In the state of
in the northern part of
Time to Visit :
Any Time of the year.
Salubrious and Pleasant.
Known For :
The Rich Biological Resource.
is the most beautiful land in the mountains
- Dr. T.L. Longstaff, world renowned mountaineer, naturalist and trekker.
Garhwal in the northern state of Uttranchal is an exceptional destination
with charming surroundings. The snow-wrapped mountains, luxuriant meadows,
high-altitude lakes and impenetrable forests in the hills of Garhwal support
exotic wildlife, bird life and plant life. The beautiful creations of nature
in the Garhwal region add a bit of splendour to nature's wealth that dwells
in its surrounding.
In order to preserve this gift of nature and also to enable the visitors to
have a privileged view of the abundant surroundings, the Government has
created special areas, National Parks and Sanctuaries, which conserves the
ample natural beauty, flora & fauna of Garhwal Uttranchal.
Garhwal comprises of the seven districts - Dehradun, Hardwar, Uttarkashi,
Chamoli, Pauri, Tehri and Rudraprayag. The region is a unique mix of diverse
geographical, demographic and social characteristics, heightened by an
intensified sense of religiosity. Garhwal is the supreme haven for the
devout, and the home of varied flora
. Garhwal also has immense scope for adventure
sports like river rafting, aero-sports and skiing. There is ample scope for
wildlife watching also, making it an essential entry on the itinerary of
adventure lovers, pleasure seekers and pilgrims, alike.
The sacred shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri are
located here and so are the source of the most revered rivers Ganga and
Yamuna. The legendary valleys of Garhwal blooming with natural beauty, also
offer an unique style of hill temple architecture and fantastic handicrafts.
Eco-tourism in Garhwal
Garhwal Wildlife Resource
Garhwal is flourishing with natural resources, which can be seen especially
in its surroundings. Nature is at its very best in the Garhwal Region. The
entire region is blooming in abundance with varied vegetations. A large
number of nature lovers, environmentalists and tourists descend upon the
region every year. But, If you want to behold the beauty of Garhwal in a
reserved region then visit these places :
Valley Of Flowers :
Swelling with beautiful, bouncy and
brilliant colours, Valley Of Flowers is spread over an area of 87.5 sq km
has the largest collection of wild flower species. This hidden treasure of
Garhwal had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar valley. The Valley
of Flowers inhabits more than 300 species of wild flowers like the Himalayan
blue poppy, daisy, dianthus, calendula, white and yellow anemones bloom &
swing with life during the monsoons.
In addition to this, it also inhabits - Himalayan black bears, musk deer,
brown bears, snow leopards, tahr, bharal, serow and an amazing variety of
butterflies. The valley can be visited only during the day and overnight
stay is not permitted.
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary :
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is
situated in the beautiful & bewitching environs of the Uttarkashi
district. The sanctuary was established in year 1955, covering an area of
953 sq km, holding the mountains like Swarg Rohini, Black Peak and
Bandarpunch. Apart from the Sanctuary, the place is a favourite tourist
destination, mainly because of the beauty of its snow-capped peaks and
The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of animal species that lives here
includes Himalayan black bears, tahr, serow, monal, snow leopard, brown
bears trogopan, chir, bharal, musk deer, koklas kaleej pheasants and chukor.
Nanda Devi National Park :
This national park is spread
over an area of 630 sq km, just close to the Nanda Devi peak. The Nanda Devi
National Park was established in 1980. However, from 1950 onwards the
increasing number of treks & climbing expeditions to the area has to
some extent affected the virgin character of this place. This national park
is distinct mix of flora and fauna. The fauna population comprises of - the
brown and Himalayan black bears. Himalayan tahr, snow leopards, serow, and
Kedarnath Sanctuary :
Sprawling in an area of 967 sq km,
Kedarnath Sanctuary in Garhwal was established in the year 1972. Garhwal
Himalayas offer a spectacular view of snow-covered mountains, lush valleys
and green forests. The Garhwal Himalayas also houses the Char Dhams, namely,
Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The sanctuary houses animals
like snow leopard, snow cock, tahr, musk deer, leopard and serow can be seen
along with many species of birds.
Rajaji National Park :
Encircled by mountains, Dehradun
is a perfect retreat with beautiful spots for tourists. Its pleasant climate
adds further to its charm and makes it an amazing tourist destination.
Established in year 1966, the Rajaji National Park located on the edge of
the Dehradunvalley covers an area of about 820 sq km. The wildlife here
includes elephant, tiger, panther, bear, chital, sambar, wild bear, kakar,
python, monitor lizard and a large variety of avian fauna.
The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 170
kilometers from the Valley of Flowers.
From Rishikesh, there is a good road up to
Govindghat. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam runs conducted tours (duration: 7
days) by luxury coach to Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers.
From Govindghat, it is approximately a nine-hour
trek to Ghangaria, where one usually halts for the night. From Ghangaria, it
is five kilometers along glacial drifts and a gently ascending path, which
levels out near the Valley of Flowers. It is a stiff climb to Hemkund, which
is also five kilometers away from Ghangaria.