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Himachal Wildlife Tour
Travel to Himachal Pradesh, the northern Indian state in the enchanting part of the Himachal - Himalayas, offers a magical showcase of nature's splendors to tourists. Nature is at her exuberant best in this land of innocent wilderness, landscapes, beautiful forests and wildlife. In Himachal Pradesh, out of the total geographical area of 55,672 sq km, the forest area as per legal classification is 37,691 sq km. This time there are 32 Sanctuaries, 2 National Parks and 3 Games Reserves in Himachal Pradesh.


TopMajathal Sanctuary
Majathal sanctuary has a very steep and rugged terrain away from habitation. This can be visited by traveling about 10 Kms from Kararaghat (Shimla-Bilaspur Highway) to Kashlog and then walking on foot from Kashlog. This sanctuary has the highest concentration of Goral which can be seen in its natural habitat. This sanctuary is reported to have the maximum population of endangered Cheer pheasant. One has to stay in tents in the forest, Best season to visit is the winters.


TopChail Sanctuary
Chail is a hill station visited by many travellors during their travel to Himachal Pradesh. The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. One can see Sambar, Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja. Visitors are welcome to the Cheer Pheasant Breeding Centre at both these places. Barking deer and Kalijin in the forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at dusk and dawn. Trekking from Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks.


TopChurdhar Sanctuary
Churdhar peak Sanctuary, with height of 3647 meters is the highest peak in outer Himalayas. It is like an oasis of alpine area in an ocean of temperate forests. This is an excellent area for trekking during summer and early winters. The view from Churdhar peak is unparallel. One is sure to come across a large number of multi-coloured and agile Monals in the adjoining forests. Trekking from Nohra, Sarain and Pulbahal is tough but enjoyable. There are Rest Houses at Nohra, Choras and Sarain. There is also a Sarai and a Shiv Temple at Churdhar.


TopDaranghati Sanctuary
Daranghati Sanctuary is located in the upper area of Shimla district, Daranghati Sanctuary has undisturbed forest area with plenty of wildlife. Monaal, Tragopan, Koklas and Kalij are the pheasants found here. The area also has Musk deer, Goral and Thar. There is a network of bridle paths and inspection paths in the sanctuary. Travellors are advised to seek assistance from the forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan. The area is ideal for those who love to trek along mountain heights.


TopKanawar Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is situated in Parvati valley of Kullu district. The uphill walk along Garahan Nalah from Kasol through dense majestic deodar and fir forests is enjoyable experience to savour. This sanctuary has large population of Himalayan Thar and seeing this big goat on high mountain cliffs is dream fulfillment of any wildlife lover.


TopKalatop & Khajjiar Sanctuary
Kalatop & Khajjiar sanctuary area with its well laid out trekking jungle trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar is a tourist paradise. Dense deodar and fir forests are places of solitude very close to Dalhousie town. Tourists should look for pheasants and Serow in these forests but should be beware of black bears, which are usually encountered in the area.


TopManali Sanctuary
Manali Sanctuary is located about 2 km from Manali main town. It forms the catchment of Manalsu Khad. A bridle path from Manali log huts and the Dhungri Temple passes through dense deodar, kail, horse chestnut, walnut and maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant that is an unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant that are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring tourists. One may see Musk deer, Monaal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers.


TopMaharana Pratap Sagar
The Maharana Pratap Sagar lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see around thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shah nahar barrage, Pong - Dam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges and Kangra Valley makes travel to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience. Black buck and Cheetal on the island along with Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds welcome the travellors on the island.


TopRenuka Sanctuary
Renuka is a small sanctuary connected by motorable road in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. Renuka Lake and the temples located in the sanctuary attract a large number of tourists for sightseeing and wildlife vacations. The rich flora, the catchment of the lake and freely moving animals like Chittal, Sambhar, Kakkar, etc. add to the beauty and attraction of Renuka Sanctuary. Tourist Bunglow and Cafeteria provide the comforts needed in a calm and quite place. Tourists are welcome here 365 days a year.


TopSimbalbara Sanctuary
This sanctuary is situated in Paonta Valley of Sirmour District. In this area bears beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades is found. This is probably the most picturesque area of Shiwalik’s. There is a perennial stream in the area. Simbalbara Forest Rest House is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily seen here. There are walking trails in the quiet adjoining forests. Winter is the best season to travel to Simbalbara.


TopGreatHimalayanNational Park
Situated in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, the Great Himalayan National Park covers an area of 620 sq. km. of alpine and virgin coniferous forests. Vast areas of alpine pastures and glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of western Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Bharal, Serow, Monaal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of Rakti - Sar, origin of Sainj River and camping in alpine pastures is unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan River.


TopPin Valley National Park
Pin Valley National Park is situated in the cold desert of Spiti Valley District Lahul & Spiti. In this area visitors come across large herds of Ibex and Bharal. Snow leopard is found in this park. Only those who have tough leg muscles and strong lungs can visit this area.
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