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Gangotri National Park

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Gangotri National Park established in 1989, is situated in Uttarkashi district in the upper catchment of Bhagirathi River covering 1,553 square kilometers area. Variation in altitude starting from 1800 to 7083 meters is majestically decorated by nature with Coniferous Forest, Meadows and Glaciers. Gangotri glacier, the origin of river Ganga, is located inside Gangotri National Park. 

In the lower elevation of the park we can see Western Himalayan Subalpine Conifer Forest and on the higher elevation we find Western Himalayan Alpine Shrub and Meadows. Chirpine, deodar, fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron are the common vegetation in Gangotri National Park. The park area forms a viable continuity between Govind National Park and Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. High ridges, deep gorges and precipitous cliffs, rocky craggy glaciers and narrow valleys characterize the area. There is a high variation in the elevation gradients from 1,800 to 7,083m, which in turn reflects in the diverse biomes, from subtropical communities to alpine meadows.

Various rare and endangered species like bharal or blue sheep, black bear, brown bear, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Snowcock, Himalayan Thar, musk deer and Snow leopard are found in the park. The birds and animals usually found in Gangotri National Park are Bulbul, Doves, Himalayan Barbet, Ibex, Parakeet, Partridges, Pheasants, Pigeons, Serow, Snow Loepard, Thar and Tiger. 

The Gangotri National Park is typical of high altitude ecosystems, with decisive influence from Trans Himalayan elements in both physical and biological characteristics. The landscape is dominated by alpine scrub, although forests of kharsu oak and betula are observed in patches in lower and higher elevation areas respectively. The mountain sides along the entire route from Gangotri to Gaumukh are steeper and are distinctly broken up by consequential landslides.

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Source : Uttarakhand Forest Government of Uttarakhand, Last Updated on 13-10-2017