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Askot Wildlife Sanctuary

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The term ‘Askot’ is derived from 'Assi Kot' or Eighty Forts, many of which are located in Nepal. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the India’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries and is rightly known as the ‘green paradise of India.

Askot Wildlife Sanctuary, with altitude range from 600 m (2,000 ft) to 6,905 m (22,654 ft) is located in the Pithoragarh district ofKumaun. It lies between 29°46'45" to 30°27'45"N latitude and 81°01'53" to 80°16'25"E longitude (central coordinate:30°07′15″N 80°39′09″E) and covers almost 600 km2 (230 sq mi). The River Kali forms the international boundary and separates it from Nepal in the east and to the west it is bounded by West Almora Forest Division, to the north by Tibet and the south by Pithoragarh Forest Division.

The famous peaks: Panchchuli, Neodhura, Naukana, Chhiplakot, Najirikot; the passes: Lipu lekh, Lumpiya lekh and Mankshang lekh: and the religious places: Bhanar, Chiplakot, Niirikot, Panchachuli, Kalapani and Chota Kailash (Adi Kailash) form a part of the Sanctuary. The Dhauli and Ikli rivers originate from the area and Gori Ganga passes through it. The forest blocks: Rugling, Jyotigad, Hiragumarhi, Duk, Sobla, East Ghandhura, West Ghandhura, Maitham, Akla and Daphia are biodiversity rich habitats of the Sanctuary.

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