Indian ecosystems are so diverse and colourful that one would be overwhelmed to explore. Every nook and corner of the country has something so pure and exquisite that makes it worthwhile to travel. One among them is the famous Himalayan ecosystem, which not only has several mesmerising tourist destinations but also rich fauna.
Yes, the animals of the Indian Himalayas are pretty interesting and unique. These species are only found in regions of the Himalayas and hence it is very exciting to know about them.
Here we are listing out some of the exotic animals found in the Indian Himalayas. Check out and enjoy this photo tour.
Red Panda – Singalila National Park
The cute fluffy Red Pandas are natives to the Eastern Himalayas and South Western China. Also called as Red-Bear Cats, these are one of the species of animals of the Himalayas. You can see Red Pandas in more numbers at the Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district as it is also designated place for the conservation of these animals.
Himalayan Monal – Panglokha Wildlife Sanctuary
The Himalayan Monal is the state bird of Uttarakhand and the National Bird of Nepal. Interestingly, the male Himalayan Monal is very colourful whereas the female is comparatively. Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in Sikkim is one of the destinations to find the Himalayan Monals.
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Himalayan Tahr – Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary
Himalayan Tahr mainly related to Caprinae (goat-antelope family). These animals are found in the Indian Himalayas, Nepal and Tibet. They have horns curved backwards and they look like big goats. Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary is one of the places to see the Himalayan Tahr.
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Snow Leopard – Hemis National Park
Snow Leopards are one among the species of the big cat family. They are indigenous to Central and South Asia. Snow Leopards are distributed in most Himalayan regions like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, etc. Hemis National Park in Ladakh is one of the top wildlife destinations where you can spot the Snow Leopards in India.
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Himalayan Yak – Sikkim
The Himalayan Yak or the Wild Yak are the domestic animals of the Himalayan regions. They are basically related to the Bison species with a slight change in the structure and skin (furry). You can find Himalayan Yaks in various Himalayan regions like Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and so on.
Himalayan Black Bear – Kashmir
Asiatic Black Bears are native to the Himalayan regions. They are also called as Moon Bears or white-chested bears as they have a 'V' shaped white patch on their chest. They are big and black in colour. The Asiatic Bears can be found in the wildlife destinations in Kashmir and Sikkim.
Bharal – Gangotri National Park
The Himalayan Blue Sheep is not at all blue in colour but it looks greyish. Locally called as Bharal, these animals belong to goat-antelope family. There are found in several regions of the Indian Himalayas and Gangotri National Park in Uttarkashi is one of them.
Himalayan Marmot – Ladakh
The Himalayan Marmot which lives in the alpine grasslands of the Himalayan regions is one of the exotic animals in the Indian Himalayas. They are related to woodchuck (a species of rodent family). The Himalayan Marmots live in deep burrows and were called gold-digging ants by the ancient Greeks. They can be seen in many Himalayan regions including Ladakh.
Yellow Throated Marten – Jim Corbett National Park
Yellow-throated Marten are natives of Asia and they are one among the surviving old world species of animals. Yellow-throated Martens can be seen in Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital.
PC: Dibyendu Ash