Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary lies in Chamoli district of the Garhwal Himalaya. The Sanctuary was created in 1972, and takes its name from the famous Hindu shrine at Kedarnath. It is situated about 300 km northeast of Delhi, covers an area of 97,500 ha, and is one of the largest protected areas in the Indian Himalayas. The entire Sanctuary lies in the southern catchment area of the Alaknanda river, which is one of three major tributaries of the Ganga. The high rainfall in the area has led to lush broadleaf dominated forests in the temperate and subalpine zones. The Sanctuary also has some eastern Himalayan elements. The highly threatened Musk Deer Moschus chrysogarter, is still found in the Sanctuary in good numbers. Mountain peaks border the Sanctuary at over 6,000 m above msl in the north, and in the by south the Mandal-Okhimath road to the south. Altitude ranges from 1,400 m (near Phata) to 7,068 m (Chaukhamba peak).

The site falls in the Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area (Stattersfield et al. 1998). Owing to its great altitudinal variation from about 1,000 m to more than 7,000 m, three biomes (Sino-Himalayan Subtropical Forest, Sino-Himalayan Temperate Forest and Eurasian High Montane (Alpine and Tibetan), described by BirdLife International (undated), are found in this IBA.


Chopta (2680 m) is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Chopta village is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in flora and fauna include rare species of birds and musk deer. The entire region belongs to the Temperature zone, in winter, most of area is covered to snow. Many variety of Lichens grwo here on wood, soil and rock substrates. Its hilly slopes at mid-to high-altitudes and bugyals (alpine meadows) exist at the higher altitudes. This landscape has one of the richest bird diversities. The area has identification of over 240 bird species and declared Important Bird Area (BNHS and BirdLife International).



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Important Facts

State: Uttarakhand, India
District: Chamoli
Famous for/as: Birds, Nature Photography, Trekking, Hill Station
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Apr – Jun, Sep – Nov
Weather: Summer 15 to 24°C,
Winter: -15 to 5°C
Altitude: 2900 m

How to Reach:

First you reach to Rishikesh, It is last station after that hill started. It is well connected with road, train and Airport

Delhi to Chopta: 432 km
Rishikesh to Chopta: 164 km