Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary
Govind national park or Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary as it is known officially, is situated in Uttarakhand state, India. The national park and wildlife sanctuary is named after Govind Ballabh Pant, who was the Indian home Minister in 1950’s. Har-ki-dun valley, a famous trekking destination, is situated within this national park.
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Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo (written shortly as G B Pant High Altitude Zoo) is the official name of the park. It is at an altitude of 1,400 meters to 6,323 meters or 4,593 feet to 20,745 feet, is spread over an area of 958 square kilometers.It was established in 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary. Later on, it was converted as a national park of India.
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary is a Snow leopard habitat located on the higher reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas. Snow leopard, an endangered species, is the highlight of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. Snow Leopard Project is being implemented here by the Indian Government. The National park is one of the remaining strongholds of the Near threatened bird species, Bearded vulture.
The park is rich in flora and Fauna. 15 species of large mammals are seen inside this park. There are 150 bird species or so, in this national park. Some of the other endangered species of birds found in this park are golden eagle, steppe eagle, black eagle, Himalayan monal pheasant, Himalayan snowcock, western tragopan, cheer pheasant, etc.
How Do I Go to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park?
Govind park is located at a distance of 17 kilometers from Dharkadhi town.
Dehradun city has got the nearest railway station and airport to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary, at around 190 kilometers away. Dehradun city, the gateway to Himalayas, is situated on the Doon Valley, on the foothills of the Himalayas. Dharkarhi is the nearest town at around 17 kilometers from the park.