Garhwal region, in Uttaranchal state is blessed by Mother Nature, with its beautiful valleys, snow capped mountain peaks, lush forests and hundreds of animal and bird species. Since this is a very fragile eco system, which needs delicate care, Uttarakhand boasts of some of the most well preserved, and finest wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in India. Some of the wildlife found here are as follows- Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild boar, Kakar, Python, Monitor lizard, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Musk Deer, Pheasant, Jungle cat, Fishing cat, Himalayan black bear, Deer, Crested serpent eagle, Osprey, Blackwinged kite, Shikra, Spotted eagle, Lammergaier, Griffon, Babblers to name a few!
Nanda Devi National Park
Nanda Devi National Park is one of the most impressive wilderness areas in Garhwal Himalayas. It is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal Uttarnchal, and spread over 630 sq km areas, dominated by the Nanda Devi Peak (second highest mountain in India).The park was established in 1980 to protect the high attitude Himalayan flora & fauna, and ids a world heritage site under UNESCO's World's Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park has been named after C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji), a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle, and occupies 830 sq kms across the hills of Shivalik, foothills of Himalayas. The Rajaji National Park spans across three districts of Garhwal in Uttarakhand namely- Hardwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal.
Kedarnath Sanctuary is situated in chamoli district of Garhwal Uttarnachal. Kedarnath sanctuary was founded in 1972 occupying 975 sq kms of the Garhwal Himalayas, established primarily to protect the endangered Himalayan Musk Deer. Hence, it is also called the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary