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#Indian Natural Wildlife Habitat : Its a Catch-22 (Part 5) Valley of Flowers and Dachigam National Park

 #Indian Natural Wildlife Habitat : Its a Catch-22

Must see before they vanish Or Contribute towards their continued existence by staying away?

 

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

 

 

 

  • What Makes It Special?
    • There is so much to explore in the Himalayas – spirituality is one of the top most thing – the natural beauty of Himalayas is sure to make anyone feel spiritual.
    • Even though I have traveled extensively in the area, two places I haven’t been able to see are are Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand and Dachigam National Park in Kashmir.
    • The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu religion for much longer.
    • Local people knew about the valley from ancient times and yogis from India used to meditate in the valley.
    • The Valley of Flowers has many colorful different flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.
  • The Looming Danger
    • Cutting of forests, infrastructure development and unsustainable tourism activities threaten the survival of the habitat and species of this region.
  • The Potential Loss
    • The Valley of Flowers has orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones carpet the ground. Sub-alpine forests of birch and rhododendron cover parts of the park’s area.
    • A decade long study in 1990’s concluded that the Valley of Flowers endows with 520 species of higher plants (angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes), of these 498 are flowering plants.
    • Mountain forests in Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in Western Himalayas are endemic to certain pheasant species, birds such as the Monal; Once they are gone we will not have Mountain goat species such as Goral and Bharal and Snow Leopards.

 

Wild animals in Dachigam National Park, Kashmir

Wild animals in Dachigam National Park, Kashmir

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4 thoughts on “#Indian Natural Wildlife Habitat : Its a Catch-22 (Part 5) Valley of Flowers and Dachigam National Park

    • Thank you. India is truly a diverse country, not only tropical areas, there are Mountains areas covered with snow and ice, Desert area, Beaches, Deltas, etc., it is actually a microcosm of the whole world.

    • Thanks. It truly is an amazing one-of-its-kind place. I am biased towards Uttarakhand, because its the region where my ancestors lived. Unfortunately the access to the valley was made difficult by the last year’s floods in this mountain region. But maybe it a blessing in disguise, the flowers will bloom more freely without the intrusion of tourists🙂

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