Himachal Pradesh, is a state bestowed very abundantly with some of the best high and mighty hills and mountains which are further endowed by rich, thick and lush green and dense forests that serve as homes to a variety of rare and endangered wildlife species along with some exotic flora and fauna. It is a treat to visit these wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks that are specific to Himachal Pradesh when visiting the state having selected one out of the various Himachal tour packages.
- Bandli Sanctuary
- Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary
- Great Himalayan National Park
- Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
- Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Dhauladhar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
- Khokhan Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kais Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
- Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary
One of themust visit and a famous wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh the Bandli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to some of the most exotic wildlife there is in Himachal Pradesh. The famous Himalayan Snow Leopard, to which this sanctuary is a home to, can be seen in all its glory in its natural habitat, while you visit here with family and friends.
Other than the snow leopard the other species that can be spotted enjoying their ntural habitat are the barking deer, Indian Hare, Rhesus macaque, common palm civet, the Himalayan black bear and the Goral. This sanctuary initially was a protected forest before being declared as a wildlife sanctuary and the overall environment and the atmosphere of the place exudes a kind of romantic ambiance.
Nestled in the Mandi district of the state the average duration for a visit to this sanctuary is about 3 to 4 hours, while you can reach here from Sunder Nagar town from where it is at a distance of just 7 Kms.
Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary
Spread over an impressive 167.40 Sq Km area, Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary happens to be a widely visited Sanctuary, spread between the northern and the southern edges of the mighty Dhauladhar ranges.
Located in Shimla, the state’s capital, this amazing sanctuary amidst some lush green and dense forests is a home to some of the finest Himalayan wildlife like the flying fox, the Himalayan brown bear, Striped Hyena, Himalayan Ibex, and the Indian Hare. If you are lucky enough you may also end up spotting the western tragopan, Kajil and the monal to name just a few.
You can visit this very famous wildlife sanctuary with family and friends at any time of the year to make the best out of your visit.
Great Himalayan National Park
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this very famous Wildlife Sanctuary/ The Great Himalayan National Park is spread all over a 754 sq. Kms area, covering vast expanses of alpine pastures and some spectacular glaciers, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh.
This amazing location needs to be visited in the company of friends and family, to have an experience of a lifetime. When visiting here you are certain to spot a wide variety of some exotic wildlife of the western Himalayas, like the snow cock, cheer, serow, brown bear, leopard and snow leopards, musk deer, bharal, kolkas and many more of such species.
If you happen to visit the state on a Himachal holiday tour package, then it is suggested that you do not give this amazing place a miss.
Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the proximity of the Shacha and the Satupurna peak the Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary and is catagorised as a very famous wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh.
Other than the endangered Himalayan Thar, the major attraction of this sanctuary, the other species that can be spotted here are the flying squirrel, golden jackal, yellow-throated marten, snow leopard and the brown bear etc.
Nestled in the Parvati Valley, in the Kullu district of the state, this sanctuary is blessed with some exotic scenic beauty, and the ambiance of the surroundings is something to be experienced firsthand by the visitors to this sanctuary. This place is reachable from Bhuntar as it isjust 10 Kms from there.
Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at Sadhupul about 40 Kms from Shimla, just off the Kalka – Shimla route, and formulated in the year 1976, the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is catagorised as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh.
The dense lush green forests are just mesmerizing, to say the least, for those who wish to revel in the natural beauty of the place. Over and above being home to some exotic fauna the forest also is a home tosome amazing wildlife species like Wild boars, Sambars, deer, leopards, Cheer Pheasants, Himalayan Black Bear, Crested Porcupine etc. which are a common site to the visitors who coming to enjoy the site of these species, in their natural environment.
Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary
Another amazing site in Himachal Pradesh, located in Churdhar, happens to be the Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary nestled between the districts of Sirmaur and Shimla. Other than being home to the famous barking deer, musk deer, black bears and leopards you will get to witness a multiple of species on your trip to this place.
This sanctuary is also abundantly endowed with a variety of species of flora and fauna,
Other than the exotic mix of flora the vast expense of the sanctuary is covered by rich and fragrant herbs lending an aromatic aroma to the environment that mesmerizes the visitors. Owing to this it also happens to be an ideal getaway from the chaotic city life for those travelling on any of the chosen Himachal tour packages or otherwise.
Dhauladhar Wildlife Sanctuary
Surrounded by the mighty, snowcapped Dhauladhar ranges, the Dhauladhar Wildlife sanctuary or the Gopalpur Zoo, as it is popularly known, happens to be another must visit sanctuary, is located in Bhowen in Gopalpur in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
Amidst the tall maple, chestnut, and cheel trees this zoo is a home to the Asiatic lions, Himalayan Black bears, Cheetahs ghorals, Pheasants, Sambars, peacocks and many more such species.
Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
An amazing wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh, located in Nasogi just 2 Kms from the main town of Manali, is a place that you must visit, the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, when travelling to Manali having selected to do so on one of the Himachal holiday packages, as it is bound to add to your experience of this visit.
Spread over an area of roughly 3,180 hectares in the midst of some mighty snowcapped mountains and tall trees like the deodar, oak, Kail, Horse Chestnut, and maple, lush greenery abounds in the inclusive park that forms a part of this sanctuary.
While visiting here you are bound to spot the Himalayan Thar, Musk deer, Flying fox, Indian Hare, and various such exotic wildlife species other than the flora and fauna.
Khokhan Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at Kataula, and established in the year 1954 is spread over an area of roughly 14.2 sq. Kms, a few Kms away from Kullu lies this awesome wildlife habitat for some amazing wild mammals and reptiles.
The endangered Himalayan black bear, incidentally happens to be the chief point of attraction of this sanctuary is the endangered Himalayan Black bear. It is generally visited by travelers staying at or passing by Kullu on their Himachal holiday tour packages
Kais Wildlife Sanctuary
This famous and exotic Kais Wildlife Sanctuary happens to be located in the serene surroundings around Kullu, so much so that a trip to this sanctuary is supposed to be a perfect place to bond with nature such is the ambiance of the lush green surroundings here.
While here you can definitely chanc on spotting some exotic wildlife including sambar, barking deer, Cheer Pheasant, goral etc. This also makes it one of the must visit place in India
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
Sandwiched between Dalhousie and Khajjiar, the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wild life sanctuaries of Himachal Pradesh. The lush green forests and the exotic flora and fauna of the area lend a distinct charm to the settings of this amazing sanctuary, which you need to experience firsthand.
Other than visiting here to spot some of the wide variety of wild life here like the Himalayan black marten, jackal, leopards, Himalayan serow, Langur, deer and black bear etc. this place also tempts yu to end up spending some quality time along you’re your loved ones due to the picturesque views, surrounding deodar tress, lush green vistas, free flowing streams etc. all these make for an ideal place to be one with nature. These features attract tourists from all over the country and abroad travelling on any of the Himachal tour packages.
Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary
Coming to the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, too is a home to the famous Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuarat the Charabara Mashobra.. This wildlife sanctuary is catagorised as one among the most amazing wildlife habitats in Himachal Pradesh.
It is essentially a forested reserve that is a home to a variety of wild life while also featuring a number of exotic valleys, hiking trails, and trails conducive to some mountain biking activities. It also endowed with a vast expanse od lush green deodar forests that give the atmosphere a semblance of tranquility and solace ideally suited for those wanting to get away from the chaotic city life for some time.
Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Hadsar in the Chamba district of the state, this Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is tagged as one of the most amazing wildlife habitats in Himachal while, also being one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal. It happens to be flush with some exotic flora and fauna specific to the area while the lush green and dense forest of deodar and coniferous vegetation is a sight to behold. When here you can also get to witness click some amazing pictures of the Indian serow, Ibex, brown langur and the snow leopards etc.
Discussed above are the thirteen main wildlife sanctuaries and the Himalayan National Park that await your visit when travelling to Himachal Pradesh on any one of our Himachal tour packages.