Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Himalayas that you must visit

Nature has its different colours. Wildlife is part of this magical essence of nature and when you happen to come face to face with some of these animals, the experience is remarkable and difficult to describe in words. Exploring wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will give you one such opportunity to come face to face with nature.

Shilli Wildlife Sanctuary

The eerie silence of the place will make your feel nostalgic and can transform you to another world. This is often felt at Shilli wildlife sanctuary, a heaven for fauna lovers who can come up front with some rare animals which are hard to seek out otherwise.

Located in vicinity of Solan town, the wildlife sanctuary is spread over 14 sq km and was established in 1964. This sanctuary was built as a conservation Endeavour for Himalayan Black Bear, a mission in which it has been successful.

If you’re an animal lover expect to seek out Leopards, Musk Deer, Jackals and Hyena in this vast expanse of nature. Birds as peacock, parrots, Hornbill, Woodcutter, Mynas and ducks also can be seen here.
The sanctuary has Deodar and Fir trees in its upper expanse while the lower elevations of the sanctuary are home to several medicinal plant species.

wildlife sancturies of Himachal Pradesh

Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary


Located at a distance of 10 km from Khajjiar, the Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary in District Chamba is another endeavor to preserve nature in its raw form. The relevance of this wildlife sanctuary is often understood from the very fact it lies at an altitude varying from 3910 feet to 9134 feet.

Founded in 1958, the sanctuary has an area of 1962 hectares and features a thick growth of Deodar trees. Leopard, Bear, Barking Ghoral and Himalayan Black Marten are a number of the common animals which may be found during this sanctuary. Over 117 species of rare birds also can be found during this wildlife sanctuary.

Chail Wildlife Sanctuary

Chail, a tourist town in Solan District in Himachal Pradesh is additionally home to Chail Wildlife Sanctuary which should get on your list whenever you’re at Chail. If you visit the place between the months of March to October, you’re likely to see sambar, goral and cheer pheasants within the sanctuary. Himalayan Black Bear, boar and black naped hare also can be found during a sojourn of this sanctuary and it also features a thick growth of Oak and Deodar forests.

Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary

Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary is known as after Churdhar peak which incidentally is that the highest peak in outer Himalayas. It is spread in 56 sq km and it’s known for Musk Dear and Monal. This wildlife sanctuary is home to Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Leopards and Langur also.

Govind Pashu Vihar Park and Sanctuary

A park in Uttarakhand, the Govind Pashu Vihar was a wildlife sanctuary initially and was established in the year 1955. Govind Pashu Vihar is spread in an area of 958 sq km and is home to lemurs and other wildlife species. Asian Black Bear can also be spotted here in numbers alongside many other floral and faunal species.

When you plan to visit any of these states, do take some time to explore these wildlife sanctuaries and you will witness a less seen and less explored facet of Himalayas. You will definitely go back with a lot of raw memories.

Author: Lovnish Thakur

Development Sector Professional who loves to read, write and travel

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