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Rara National Park

Rara National Park was Established in 1976 this protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal is located in north west of Nepal about 371km air distance from Kathmandu. Covering an area of 106sq.km in Jumla and Mugu district it is the smallest national park of the country. The main feature of this National Park is the presence of Rara Lake which is the country’s largest lake situated at an altitude of 2990m from the sea level. By most of the travelers Rara Lake is defined as an iridescent gem set in the ring of snowy peaks. The altitudinal elevation of the park ranges from 1800m to 4048m. Annually 200 tourist visit this magical place to discover the discover the diverse range of flora and fauna and to witness the scenic beauty it has got.This park was established to shelter the exclusive flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region.  The park dominantly contains coniferous forest and is dominated by blue pine, black juniper, west Himalayan spruce, oak, Himalayan cypress and other. At an altitude of 3,350m pine and spruce make way to fir, oak and birch. Deciduous species of trees such as Indian hours chestnut, walnut and Himalayan popula can also be seen in the park. Park also provide habitat for wide range of wild animals which include Himalayan black bear, leopard, goral, Himalayan thar and wild boar. Some parts of the park serve as the ideal habitat for Musk deer. Snow trout is only the fish species found here. Local Gallinaceous birds and migrant waterfowl come under the interest of the visitors. The great crested grebe, black necked grebe, red crested pochard are some species of birds which are witnessed only in winter. Other common birds found here are Snow cock, Chukor partridge, Impeyuan pheasant, Kalij pheasant and blood pheasant