Askote Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary was set up in 1986 with a prime objective to conserve the habitat of musk deer. The hill station got its name from ‘Assi Kot’ which also means a place with Eighty Forts as ‘Assi Kot’. The sanctuary is situated at an astonishing height of 1600 mt. above the sea level and spread across 300 sq. kms. The habitat comprises of innumerable species of fauna and flora.
Flora and Fauna
Flora: This sanctuary has a variety of herbs, shrubs, trees and climbers and a rich vegetation such as Teak, Grevelia, and Eucalyptus.
Fauna: Musk Spotted Deer,Leopard, Black Beer, Spotted Deer, Snow Cock, Kakar, Tahr, Chukoras, Pheasant , Sparrow and a number of other species of birds can easily be seen here.
Best season to visit Sanctuary
Other then monsoons you can visit this place any time of the year, in winters high peaks of Askot receive regular snow fall and they are remained covered in snow till March. Summers are also good time for wildlife enthusiasts to visit Musk Deer Sanctuary as this place is normally colder than other north Indian parts.
How you can reach this place
How to Reach Askot:-
By Air : The nearest airport is Naina Sani in Pithoragrah,which is 60 kms away. From the airport you can easily hire taxis to reach the sanctuary.
By Rail / Road : There are two routes through which you can reach Askot. The first is tanakpur-pithoragarh route. Tanakpur railway station is 200 kms away. Second is haldwani-almora route haldwani Railway Station is some 235 kms from the sanctuary.