Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary – Dalhousie

Bowl shaped pasture at Khajjiar, with lake and floating island is a famous tourist spot in Dalhousie.  At the edge of this meadow there is a golden domed shaped temple dedicated to the god ‘Khajinag’ and hence it is also known as Khajjiar.Kalatop has a beautiful and panoramic view of surrounding landscape till the direstion of Jammu and Kashmir and it meets a horizon of snow peaks.

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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular and attractive wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh.It is located at a distance of 6 km from Dalhousie falls under the district of Chamba of Himachal Pradesh.This sanctuary is spread over an area of 1962 hectares and is flooded by Ravi River. We can see the beautiful hills, snowcapped mountains, the valley, the villages, the rich greenery and rockiness area from here.

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The main flora of this sanctuary includes blue pine, fir, deodar trees. This sanctuary is also rich in animals and home to variety of leopards, bear, deer, and squirrel, barking goral, serow, langur, jackal and Himalayan black marten. Many birds including Eurasian Jay, whitewinged Black Bird, Black Headed Jay, Chesnut Billed Rock Thrush, and Grey Headed Cannery Flycatcher are found in this Sanctuary.This entire forest is covered with thick foliage of deodar trees. This sanctuary also allowed for trekking both at Kalatop and Khajjiar.

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This is one of the most conveniently located and well-connected wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. Beautiful stream that meets Ravi /river in the north flows through the sanctuary is treating as ornithologists.Best time to visit this sanctuary is between April to June and October to November. It needs 3 to 6 hours to explore the whole sanctuary. These tidily maintained zigzag roads of the sanctuary make it awesome strolling path to the visitors. Temperature of this place varies from 10 degree to 35 degree Celsius.

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Special permit is required from District Forest Officer of Chamba for entry of vehicle inside the sanctuary. Along with this Dalhousie serves many other beautiful tourist destinations too, which increases the rush of travelers coming here every year. The best way to reach here is via bus, because it offers beautiful natural sceneries to see on roadside. Hence, there is a great demand for best star category and budget ‘Hotels near Dalhousie Bus Stand’.

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