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Himachal Pradesh Wildlife Tour
The thick forest stretches that cover the slopes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh are home to a host of flora and fauna. In Himachal Pradesh, out of the total geographical area of 55,670 sq km, the forest area the forest area stretches up to 37,691 sq km. At present there are 32 Sanctuaries, 2 National Parks and 3 Games Reserves. With 64 species of mammals, 463 species of birds, 43 species of reptiles and 516 species of aquatic fauna teeming among over 3240 species of plants, the wildlife in Himachal Pradesh is worth its fame and unfolds an interestingly varied eco-system, for the wildlife enthusiast, the indefatigable trekker and the romantic tourist, an endless quest. The wildlife in Himachal Pradesh is concentrated in the depths of its sanctuaries and national parks.
Wildlife in Himachal Pradesh
There are many wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. The Chail Sanctuary, the Daranghati Sanctuary, the Churdhar Sanctuary, the Great Himalayan National Park, the Kanwar Sanctuary, the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, the Maharana Pratap Sagar Sanctuary, the Manali Sanctuary, the Majathal Sanctuary, Nature Park Kufri, Nature Park Gopalpur, Nature Park Manali, the Renuka Sanctuary, the Pin Valley National Park, the Simbalbara Sanctuary. These sanctuaries are frequented by many people and are a part of the national heritage. These biological treasures are very carefully looked after in the sanctuary as these are the type of treasures that cannot be increased at man’s whim and will.
Simbalbara Sanctuary :
Located in the Paonta Valley of Sirmour District, this sanctuary features beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades. With the Shiwalik Hills and a perrenila stream flowing inside the sanctuary, Simbalbara is absolute picturesque. The Forest Rest House here is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily spotted here. There are walking trails inside the quiet adjoining forests. The best season to visit this sanctuary is in winter.
Kanwar sanctuary is located in the Parbati valley of Kullu district. There is a Rest House at Kasol and the R.O. wildlife Kasol, provides information and help to visitors. Uphill walk along Garahan Nala from Kasol through dense majestic Deodar and Fir forests is thoroughly enjoyable and makes you feel like one of the comic book heroes you once pined for. This sanctuary is famed for its considerable population of Himalayan Tahr.
Enjoy a holiday in Himachal and see the Chail National park which is as celebrated as this hill station where various tourists flock during summers to escape the heated and sultry weather. This is indeed an abode of wildlife that was apprised in the year 1976. Located at 4 kms from the main town, in Chail Wildlife sanctuary you can see Red Deer, Silver-White Oak, Barking Deer, Indian Hare Common Langur, Leopard, Rhesus Macaque, Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten, Indian Porcupine, Common Giant and Kashmiri Flying Squirrel.and Chir Pheasants at Blossom and Jhajja. The most famous animals that you can see in the Chail National Sanctuary are Himalayan Black Bear and Yellow Throated Marten & Chir Pheasant.
Maharana Pratap Sagar
This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit 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 visitors on the Island.
Enjoy vacations in Himachal Pradesh to see the various famous wildlife sanctuaries. At a convenient location of 2 kms from Manali town in Himachal Pradesh, Manali National park is sure to delight you with its flora and fauna options. A catchment of Manalsu khad, take a walk to the sanctuary via Dhungri temple passes and impenetrable deodar and Maple forest to reveal an extravagant wild options including the Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopard. In summers you can find herds of Ibex roaming under the pleasant sun. The best time perhaps is the period from October to February when there is a greater chance of seeing the snow leopard. This forest are was approved as a national park in the year 1954 and covers an area of 3,180 hectares.
Adventure Freaks and wildlife buffs find solace in the Daranghati wildlife sanctuary that is located near Rampur Bushahr in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. This sanctuary is enclosed with dense forests and has plenty of wildlife attractions. Come to see the Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Himalayan Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Goral, Indian Hare, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Ibex, Leopard, Himalayan yellow throated Marten, Serow, Blue Sheep, Common giant flying Squirrel and Himalayan Weasel in their natural habitat. Take Himachal Praesh tourism and enjoy the various wildlife snactuaris of Himachal Pradesh.
Great Himalayan National Park :
TThe National Park with an area of 620 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some the virgin coniferous forests of the State. 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, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc.
Pin Valley National Park :
Take a trip to Himachal Pradesh, if you want to see Woolly Hare, Tibetan Gazelle and Snow Leopards come to the Pin Valley National Prak, located in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Declared as a national park in 1987, this sanctuary sprawls on an area of 67,500 hectares and is illustrious with wild forest that fosters Red Indian Fox, Himalayan Marmot, Himalayan Mouse-hare, Indian Hodgsoris Porcupine, Blue Sheep and Wolf. You should come to this park to see the Ibex and Bharal, during the months of April and June. But make sure you are fit enough as you cannot do without trekking in this park.
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