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Uttarakhand (Hindi: उत्तराखण्ड or उत्तराखंड Uttar (North) Akhand (Section)), is a state located in the northern part of India. It was known as Uttaranchal prior to January 2007 and has around 9 million inhabitants.
Uttarakhand covers around 53,500 square kilometres and borders the Tibetan Autonomous Region on the north, Nepal on the east and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south, Haryana to the west and Himachal Pradesh to the northwest. Much of it (93%!) is mountainous and almost two-thirds of the state is covered with thick forests.
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Corbett National Park, or officially also called Jim Corbett National Park, is one of the most stunning parks in India, and although the fantastic Bengal Tiger can be better viewed in Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks, the beautiful landscapes and many other animals make this national park recommended as well.
Nanda Devi National Park , established in 1982, is a national park situated around the peak of Nanda Devi (7816 metres) in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Along with the adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park to the northwest, it was inscribed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. Nanda Devi National Park covers an area of 630.33 km2 and together with Valley of Flowers National Park is encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve totaling a protected area of 2,236.74 km2, which is surrounded by a buffer zone of 5,148.57 km2. This Reserve is part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004. The park encompasses the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, a glacial basin surrounded by a ring of peaks between 6,000 metres and 7,500 metres high, and drained by the Rishi Ganga through the Rishi Ganga Gorge, a steep, almost impassable defile. The entire park lies at an elevation of more than 3,500 metres above mean sea level.
Valley of Flowers National Park is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds.
Jolly Grant Airport (DED) near Dehradun has limited flights, with a few airlines serving Delhi.
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