Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand offers escape from drudgery of daily life in the cities. These are Northern Indian States with hill resorts which are among the most popular with the local tourists. However a large number of inbound tourists visit these places for bird watching and wildlife safaris.
Shimla and Nainital are the best summer retreats that are popular for sightseeing and recreation. Shimla Hills are situated at the height of 2000 plus MSL and the city has become the capital of Himachal Pradesh in India.
Along with the State there are many places for birding since the altitude migrants increase the numbers throughout. The high altitude sub alpine forests nurture a unique ecosystem that is home to rare forms of animals. Some of the species found here the musk deer, snow leopard, yak, blue sheep, tahr, Himalayan black bear, wolf, red panda, bharal, serow, brown bear, Himalayan civet and leopard.
Some of the popular wildlife destinations are the Great Himachal national Park and Pine Valley besides many sanctuaries suitable for safaris.
Uttarakhand is home to many interesting destination most popular being Corbett Tiger Reserve and Nainital Township in the Kumaon Foothills. There are many retreats like Almora, Mussorie, Dehradun, Nainital DIstrict and Binsar. From Binsar it possible to get a view of Himalayan Range and enjoy wildlife as the sanctuary surrounds the destination. These places constitute excellent summer retreats while one can also visit National Parks for wildlife safaris.
The animals seen are the goral, musk deer, hog deer, sambar, spotted deer, leopard, tiger, bears and so on. Apart from Corbett or wild places are Nanda Devi, Valley of Flowers and Rajaji National Park.