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Location : Pithorgarh, Uttarakhand
Area covered : 284 square km
Known for : Musk deer, Snow Leopard
Establishing year : 1986
Best Timings : Months between November and June
Askot Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near the district of Pithorgarh, at about 55 kilometers from it. The word "Askot" means eighty forts and the place is known for the existence of several forts in the nearby area. The place, in ancient times, was a seat of Katyur Dynasty. Hilly peaks and immense greenery that surround this picturesque place offer amazing sights to the visitors.
The sanctuary lies at an altitude of 1650 meters and is the conservation area of the musk deer as well as snow leopard. Though musk deer are found in abundance here, yet steps are needed to protect this endangered species.
Flora and fauna :
Several plant and animal species are present in the park premises. Among the most prominent wild species that are scattered throughout the sanctuary include leopard, snow tiger, bharal, kakar, Himalayan bear, civet, tahr, snow cock, spotted deer, chukoras, and serow, tahr, pheasants etc. Flora often comprises of trees of kunj, kail, raijal, darkunja, bhoj patra, and khersu.
Facilities of rest houses can be availed at Kaflani, Tejam, and Askot.