Earth Day Special: Five UNESCO listed biosphere reserves| Last Updated: April 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM
April 22 is celebrated as International Mother Earth Day to increase awareness about the need to environmental protection.
Travel.india.com lists five biosphere reserves which have been listed as part of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Sunderbans: Spread over India and Bangladesh, the largest mangrove forest in the world, is an enchanting land of rich bio-diversity. It is also famous for being the largest delta in the world and is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bharatpur National Park: Also known as Keoladeo National Park, the bird-watchers paradise is home to over 300 species of birds. It straddles the north-south migratory path of birds and is preferred winter residence for birds like the Siberian Cranes.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary: Lying at the foothills of Himalayas, the national park is home to the one-horned rhinos. The sanctuary is known for its successful rhinoceros breeding programme.
Western Ghats: Also known as the Sahyadris, the Western Ghats are one of the world’s ten hottest biodiversity hotspots. The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra and extends up till Kanyakumari. A total of 39 properties including reserve forests, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries were designated as world heritage sites. These include Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Silent Valley National Park.
Valley of Flowers National Park: Spread over 87.5 sq km, the bio-diversity hotspot is known for its valleys carpeted under multitude of flowers during season. Over 650 species of flowering plants can be found in the park.
First Published: April 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM