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Govind National Park

The Govind National Park in the Purola Tehsil of Uttarakashi district in Uttarakhand is home to a number of endangered species and was established on 1st March, 1955 with a view to protect these species. Also known as GovindPashuVihar the park is spread over an area of 957.969 sq. kms with a varying altitude of 1300 meters to 6323 meters. Naitwar is the entrance and starting point of the sanctuary. The sanctuary experiences heavy snowfall and the vegetation here is enriched by the River Tons which is an important tributary of the Yamuna.

The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary has around 15 species of mammals and 150 species of birds and is rich in medicinal plants. The animals found here are the Himalayan snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, brown bear, musk deer, bharal, Himalayan tahr, serow and the common leopard. The monal pheasant, koklass pheasant, bearded vulture, Himalayan snow cock, golden eagle, western tragopan, steppe eagle and black eagle are some of the endangered feathered inhabitants of this area.

This wildlife Sanctuary as one of the sites registered for the protection of the snow leopard and its habitat that survives in the inner Himalayas above the altitude of 3500 meters.

There are four basic trek routes in this park. The easiest one is the 38 km Sankri-Taluka-Osla-Har kiDoon route which ends at Ruinsara Tal covering 40 kms. Next route is the 20 km high altitude Ruinsara Tal to Yamunotri trek route to the Block Peak and Banderpunch areas. The most difficult trek is the 60 km Naitwar-Himri-Droni-Rupin Pass-Sangla route which partially lies in Himachal Pradesh. The months from April to June and September to November are suitable for visiting.

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Bird Watching

Along with animals, there are more than 150 species of birds including the golden eagle, the steppe eagle and the black eagle, the bearded vulture, the Himalayan snowcock and the Himalayan monal pheasant to name a few. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise.


Many popular treks routes including the Har-Ki-Doon commences from the outskirts of the Wildlife Sanctuary. The abundant natural beauty which envelops the national park attracts adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.

By Flight

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, about 200 Km from the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. Dehradun airport is well connected by road network to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park.
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By Train

Nearest railway station is Dehradun railway station, about 210 Km from the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park. Dehradun railway station is well connected by road network to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park.
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By Road

Govind Pashu Vihar National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Govind Pashu Vihar National Park at frequent intervals. The nearest town from the park is Dharkadhi, about 17 km from the park.
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