Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary


Govind National Park, also known as Govind Pashu Vihar, was established to save the increasingly endangered species. The park is located in the Purola Tehsil of Uttarakashi district in Uttarakhand. Naitwar is the entrance and starting point of the sanctuary.

The Govind wild life Sanctuary and National Park is located in a remote area in the district Uttarkashi also known as Govind Pashu Vihar. The wonderfully remote Har ki Dun (3510m) is a botanical paradise criss-crossed by glacial streams and surrounded by pristine forests and snowy peaks spread over an area of 957.969 sq. kms with a varying altitude of 1,300 m to 6,323 m. River Tons enriches the entire area with its sediments and helps the vegetation in the sanctuary to grow uninhibited. This area is extremely rich in medicinal plants and is a treasure trove for those versed in Ayurveda.

There are about 15 species of mammals and 150 species of birds that call Govind Wildlife Sanctuary their home. The most notable of these animals are the Snow leopard, Himalayan Black bear, Brown bear, Musk deer, Bharal, Himalayan Tahr, Serow and Common leopard. The endangered birds found in this region are Monal Pheasant, Koklas Pheasant, Bearded Vulture Himalayan Snow fowl, Golden Eagle, Western Tragopan, Steppe Eagle and Black Eagle. Other varieties of birds include Owls, Pigeons, Minivets, Thrush, Warblers, Bulbul, Cuckoo and Finches.

In and Around

Govind Pashu Vihar is a perfect list of things to do for wildlife scenerio. Go for safaris and spot & watchanimals elephants, deer, flying squirrel, Nilgiri langur, sloth bear etc. Admire nature and enjoy checking out the variety of flora in the region. The Govind Pashu Vihar also offers sightings of birds like the woodpecker, weaverbird, kingfisher etc.

Best Time

May to October is the best time to visit this sanctuary.

How to Reach

By Air
Nearest airport is at Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 231 km.

By Rail
The closest railhead is Dehradun, 207 km awy from Govind Pashu Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Road
Accessible by street by means of Rishikesh-Uttarkashi or through Mussoorie-Purola-Saur.

Stay / Eat

Where to Stay
Visitors can have rest houses at Naitwar, Taluka, Osla, Har-ki-dun, Istragad, Satta, and Jakhol at affordable ranges.

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