Uttaranchal is a newly-born state in India that beckons travelers from every nook and corner of the country. Among all the attractions, the national parks and sanctuaries enjoy much popularity. Govind national park is one of them which house a number of wild animals. The sanctuary is also known by the name of Govind Pashu Vihar which was set up with the aim of protecting many wild species. The scenic beauty of the park is simply unparallel.
Many rare animals like Snow Leopard used to live in the higher altitudinal areas; but due to the act of poaching, the numbers gradually decreased. After that the Govt. of India launched the Snow Leopard Project for the preservation and conservation of this elusive cat.
The park was established in March, 1955. According to Ramayana, the epic literature Laxmana was heavily injured while fighting a battle against Ravana. Hanumana crossed Palk Strait in order to reach Uttaranchal and take the medicine for Laxmana from this area.
Area and location:
The park is situated in Purola Tehsil in Uttarkashi district of Uttaranchal. The entrance point is Naitwar. It covers an area of 957.969 sq km. It stands on an altitude that varies from 1300 mts. to 6323 mts.
There are a large number of faunal species in the Govind national park. 15 species of mammals and 150 species of birds find refuge in the park. Bharal, Himalayan Thar, Serow, Common Leopard, Monal Pheasant, Black Bear, Steppe Eagle, Black Eagle, Brown Bear, Musk Deer, Koklas Pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture, Snow Leopard, Pigeons, Parakeets, Cuckoos, Owls, Minivets, Bulbuls, Tits, Warblers, Thrushe, Finches, and Buntings etc. are the faunal species.
It is to be noted that owing to the low density and hilly terrains of the region, like other areas of the Himalyas, the animals cannot be sighted too frequently. Animals like Black Peak and Banderpunch are sighted in the high altitude areas. The Snow Leopards reside in the inner Himalayas above the altitude of 3500 mts.
When to visit?
The best time to visit the park is from April to June and also September to November.
Where to stay?
You can stay in any luxury or budget hotel in Dehradun.
The nearest railhead is Dehradun that is, the park is around 195 km away from Dehradun.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun.
Naitwar is the nearest town. The park can be accessed by road via Rishikesh-Uttarkashi or via Mussoorie- Purola- Saur. You can also avail bus services that are available from Barkot Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Naitwar to Saur-Sankri.
Visiting some more places:
If you want to do some adventure besides watching the magnificent wildlife, then you can go for excursions in Harki Doon, Kadarkantha, Deokyara, Ruinsaratal, etc.
You can avail the wildlife tour package for a smooth journey. Thus a visit to Govind national park can be the best option for a weekend getaway or a holiday tour. Take this chance to reconnect with Mother Nature.