About Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttarakhand
Located near the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is one of the popular sanctuaries in India - The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. Govind Wildife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 957.969 sq km. With rich green forest cover and Yamuna River flowing through this sanctuary one can expect rich bio diversity with wild varied of flora and fauna making it their home. The Govind WIldllife Sanctuary was established in 1955 for the protection and conservation of the wild animals within the Himalayas and the forests nearby. This sanctuary forms an must visit destination for tourists who visit Uttarkashi, as it is easily accessible. Not just the accessibility but also the beauty of this sanctuary with lush thick forest, snow capped Himalayan peaks and glaciers make a picturesque spot. Additionally it also forms an favorite destination for adventure sport lovers for the marvelous treks and mountaineering options that it provides. Most of all the sanctuary is famous for its Snow leopards who form the natural inhabitants of the forest and Himalayas.
Location of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
The Govind Wildife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 957.969 sq km and is located in the Uttarkashi Distrct of Uttarakhand. The sanctuary is surrounded by Himalayan peaks and glaciers with River Yamuna flowing through the sanctuary which forms the main source of water for the animals in the park.
Flora and Fauna in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
The flora of Govind Wildife Sanctuary includes dense vegetation along with some rich source of medicinal plants which are included in few of the important life saving drugs. When it comes to fauna, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many natural inhabitant which include Snow leopards primarily. Additionally the sanctuary forms home to many other species including the Bharal, brown bear, black bear, leopard, musk deer, serow, black bear, thar etc to name a few. Some endangered bird species can also be found in this sanctuary which include monal pheasant, golden eagle, steppe eagle, western tragopan, Himalayan Snow cock and other birds including minivets, owls, parakeets, thrushes, pigeons, bulbuls, cuckoos and much more.
How to reach Govind Wildife Sanctuary
The nearest airport for Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is around 200 km away. The nearest rail road for this sanctuary is Dehradun, Hrishikesh and Haridwar. From the airport as well as railway station one can easily find buses and private vehicles which drop you to the sanctuary. The entrance gate for this sanctuary is known as Naitwar and there are daily bus services for Naitwar from Dehradun, Uttarkashi and Haridwar.
When to visit Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
The ideal time to visit Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is from April to June and September to November. The sanctuary receives heavy rainfall and hence it should be avoided during monsoons.
Entry fees and other charges of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary charges a minimal amount as entry fee and some additional charges for camera and video cameras. Please contact the park officials for more details as the fees are subject to change and are charged as per the season.
Popular treks in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
Few of the popular treks which tourists can opt for include:
1. Sankri - Talika - Osla - Har ki Doon Trek which is 38 km
2. Sankri - Talika - Osla - Ruinsara Tal Trek which is 40 km
3. Naitwar - Himri - Droni - Rupin Pass - Sangla Trek which is 60 km
4. Ruinsara Tal - Yamunotri Trek which is 20 km
Where to stay in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
The preferable accommodation facility for Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is in Uttarkashi. However one can also stay in rest houses which are arranged within the sanctuary by the Grahwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. Catering facility can also be made available for large groups.
Contact details of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
For other information and reservations contact:
The Wildlife Warden
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary
District - Uttarkashi