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Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Jammu and Kashmir

Main Wildlife Attractions: Axis Deer, Chital,Rhesus Monkey,Red Jungle Fowl, Peafowl, Green Pigeon

Coverage Area: 10.04 sq.kms

Best Time to Visit:September to March and March to May

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The Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu and Kashmir is flanked by the River Ujh and its greatest attraction is the Cheetal or Axis deer. The vegetative cover of the region is dominated by bamboo plantations. The species that can be traced here are Dalbergia Sissoo, Acacia Catechu A.Arabica and Lannea Grandis. The flora includes shrubs like Carisa spinarum, Lantana camara and Dodonea Visacosa

The animals that can be sighted here include a large variety of mammals and significant among them are Cheetal, Barking deer, wild boar, rhesus monkey. Bird lovers are sure to thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary. There are many resident as well as migratory birds housed within it. The feathered creatures that are to be sighted in the Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary include a rich variety of pheasants, peafowl, red jungle fowl, jungle bush quail, green pigeon and blue rock pigeon.

The best time to visit for those who are more interested in the winged creatures is March to May when many migratory birds flock to this place. However the best time for mammal viewing is from September to March. Trekking shoes are a must when visiting the Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary. It is easily accessible from Jammu, which is the nearest rail and air head.