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Askot: The Less traveled destination of Uttarakhand

Mar 16, 2018

Askot: The Less traveled destination of Uttarakhand
Askot: The Less traveled destination of Uttarakhand | Credit: Tour My India Website

In the state of Uttarakhand resides the silent heaven of Uttarakhand, an erstwhile princely state called Askot. This Himalayan small town of Askot is famous for its Musk Deer Sanctuary (often referred as Askot Wildlife Sanctuary). With so much fame and beauty attached to it, this place is rarely explored by the travelers and thus this place remains imperceptible. And for those who travel this small town, their journey is transcended to a magical state. The land that's paved with Rhododendron and Verdant valleys is simply mesmerizing.

Uttarakhand is called the Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods). The state is crossed by the Himalayas and is known for Hindu pilgrimage sites. Uttrakhand comprises of two regions, Garhwal in West and Kumaon in the east.

Askot being the Easternmost region, is also called the ' Kali Kumaon'. This place leaves you looking for the best-unexplored mountain sights, and leaving you with a feeling of not getting enough of it. Askot lies on a ridge, en route Dharchula and Pithoragarh. The town lies on the popular Kailash-Mansarovar route.

The region was once a home to eighty forts that bordered India with Nepal and China. That's how the town gets its name “Askot” from “Assi kot”. Askot is located at the height of 3629 feet and is easily accessible from Pithoragarh. The journey is truly exciting as you pass through dense forests of Pine and Deodar and the beautiful river streams.

There are wide varieties of tourist activities you can look forward to while visiting Askot. Askot is a trekker’s paradise. The place offers treks ranging from high altitude to simple ones suitable for any beginners. The most popular trek here happens to be along the Dharchula Range up towards the Kailash-Mansarovar.

Askot is also famous for the best skiing slopes in our country. The most famous of them all is the skiing ranges of Panchuli and Chiplakot.

Credit: UK7 Website
Credit: UK7 Website

The Lipu

Lekh pass, Mankshang Lekh pass, and the Lumpiya Lekh pass are also located within the sanctuary’s zone. The Dhauli and ill River originates through this sanctuary. Gori Ganga River passes through it.

The Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 5400 feet. This sanctuary is the home to a wide varieties of animals, birds and not to name the rare Musk deer. The sanctuary is aimed at preserving Musk Deer, for its rare qualities. The male Musk Deer secretes one extraordinary perfumed secretion called ' Musk'. This secretion has been used in many products for its fragrance and medicinal properties. That was the reason behind the hunting of this rare species.

With the development of Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, the initiative of conserving the rare species is successful. Now the rampant hunting had been stopped and strict measures have been taken in order to protect this rare species, which is on the verge of extinction.

There are regular jungle safaris that take you through the sanctuary, where you get a chance to capture glimpses of rare wildlife animals and birds. This gives an amazing chance for the photographers to take their rare clicks.

If you are one of those looking out for some offbeat tourist location Askot can top your list.