Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park
The Park is spread over an area of 472sq.km. and sanctuary in 485.89sq km. in Uttarkashi District. The forest of the park consists of Chirpine, scrub tropical Euphorbia scrub and oak species.In the Eighth Five-year plan, the Government of India set up the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Snow Leopard ProjectĂ˘â‚¬Âť to ensure the long-term conservation of the elusive and endangered Snow Leopard. In 1990, a team of experts chose the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary as one of the implementation sites of the project and, subsequently, 472 sq. km within the upper reaches of the sanctuary (the Snow leopardĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s preferred habitat) were notified as the Govind National Park. It lies between Longitude: 78.05Ă‚ÂşE and Latitude: 31.00 to 31.25Ă‚ÂşN.
The wild life species found in the park are snow leopard, leopard cat, the brown and the black Himalayan bear, fishing cat, musk deer, serow, thar, goral, sambar, wild boar, etc. The birds found are monal, snow pigeon, green pigeon. The best period for visiting the best park is from May to October. Accomadation is available in Forest Rest Houses.
The altitude within the park ranges from 1400m to 6323m above sea level and magnificent, jaggered snow-capped peaks mesmerize all visitors. Within the park, the emerald greenery of the Har-ki-dun valley is a paradise for trekkers, while the Ruinsiyara high altitude lake is popular amongst nature lovers. Tourists also frequent the Har-ki-dun Forest Rest House, known for its location amidst a valley of wild flowers. The forest rest houses of Naitwar, Taluka and Osla are en-route to Hari-ki-dun and are worthy attractions in their own right.Nearest town from the park is Dharkadhi 17km from the Park. The nearest airport is Dehradun at a distance of 190 km. The rail head is also Dehradun.