Up and close with nature at lesser known Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Himalayas
Shilli Wildlife Sanctuary
The eerie silence of the place will make your feel nostalgic and will transform you to some other world. This is Shilli wildlife sanctuary, a heaven for fauna lovers who can come close up front with some rare animals which are hard to find otherwise.
Located in vicinity of Solan town, the wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 2.14 sq km and was established in the year 1964. This sanctuary was built as a conservation Endeavour for Himalayan Black Bear, a mission in which it has been successful.
If you are an animal lover expect to find Leopards, Musk Deer, Barking Deer, Jackals, Brown Bear and Hyena in this vast expanse of nature. Birds as peacock, parrots, Hornbill, Woodcutter, Mynas and ducks can also be seen here.
The sanctuary has Deodar and Fir trees in its upper expanse while the lower elevations of the sanctuary are home to many medicinal plant species.
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 can be understood from the fact it lies at an altitude varying from 3910 feet to 9134 feet.
Founded in 1958, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 1962 hectares and has a thick growth of Deodar trees. Leopard, Bear, Barking Ghoral and Himalayan Black Marten are some of the common animals which can be found in this sanctuary. Over 117 species of rare birds can also be found in this wildlife sanctuary.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Chail, a tourist town in Solan District is also home to Chail Wildlife Sanctuary which should be on your wish list whenever you are at Chail. If you visit the place between the months of March to October, you are likely to see sambar, goral and cheer pheasants in the sanctuary. Himalayan Black Bear, wild boar and black naped hare can also be found in this sanctuary which has a thick growth of Oak and Deodar forests.
Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary
Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary is named after Churdhar peak which incidentally is the highest peak in outer Himalayas. The area of the wildlife sanctuary is 56 sq km and it is known for Musk Dear and Monal. This is one of the newest sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh and is home to Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Leopards and Langur.
Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary
A National 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 bearded vulture. This National Park is also known as the bearer of Snow Leopard Project which is a vital step taken by Government of India for conservation of snow leopard.
Asian Black Bear, Brown Bear and European otter can also be seen here in numbers along with many other floral and faunal species.
Explore nature in any of these wildlife sanctuaries and see the hills as you have seen it never before!