One of the famous high-altitude Wildlife Sanctuaries India, the Gangotri National Park is idyllically situated in the natural surroundings of Uttarkashi. The national park falls under the bio-geographical zone and proudly sits at an altitude of 1,800 metres to 7,083 metres above sea level. It is lavishly spread over an area of 2,390 square km.
One of the major attractions is the Gaumukh glacier, the origin of river Ganges which is located inside the park. The park is named after the Gangotri glacier which drains into holy river Ganga nourishing the entire human race. River Bhagirathi also flows through the park sustaining the animal and bird species of the region.
Flora-Fauna in Gangotri National Park
The Gangotri National Park is enveloped by dense coniferous forests that are mostly temperate. The vegetation consists of pine, deodar, fir, spruce, oak and rhododendrons that outline the entire region. The region experiences suitable climate which is great for some of the rare animal species to thrive such as snow leopards, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep or Bharal, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan Monal, Koklass and the Himalayan Snowcock. The park also boasts of the 150 bird species and about 15 species of mammals. It also nests Himalayan Barbet, Ibex, Tiger, Thar, Serow, Pheasants, Partridges, Doves, Pigeons, Parakeet, Bulbul etc.
Best time to visit Gangotri National Park
One can plan a trip to Gangotri National Park any day but the suitable time to visit this sanctuary is from April to October.
How to Reach
Gangotri National Park is accessible through route 108 which passes directly through Uttarkashi district. Gangotri National Park is located about 206 km from Dehradun, 189 km from Haridwar and about 402 km from Delhi. The nearest railway station is located at Dehradun about 210 km from Gangotri National Park. Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun which is located at 220 km from Uttarkashi is the nearest airport to Gangotri National Park.
Gangotri National Park is famous for?
Gangotri National Park is popular destination for following activities/ interests - National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, Wildlife Tourism.