Kedarnath wild Life Sanctuary | Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary

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KWLS also known as Kedarnath musk deer Sanctuary. It is located in Rudraprayag and Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State. Its alternate name comes from its primary purpose of protecting the endangered Himalayan musk deer. The area of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is 975squre Km, and this sanctuary is world-famous for its biodiversity and animal diversity (particularly of ungulate species).it is the largest protected area in the western Himalayas.

It is famous for diverse alpine forest, ungulate species- musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Himalayan Black bear, Snow Leopard, etc, and some birds like Monal, Koklass, and Himalayan Griffon, etc.

Famous treks in Chopta!

Chopta is a small settlement within Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Chopta is well connected by all the major cities of Uttarakhand. It has more than 5 trekking destinations around. Chandrashila, Tugnath, Deoriatal, Atri fall, Ansuyamata Temple, Rudranath, and Bisudital are some treks around Chopta. Tungnath-Chandrashila & Deoriatal are famous treks done by most tourists.

Kedarnath wild Life Sanctuary- An Eagle eye view of KWS from 4500mt Height

Geography of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

It lies in the Himalayan Highlands with an elevation ranging from 1,160 m (3,810 ft) (near Phata Guptkashi) to the Chaukhamba peak at 7,068 m.

Its higher altitudes are characterized 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.

When it declared a Wildlife Sanctuary

It was a notified reserve forest between 1916 and 1920. It was changed to a sanctuary on 21 January 1972 and declared a Wildlife Sanctuary under " by the IUCN. The area of the park has expanded from 967–975 ha (2,390–2,409 acres) when it declared a Sanctuary.

Spiritual Importance of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

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. And other famous temples of KWLS are Madmaheshwer, Guptkashi, Ukhimath, Tungnath and Rudranath.

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    Spiritual Importance of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

    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. And other famous temples of KWLS are Madmaheshwer, Guptkashi, Ukhimath, Tungnath and Rudranath.

    Weather Updates in KWS
    • Best time to visit KWS - Summer (For Temple Visit or Holiday ) and Winter (Oct to December) (For bird and animal sighting and Adventure Activities)

    • KWS in Summers - Pleasant Weather in Summer - Max 25℃ (In Hill Station and Temples)

    • How the in winter (Hill Station and Temple) – All Temples within KWS closed for 6 month in winter due to heavy snow fall. But one can do snow trek around Chopta.

    • TEMP : May to June - 25℃Max/Min -15℃ & up to 0℃ in Jan & Feb. (in Hill Stations and Temple)

    Places to See In Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

    Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is Famous for

    It is famous for bird watching, Temples like – Kedarnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwer, and Tungnath. Magical Views of Grater Himalayan Views, rivers, trekking, hiking, adventure, and bio and wildlife diversity.

    How to Reach Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary

    Maxmimum are of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary lies in Rudraprayag district and it is about to 200Km from Rishikesh. When someone asks – How to reach Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary? Means how to reach the tourist spots which lies within the boundary of KWS and attracts all nature lovers and spiritual people. the main tourist places in KWS are Chopta, Kedarnath, Tungnath, and Rudranath.

    By Train: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station.

    By Air: Jolly Grant, Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport to reach to all the tourist spots within the KWS.

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