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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary in Dalhousie

Home to a wide variety of animal species, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, lies at an average elevation of 2,500 m above sea level. The lush green surroundings with the backdrop of snow-capped peaks enhance the charm of this pristine destination of Dalhousie. The majestic beauty of the wildlife sanctuary offers opportunities for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts to partake in numerous outdoor activities and enjoy the Dalhousie trip at its best. Lies along the Ravi River, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, is a perfect place for a picnic and nature walk. Soak in the serenity of this enchanting place and spend some quality time amidst the tranquil environs of the lush greenery. Trekking is the best way to explore the forest cover and spot some exotic flora and fauna species.

Guides are also available in Dalhousie, and a taxi service can be hired from the town for the Kalatop Sanctuary trip with family and kids. It is an amazing place for couples and honeymooners to spend quality time with each other in a secluded place while admiring the natural splendors.

Location: Khajjiar Chamba Road, Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Type of Destination: Sightseeing, trekking, and wildlife spotting. 

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM

Entry Charges: INR 250 per vehicle

Duration: 2 - 3 hours 

About Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread across almost 31 sq. km. near Ravi River and founded in 1958, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary has a rich forest cover. Surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, the sanctuary houses numerous species of animals and birds, including bears, leopards, jackals, Pheasants, Eurasian Jay, black-headed Jay, and the Black Bird. Kalatop means 'black cap', which depicts the sanctuary's thick and dense forest cover. It was an erstwhile gaming reserve for rulers of Chamba, now known for its serenity among tourists. Although this sanctuary is mostly known for Himalayan black marten and barking gorals, this sanctuary is also popular for nature walks and picnics. Explore the natural splendors of the sanctuary and embrace the green surroundings.

How to Reach Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated at 8 km from Dalhousie and is easily accessible by road. Tourists can hire a private taxi to the sanctuary and reach there within half an hour. It is located on Chamba Khajjiar road. The nearest airport and railhead from Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Pathankot, which is located approximately 95 km away. From Pathankot, travelers can board a government or private bus from the Pathankot bus stand to reach Dalhousie. They can also hire a private taxi or hop onto the shared jeeps easily available in Pathankot.

Best time to visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary 

The best time to visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is between September and April, when the region experiences the winter season. The pleasant climatic conditions make the sightseeing and excursion to the sanctuary comfortable. It is the perfect time to spot the wildlife species in their natural habitat. Picnic and wildlife safari with the loved ones can enjoy the best in this season. March to May is also a great time to visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary for outdoor activities. However, excursion in monsoon is advisable as the trails get slippery due to the rainfall.

Major Highlights of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

This was a famous hunting ground of the rulers of Chamba and in 1968, it was designated as a natural reserve. In 1970, it was declared as a sanctuary and provided wildlife species a safe shelter. There are numerous things to do in Kalatop Sanctuary, including trekking and hiking. It is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure fanatics, and shutterbugs. The sanctuary also has a well-laid trekking trail, which offers adventure lovers amazing opportunities to embark on treks and hikes. There is a small adventure park inside the sanctuary where kids can enjoy their time and indulge in numerous activities. At the sunset viewpoint, tourists can admire the breathtaking views of the sunset and the golden light that falls on the snow-capped Pir Panjal range, which offers heavenly views.

Places to visit near Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the Khajjiar Chamba road. It is a popular tourist destination in Dalhousie, However, people can add numerous other tourist places to their itinerary and make the trip memorable. Some of the popular destinations near the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary that tourists can visit during their Dalhousie trip are:

  • Khajjiar
  • Chamba
  • Chamera Dam
  • Panjpulla
  • Satdhara
  • Rock Garden
  • St. John’s Church
  • Mall Road<
  • St. Francis Church

Places to Stay near Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Dalhousie houses numerous hotels, resorts, guest houses, and hostels to welcome guests and tourists. There is a plethora of accommodation available near the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, where tourists can stay during their Dalhousie tour. These places are well equipped with state-of-art facilities and offer comfortable stay to the visitors. Some of the best places to stay at and near Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary are:

  • Forest Rest House
  • Smart Hill Hotel
  • Aaroham by Aamod
  • goSTOPS Dalhousie
  • Fortune Park Hotel
  • Hotel Snow Castle

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