Red Panda is found in Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary

Red Panda & Other Endangered Species at Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary

Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Upper Dibang Valley district, the least populated district in India, formed in 2011, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Red Panda, an Endangered animal species, is found here.

dibang wildlife sanctuary

Red Panda is found in Dibang Wild life Sanctuary.

The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary near Indo-China border, was created in 1992. A beautiful lake is there in the middle of the valley. Dibang River, which flows through the length of the valley, originates in China.

Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary has an area of 5112 square kilometers. It is rich in flora and fauna. This wildlife sanctuary is home to rare species of animals like Asiatic black bear, Gongshan Muntjac, Mishmi Takin, Musk deer, Red Goral, Serow, Tiger,etc. Its also home to some rare species of birds like Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, etc.

Dibang wild life sanctuary was recently in the news for spotting a flying squirrel named ‘Mishmi Hills giant flying squirrel’ (Petaurista Mishmiensis), discovered near the border of the sanctuary.

Namdapha Tiger Reserve and Pakke Tiger Reserve are part of this wildlife sanctuary. Kameng Elephant Reserve is also part of this sanctuary. Parashuram Kund, a popular pilgrimage place, is situated close to this sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary?

Dibang wildlife sanctuary is quite hard to access, as it lies at the north eastern part of the country. Anini, the capital of the district is the northernmost district capital in India. Roing is the main settlement near to Anini.

Guwahati railway station is the nearest major railway station to Dibang wildlife sanctuary. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport alias Guwahati International Airport is the nearest major airport to the wildlife sanctuary. (Tezu Airport is at around 300 kilometers away from Anini. Itanagar Airport is a new airport under construction in the state. Both these airports are not operational now.)

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is near to Badrinath in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state, India on the Western Himalayas.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park
Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park was declared as a national park in 1982. It is a UNESCO World heritage site (along with nearby Nanda Devi National Park), at 3250 to 6750 meters above sea level. The main valley is 8 kilometers by 2 kilometers in length and breadth. this national park has an area of 87.50 square kilometers

Flowers in valley of flowers National Park changes its colors at different times/days according to the colors of the flowers and is one of the most beautiful High Altitude Valleys of the World. Himalayan valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is rich in flora with different species of valley flowers.

Alpine flowers, a rare species, is found only in this Himalayan Valley National Park in the world. There are many other species of flora in this valley.

Valley of flowers India National Park is rich in fauna with many endangered species of animals like Snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep and brown bear.

Nada Devi National Park borders Valley of Flowers National Park.

Valley of flowers trekking is a major activity in the Valley of Flowers National Park.

How Do I Go to Valley of flowers Uttarakhand National Park?

Joshimath is the nearest town to the valley.

Govindghat, at around 22 kilometers from Joshimath on NH58, is the point where trekking to Himalayan valley flowers National Park starts. You need to trek around 13 kilometers from Govindghat to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.

You may travel by small vehicles for a distance of around 4 kilometers from Govindghat. In that case, you need to trek only  9 kilometers to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.

Last entry time at Ghangaria base camp is 3 pm. (Sometimes, this may get relaxed by an hour or two or little longer, if you are lucky and hold previous booking. Again, this relaxation is totally dependent on the officers on duty there.)

The paradise, i.e. the valley of  flowers, is at around 3 – 4 kilometers from the base camp at Ghangaria.

The famous holy Sikh Shrine of Hemkund Sahib is also nearby to Govindghat .

Valley of Flowers National Park is around 600 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport to the flowers valley is at Dehradun, at 300 kilometers distance.

Rishikesh, at around 275 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway head.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit the Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers National Park is open only for 5 months, from June to October, as it is snow covered during other months. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and night camping inside the valley is not allowed.

Valley of Flowers National Park is only for the medically fit, as it requires a strenuous hike of the Himalayas.

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park
Varayadu or Nilgiri Tahr, spotted in Eravikulam National Park, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eravikulam National Park is located in the Idukki District of Kerala in south India.

Eravikulam National Park is part of the Western Ghats. The highest peak after the Himalayas, Anamalai, is inside the National Park area. This National Park is famous for some of the rare species of animals like Varayadu or  Nilagiri Tahr (resembling Goat), Golden Jackal, etc,. Eravikulam National Park helps in animal conservation.

Many mammals, including some of the rare species, are found here in the Wildlife sanctuary. There are a total of 26 species. Birds numbering 132 species are there in  the National Park.

Lokkam Waterfalls, located in the Eravikulam National Park, is a major attraction

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana)
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National Park of Eravikulam has “NeelaKurinji’ (Strobilanthes kunthiana), which flowers once in every 12 years. NeelaKurinji flowered last In the year 2006. 46 species of Neelakuringi, out of the total of 200 plus species, are estimated to be in India. Different species flowers differently; some once in a year, some others once in 16 years!

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady, is another nearby National Park in the same district.

How do I Go to Eravikulam National Park?

Eravikulam National Park is accessible by road from Munnar. National  park is at a distance of 15 kilometers from Munnar city which is one of the beautiful tourist sites in India.

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary at 148 kilometers away. Aluva (120 kilometers), Ernakulam (145 kilometers)  and Kottayam (157 kilometers) are the railway stations to nearer to Eravikulam Biological park.