Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore Uttarakhand

The Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, which is also known as the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary or the Kedarnath Vanya Jeev Prabha, is located in the Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts of Uttarakhand. The sanctuary gets its name from the famous Hindu temple of Kedarnath, which is located just outside its northern border.

According to the IUCN, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a diverse range of wildlife, with 44.4% to 48.8% of the area being covered by forest, 7.7% by alpine meadows, and 42.1% either rocky or snow-clad.

Kedarnath sanctuary is a large area of 975 square kilometers and is one of the largest protected areas in the western Himalayas. The nickname for this naturally abundant sanctuary was given due to the conservation efforts for the endangered Himalayan Musk Deer. The area boasts many different landscapes, from 1,160 meters above sea level near Phata to 7,068 meters above sea level at Chaukhamba peak.

Kedarnath Sanctuary
Kedarnath Sanctuary


It is a beautiful place that is covered with temperate forests. The higher and upper regions have sub-alpine and alpine coniferous forests. The high-altitude region is lush and green with meadows that envelop the entire region.

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top destinations for animal and bird-watching enthusiasts. You can see a variety of animals such as the yellow-throated Marten, leopard, jackal, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, Himalayan musk deer, Royles Mountain Vole, red giant flying squirrel, Boulenger’s keelback and the Himalayan pit viper. This sanctuary is also perfect for bird watching as there are many different kinds of birds that can be spotted here.


The Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The sanctuary was named for the Hindu temple town of Kedarnath, which is located within the sanctuary and is one of the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The sanctuary is home to some of the most beautiful flora and fauna in the region


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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