Breathtaking bio reserves in the country that should be on your bucket list

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Recently, a special committee formed by the Ministry of Environment and Forest announced that work is underway to recognise a biosphere reserve in Rajasthan at Desert National Park and related areas in Jaisalmer. Reports suggest that the reserve, a first in Rajasthan, is being developed on a large expanse of 6,000 sqkm. Once officially announced, this will be the 19th biosphere reserve in the country. Here's a look at the others in India...

Sundarbans
Where: West Bengal
Want to see the largest single block of mangrove forest? Head to Sundarbans, which lies in the delta of Bay of Bengal and shares borders with Bangladesh. The history of the location has been traced back to 200 AD, with ancient found in Netidhopani, including a centuries old temple. For nature lovers, this can be a perfect retreat as they can check out the National Park (also a reserve that houses the Bengal tigers), Wildlife Sanctuary (a World Heritage site that supports mangroves) and the Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cold Desert
Where: Himachal Pradesh

The USP of the cold deserts of India, located near the Himalayas, is that it doesn't get affected by the change in monsoon. And that's because they lie in the rain shadow of the mountains. The reserve, which includes Pin Valley National Park, Chandratal, Sarchu and Kibber Wildlife Sancturary, is known for spearheading the preservation of the snow leopard. You can do a road trip, trek to Parvati Valley from Pin Valley and spend a day at Kibber, which is said to be highest village that's occupied throughout the year in Asia.

Nanda Devi National Park & Biosphere Reserve
Where: Uttarakhand

If adventure travel is your forte, a visit to the Nanda Devi National Park is a must for you. Established in 1982, it's situated in and around the Nanda Devi peak, also considered holy by many, and comprises more than 20 other peaks. The fact that the biosphere also extends to the Valley of Flowers is an added bonus. From spotting the Himalaya musk deer and black bear to inhaling the freshness of flowers like juniper, and scaling the challenging peaks, there's a lot one can do here.
Article from Times of India
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Thanks for sharing.
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I really wish these reporters would do their research properly. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve incorporates 3 separate reserves:

Nanda Devi National Park
VOF National Park
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
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As per http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/335 it shows Nanda Devi National Park and VOF National Park.
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Some years ago the UA Forest Dept had some good maps on their site (the old one) showing NPs in the state. The map for NDBR showed all 3 reserves I mentioned, that's where I got my info from. These maps are no longer linked on the new site, which in general is not as good as the old one.

The only info now available re NDBR is shown at the bottom of this page at Note 1 listing all 3 reserves:

http://forest.uk.gov.in/pages/displa...d-area-network
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My expectations from toi are low and the paper doesn't disappoint.

One does not usually hike from pin to Parvati, but from pin over bhabha pass to kinnaur.

Both hikkim and langza are higher than kibber....also Parvati valley is nowhere near kibber, wonder what mode of transport the reporter employed - helicopter or malana cream...
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post malana cream...
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Both hikkim and langza are higher than kibber....
And I've heard more than once that Gete is the highest village in the world. Then again, I don't know if it's seasonally or permanently inhabited, the article does say about Kibbar "highest village that's occupied throughout the year ....". But wait, the end of that sentence is " ... in Asia" Er, what??!! Which other continent has high villages to start with??!!

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... wonder what mode of transport the reporter employed - helicopter or malana cream...
Perhaps both.

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