.
The major wildlife boasts Tiger, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur,
Sambar, Hogg Deer. Corbett is drained by the Ramganga river, the dam at Kalagarh forming a huge lake to the west of the park. The park is essentially a large low valley.
A range of hills runs through the middle of the park, roughly east to west with an elevation varying from 400 - 1,200
mtrs. The forests are moist deciduous, with Sal as the climatic climax. Chir Pine trees are to be found on the higher ridges of the hills. On the low-lying areas riverine forests,
Shisham, Khair and Haldu trees, are intermixed with grasslands known locally as
The park is conveniently located and it is one of the most visited parks of India with varying standards of accommodation found in the different ranges of the park.
Visiting Season are November-Mid June, the best period being February-April.
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Park - Rajaji National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The wildlife of the park is blessed with elephants, tigers, Leopards, Deer And Ghorals as its best-known life forms.
Three sanctuaries in the Dehradun Shivaliks- Rajaji National Park, Motichur and Chilla were amalgamated into a large protected area and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari, popularly known as
It is Spread over an area of 820.42 sq kms., representing vegetation of several distinct zones and forest types like riverine, broad-leaf mixed forests, Chirpine forests, scrubland and grassy pasturelands. It possesses as many as 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species.
Watch a herd of Elephants roaming majestically in the jungle or even a Tiger picking its way through the tall grass or may find oneself excited by wildlife of many kinds including Leopard, Jungle Cat, Himalayan yellow throated Marten,
Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear,
Langoor, Ghoral, Monitor Lizard, Python, Civet and even king-cobra and a vast variety of winged delights; Pea Fowl, Jungle Fowl, Kaleej Pheasant,
Hornbil, Woodpecker, Thrushes, Kingfishers, Parakeets, Warbler, Barbet, Finch, Indian Roller, Oriola and the list is endless.
In winters, becomes a bigger attractions as far as the avifauna is concerned with a large variety of fascinating migratory birds play in the azure waters of the River Ganga, which flows through the park. Both the rivers of the area, Ganga and Song sheltered various species of fish like Mahaseer, Kalabanse, Goonch, Chilwa and Trout.
Jungle Safari Trips :
Uttaranchal Forest Development Corporation organises a wide range of Jungle Safaris in the high passes of
Uttaranchal. These have a wild thrilling experience you can't get anywhere. So enjoy rides on elephants and get within heart-stopping handshaking distance of
Visiting Season is 15th November to 15th June.
Flowers - The world famous Valley of Flowers is situated in the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in the far interior of Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is spread over an area of 87.5 Sq. Kms. and is 3,250 mts. to 6,750 mts. above sea level. Rich references have been made about this colouful and eye catching valley in the records of Indian History and epic literature such as the Ramayana and
The bloom starts immediately after the melting of snow but the peak blooming period is from mid July to mid of August. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here in natural way. Wherein some of the species are Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold,
Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis,
Inula, Braham Kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema,
Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages,
Sibbaldia, Thermopsis, Trollius, Codonopsis,
Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too.
The abundance of Asmanda fern in this valley is a rare sight than in other Himalayan valleys.
Apart from the flowers some species of Butterfly, Musk Deer, Blue sheep (Bharal), Himalayan Bear, Himalayan Mouse Hare and some Himalayan birds & Snow Leopard are also found in this area. Due to these specialties it has always caught the attention of the nature lovers as well as the environmentalists. To conserve the nature's benevolent gift and to maintain the natural balance of the valley-the valley was declared a National Park in 1982.
The rainy season - in August and September - is the best time to visit the valley, if you want to witness the around 300 varieties of alpine flowers bloom and turn the valley into a flower paradise.
- A Bird Watchers Paradise
The Asan Barrage, popularly known as Dhalipur lake, was created in the year 1967.
The Asan reservoir attracts 53 species of water birds of which 19 are winter migrants from Eurasia. During winter months 90% of the waterbird population comprises the following 11 migratory species, namely Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Wigeon, Common Teal, Tufted Duck, and
Shoveller. The Asan Reservoir is a small man-made wetland of ca. 4 sq km area, located 40 km west of Dehradun, in the west of Dehradun valley on Dehradun-Paonta road.
Birding Season :
Arrival & Departure-October November December March-end -or Early April, Sometimes April- end
- It is the centerpiece of the Garhwal region.
Nanda Devi peak is considered to be the second highest mountain peak in India, standing at a height of 7, 816m.
The Inner Sanctuary bears similarity to wrongly written alphabet letter E, with the middle strokes made up of the twin peaks of Nanda Devi - the main and the east peaks.
The outer area of the Nanda devi Sanctuary is easier to enter.
An account of the 14 known species of mammals is given by Tak and Lamba (1985) and Lamba (1987). The basin is renowned for the abundance of its ungulate populations, notably bharal Pseudois nayaur
estimated to number 820 in 1977 and 440 in 1981-84 . Preliminary observations suggest that Himalayan musk deer Moschus chrysogaster, serow Capricornis sumatraensis and Himalayan tahr Hemitragus jemlahicus are also fairly common
(, but probably not as plentiful as previously due to hunting
. Other large carnivores are leopard P. pardus (T), Himalayan black bear Selenarctos thibetanus (V) and brown bear Ursus arctos, which is rarely seen. The only primate present is common langur Presbytis entellus
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