Rhododendrons and Snow Leopards Check out these 5 unexplored national parks in the Himalayas | Panda Anku

Undiscovered National Parks of the Himalayas: Although there is a vibrant biodiversity in India, it is still unexplored. As problems such as pollution and animal-human conflicts increase every day, protecting and caring for wildlife is all the more important. India has many biodiversity reserves and parks that aim to preserve, conserve and care for natural life and prevent the extinction of endangered species of flora and fauna. These parks are crucial and significant to the diversity of India and must be on every explorer’s bucket list.Also read – Tip Tip Barsa Paani…! 6 Most Romantic Places in India for Perfect Honeymoon During Monsoon

Check out these five national parks from the Himalayan region:

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary Photo credit: gobindsagarbhardwaj/instagram

Located at an altitude range of 3048 to 4575 meters in the Yumthang Valley of North Sikkim, this sanctuary is surrounded by the beautiful Chuba-Sagochen mountain ranges to the east and Chomzomei Tso to the west. With the Yumthang Chu River nearby, this red rhododendron-covered park offers a fairytale view. It houses around 40 species of rhododendron trees. Observe different species of birds such as woodcock, gray-throated barwing chirping high in the sky, as well as a wide variety of shrubs, plants and trees. Certainly a paradise for photographers! Also Read – Flood Alert in Kashmir, Rain Sends Mercury Levels Up Nose

Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park

Sawtooth butterflies in Namdapha National Park Photo credit: wildlifeindia/instagram

Camp in this national park as it is the only such park in the country that allows camping in the forest. This national park is located in the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh and is at an altitude of 4500 meters. You can spot prominent wildlife such as snowhoppers, dholes, wolves, Asiatic black bears, Assamese macaques and Rhesus macaques. The endangered Namdapha flying squirrel is found only in this park. It was founded in 1972. It’s also a bird watcher’s delight as around 420 species of birds can be spotted here. Also read – Yoga Day 2022: ITBP troops perform yoga at 17,000ft in snowy Ladakh. See Incredible Pictures

Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park

Blue Himalayan Sheep in Hemis National Park Credit: Unsplash

Located in the eastern region of Ladakh, at an altitude range of 3500m to 6930m, this national park attracts nature lovers from all over the world. The park extends over 4400 km² and is home to 16 species of mammals and 73 species of birds. The park is a protected home for endangered mammals such as the leopard, Asiatic ibex, Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and the red fox. It was named after the popular monastery in the area, Hemis Gompa. Camping and trekking are the exciting adventure activities that can be done in the park. Prior approval from the Chief Game Warden is required for a visit.

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Photo credit: Unsplash

Located in the Chamoli and Rudraprayag region of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1160-7068 meters, this park is home to species of snow leopard, ptarmigan, tahr, musk deer, leopard, serau and a number of bird species. Also known as the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, it was established in 1972. One of the main goals in establishing this national park was to protect the endangered Himalayan musk deer from poachers and increase their population. It is one of the scenic sanctuaries in the area as it is surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges, blue rivers and glaciers and green forests.

Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park

Mesmerizing beauty of the vibrant flowers in Valley Of Flowers National Park Photo credit: valleyofflowers.in/instagram

Located at an altitude of 3250 to 6750 meters in western Uttarakhand, this national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is known for its stunning natural beauty, incredible wildlife, and various species of alpine flowers. Visitors must trek from Govind Ghat ending in Ghangaria village to reach the Valley of Flowers National Park. The park is adorned with wild flowers, crystal clear waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. The place is a paradise for those lured by a kaleidoscopic view of colorful flowers.

These places are a storehouse of natural beauty and educational information, making them perfect places to visit with family and friends.

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