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Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Location: Himachal pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: leopard, deer, langur, leopard, Goral, squirrel, serow

Coverage Area: 30.69 sq.kms.

Established: 1958

Best Time to Visit:April to October

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This wildlife sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is replete with lush greenery and dense forests, providing a home to various species of birds and animals. However, its terrain is steep in some areas. Other attractions in the sanctuary are a lake in the center of Khajjiar sanctuary and a temple with a golden dome at its northern edge. During your Khajjiar tour, explore this popular tourist place and spot some of the exotic wildlife species. Contact us for more information and book a tour with us!

How to reach Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

By Air

The nearest airport is at Gaggal in Kangra from a distance of 135 km.

By Rail

Pathankot (86 kilometers) has the nearest railway station.

By Road

You can drive from Chamba to Khajjiar (43 kilometers) to reach the sanctuary. Buses are available on this route. Another route is from Dalhousie (6 kilometers).

Area and Altitude: It covers an area of 61 square kilometers spread across the Himalayan mountain slopes of 1,158 to 2,768 meters above sea level. It lies in the northwest Himalayan biogeographic zone and has the forest types of subtropical broadleaved hill, sub alpine, and alpine moist pasture forests.

Climate and visiting season in Kalatop Himachal Pradesh

This region gets heavy rainfall of 2,647 millimeters in the monsoon season. In winter, it has a temperature of around 10-degree centigrade; in summer, the temperature is 35 degrees centigrade. The visiting seasons are summer and autumn.

Flora at the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary:

The flora in the Kalatop Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary is mainly deodar, oaks (ban and moru), conifers (cedar and blue pine), firs, and rhododendron. It is also famous for its medicinal herbs.

Fauna at the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary: There are about 117 rare species among the avifauna. You can easily spot pheasants such as koklas, khaleej, Himalayan monal, and cheer. Other bird species include chestnut bellied rock thrush, Eurasian jay, and blackbird.

Goral, Himalayan tahr, ibex, langur, bears, Himalayan squirrel, musk deer, barking deer, Himalayan black marten, Indian muntjac, leopard, and serow are the animal species found in the sanctuary. The Himalayan serow is the vulnerable animal species conserved in this sanctuary. It is a goat-antelope endemic to this region.

Things to do in Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Trekking in the sanctuary is the best way to enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing. You can also go on a wildlife safari. Forest rest houses allow tourists to spend a serene holiday amidst the Himalayan beauty. While visiting, please keep the natural integrity of the sanctuary intact.