ASKOT Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as the green paradise of India. The wildlife sanctuary is positioned 54 km from Pithoragarh near Ascot in UTTARAKHAND. It is a majestic destination for the nature enthusiast. The sanctuary covers an area of 284 square kilo meters. It is a majestic spot located in the middle of a snow covered peak in the KUMAON Himalayan at an elevation of 5412 feet in UTTARAKHAND.
The ASKOT wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1986 with the objective of conserving the musk deer and its habitat. Though the musk deer are present in significant numbers in the sanctuary, they required a greater extent for its protection as they are an endangered species.
A heaven for wildlife lovers and botany enthusiast, ASKOT sanctuary is adorned with wide range of flora and fauna. Located at the height of 5412 m and at a distance of 54 km from Pithoragarh, this place is bounded by rich and gorgeous surroundings.
One can witness vivid kinds of animals like CHIRS, pheasants, KOKLAS, BHARALS, Himalayan black bear, CHUKORS, snow leopards and musk deer etc. Apart from inhabiting wildlife, ASKOT is also dotted with many temples.
The ASKOT sanctuary has been is blessed with a large collection of herbs, shrubs, trees and climbers. The rich vegetation in this locality such as Teak, GREVELIA, and Eucalyptus makes it one of the most prolific places to visit.
SPECIES FOUND -
Leopard, Black Beer, Spotted Deer, Snow Cock, KAKAR, TAHR, Musk Spotted Deer, CHUKORAS, Pheasant , Sparrow and a number of species of birds and many more.
By Air: Adjacent airport is NAINA SANI in PITHORAGRAH, At a Distance of less than 60 km.
By Rail: Adjacent railway station is TANAKPUR, Distance 204kms.
By Road: From ALMORA at a distance of 150(approx.) km. From Pithoragarh at a distance of 55kms