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Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

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Kedarnath Wild Life Sanctuary is located in the state Uttarkhand and covers approximately 975 sq kilometers. The main objective to establish this sanctuary was to protect the Himalyan Musk Deer from danger. Thus it is also famous as Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary.

Situated in the Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts of Uttarakhand,Lying within the larger Western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows of alpine ecoregion of India, Nepal and Tibet, the sanctuary is at its higher altitudes are characterised by glaciers which have, through glacial action over centuries, created deep "v" shaped valleys in the sanctuary.River valleys, generally in a north-south direction, are formed by the Mandakini, Kali, Biera, Balasuti and Menan rivers. The geological formation in the catchment is made up of "Central Crystallines" that are metamorpic rocks such as gneisses, granites and schists. The highest peaks in India are located in the Garhwal Himalayas where the sanctuary is delimited.

The sanctuary has a large number of Hindu temples located within its precincts. Kedarnath temple is the most historic of these and is visited by a very large number of pilgrims. This temple dates to the 8th century. 

A typical temperate to sub-arctic climate prevails in the locale of the sanctuary. The South West summer monsoon rains recorded is the mean annual precipitation of 3,093 mm (122 in). This high value of precipitation is due to the fact that the hill ranges to the south, of about 3,000 m (9,800 ft) height, are open without much of rain-shadow effect. The lowest winter temperature recorded in the first half of January is −10 °C (14 °F), when heavy snowfall is received in the upper region. This results in severe cold conditions. For about three months, following heavy snowfall in December, the sanctuary is snow covered.

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Source : Uttarakhand Forest Government of Uttarakhand, Last Updated on 04-12-2017