HIMALAYAN ESCAPES

Dachigam National Park

Spread over an area of 141 sq. kms this picturesque Dachigam valley is bliss on earth, full of natural beauty with its surrounding mountainside, contains the rare Kashmir stag (Hangul). The park is famous as the only home for the highly endangered Hangul or Kashmir Stag. Rich and much unpolluted, Dachigam National park lies very close to Srinagar town, nestled in the dazzling slopes of the Kashmir Himalayas.

The other wildlife at Dachigam National park consist of the Himalayan Black Bear, few species of the Goat including Markhor and Ibex, Leopard and the rare snow Leopard, Musk deer and the Himalayan Marmot. There are over 150 species of birds like - koklas, bearded vulture, griffon vulture, monal, golden eagle, grey heron, golden oriole, paradise flycatcher, starling, western yellow-billed blue magpie, kestrel, peregrine falcon, black bulbul, etc. The Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary has over fifty species of trees, twenty of shrubs and five hundred species of herbs.

Kishtwar National Park

Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir is located in the district of Doda at the high altitude of 1,700 meters to 4,800 meters. Wide range of floras and faunas are available at the Kishtwar National Park. You can find diverse varieties of faunas in Kishtwar National Park, Jammu and Kashmir, which are seen roaming in their natural habitat. Some of the wild animals, which are available in this national park, are brown bear, leopard, snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, hangul, ibex, serow, brown bear and others. There are some 14 species of mammals present in this national park. There are 28 species of avifauna that enliven the whole forested area. Some of them include pheasants, Himalayan monal, koklass, Himalayan snowcock and western tragopan.

Great Himalayan National Park

The National Park with an area of Himalayan Brown Beer 620 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj River and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan River. Visitors can contact Director, National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer wildlife at Sainj or Range Officer Wild Life at SaiRopa (Banjar) for assistance and guidance. Camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department.

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

The Asan Barrage, popularly known as Dhalipur Lake, was created in the year 1967 as a result of the construction of Asan barrage at the confluence of the river Yamuna &Asan through Dhalipur power house. Asan Barrage is famous for bird watching.

The Asan Barrage, popularly known as Dhalipur Lake, was created in the year 1967 as a result of the construction of Asan barrage at the confluence of the river Yamuna &Asan through Dhalipur power house. Asan Barrage is famous for bird watching.

Corbett National Park

Corbett has aptly been described as the land of the Roar, Trumpet and Song. It represents a scene of remarkable beauty. Corbett National Park lies in two districts - Nainital and Pauri - in the hill state of Uttarakhand in northern India. It covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighbouringSonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1288 sq. km.

Corbett had the proud distinction of being chosen as the venue for the inauguration of Project Tiger in India. The rich biodiversity of the Reserve is partly attributed to the variety of habitat found here. Due to the location of the Reserve in the foothills of the Central Himalayas both Himalayan and peninsular flora and fauna is found in the Reserve. Corbett is the site for three nationwide conservation projects aimed at saving prominent endangered species from extinction and providing a safe habitat for them. These are: Project Tiger, Crocodile Conservation Project, and Project Elephant.

There is a great diversity in the fauna of Corbett National Park, you can find more than 575 Species of birds, 25 Species of reptiles, 50 species of mammals and 7 species of amphibians abundant food sources and shelter and protection from human disturbance for over half a century. Some of the major mammals that can found in Corbett National Park are Chital, Elephant, Wild pig, Barking Deer, Sambar, Tiger, Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Jackal, and Leopard Panther etc.

Govind National Park

The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, was established on 1st March, 1955. It spreads over an area of 957.969 sq. kms. The entire area of the national park is subjected to light to heavy snowfall.

The area is home for a lot of endangered animals and its large area along with the contiguous forests of the neighbouring forest divisions helps in maintaining genetic diversity. The area is very rich in medicinal plants, many of which form the basis for certain life saving drugs.

The area is home for a lot of endangered animals and its large area along with the contiguous forests of the neighbouring forest divisions helps in maintaining genetic diversity. The area is very rich in medicinal plants, many of which form the basis for certain life saving drugs.

Nandadevi National Park

The Sanctuary has been converted to a National Park and temporarily closed for visitors on environmental considerations. It has an average altitude exceeding 4500 m., and is surrounded by as many as seventy lofty peaks, the Nandadevi (7817 m.) being the highest. It is in the form of cup with lush green meadows, white waterfalls, and rich wild flora and fauna. Sir Edmund Hillary described the Sanctuary as a god-gifted wilderness - India's training ground for adventure - and truly so.

The wildlife to be found in the park include Snow Leopard, Brown and Himalayan Black Bears, Bharal, Himalayan Tahr, Serow,Monal and Chir Pheasants.

Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. The park spreads over an area of 87.50 sq km and was declared as a national park in the year 1982. In 1988, UNESCO declared Valley of Flowers National Park of India, together with Nanda Devi National Park, as Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park World Heritage Site. The altitude of the park ranges between 3,250 m and 6,750 m.

Over 300 species of wild flowers can be seen at the Valley of Flowers National Park. These include Marsh Marigold, Lilium, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Geranium, Bistorta, Ligularia, Epilobium, Rhododendrons, Corydalis, Inula, Braham Kamal, Cypripedium, etc. The wildlife found comprises of Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Himalayan Mouse Hare, Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, etc. A number of butterfly species also inhabit this park.

Khangchendzonga (High Altitude) National Park

Khangchendzonga (High Altitude) National Park extends from the cold deserts of Lhonak Valley and the ridges of Lachen in the North District to the historical place at Yuksom. The Western Boundary of the park runs along the international boundary with Tibet. The park covers an area of 1,784 sq.kms and occupies as much as 25.14% of the land area of Sikkim. This area lies within reserved forests and except for a mall Tibetan Village community at Tsoka, there are no other village settlements inside the park.

The park is a reservoir of diverse habits - including some rare and endangered species like the Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Bharal or the Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, the Shapi of Sikkim, Leopard, Goral Serow, Barking Deer, Lesser Cats, Tibetan Wolf, Fox, Tibetan Fox, Himalayan Black Bear and Monkeys.

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is located at a distance of 31 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, on the way to Natu La. This 'La or pass is on the old 'silk trade route from Lhasa to Calcutta. Earlier just occupying 4 sq km, this sanctuary has now been extended.

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is located at a distance of 31 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, on the way to Natu La. This 'La or pass is on the old 'silk trade route from Lhasa to Calcutta. Earlier just occupying 4 sq km, this sanctuary has now been extended.

Ground flora includes different species of primulas, wild strawberries, irises, poppies and the rarely seen Panax pseudo-ginseng. Medicinal plants such as 'KutkiPicrorhizascrophulariflora,jatamansiNardostachys phylum emodi and even the wild onion are not hard to see here. The lower levels of the sanctuary are occupied by the soil binding bamboo Arundinaria sp.

FambongLho wildlife Sanctuary

FambongLho wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 25 km from Gangtok town, the capital of Sikkim. The famous Rumtek Monastery is located at the southeast boundary.

The main vegetation is Oak Quecussp 'KatusCastanopsis sp., champ, Michelia sp. 'KawloMachilus sp., 'KimbuMorus sp., thicket bamboo forests, ferns and lone fir Tsugadumosat at Tinjurey. The sanctuary is also home to large number of wild orchids, moses and Lycopodium sp. Mammals found here are Serow, Goral, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Weasels, Martens, Leopard-cat, jungle Cat, Marbled Cat, Largen Indian Civet, Palm civer, Binturong.

Suggested Sketch Itinerary

Program 1: Jeep Safari to the Rooftop of the World)

Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02

In Delhi

Day 03

Delhi / Manali drive

Day 04 In Manali
Day 05

Manali / Jispa drive

Day 06,07

Jispa / Sarchu drive (camp at the highest point)

Day 08

Sarchu / Leh

Day 09

(Visit Shey, thiksey & Hemis monasteries)

Da10/11

Leh / Hunder (visit dunes and ride a double Bactrian camel)

Day 12

Hunder / Leh

Day 13

Leh

Day 14

Fly to Delhi

Day 15

Departure

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Program 2: A summer in Kumaon

Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02

In Delhi. Overnight train to Kathgodam,.

Day 03

Arrive Kathgodam and drive 2.5 hours to Sonapani.

Day 04

In Sonapani. (Enjoy nature walks in Himalayas and visit villages).

Day 05

Sonapani / Vijaynagar

Day 06

Vijaynagar / Munsiyari

Day 07

Start small trek to Khaliya top.  Overnight in tents.

Day 08 Return to Munsiyari.
Day 09

Drive to Binsar.

Day 10

Drive to Kathgodam and connect overnight train to delhi.

Day 11

Arrive Delhi in the morning.

Day 12 Departure

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Stay at

Mary Budden Estate, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neerlaya, Kulu

Rokeby Manor, Landour

Two Chimneys Gethia, Nainital


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