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Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Himachal pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: snow leopard,brown bear,Tibetan wolf,musk deer

Coverage Area: 60.7 sq.kms.

Established: 1954

Best Time to Visit:May and June

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Nestled by the Shacha and Satupurna mountain peaks, this sanctuary has a number of lakes, springs and religious sites in the vicinity. You can stay at Kasol, Manikaran or Kullu to visit the Kanwar wildlife sanctuary

How to reach Kanwar Wildlife Sanctuary

By Air

You can reach Kullu by air from Bhuntar, 10 kilometers away

By Rail

By train from Joginder Nagar, 95 kilometers away. Board a bus or cab to reach Kullu.
Kasol, where you can find camp sites and a forest rest house, is on the way from Bhuntar to Kullu (20.88 kilometers from Kullu).

By Road

Kanwar Sanctuary is accessible by road from Kullu (42 kilometers).

Area and Altitude:
It is situated at varying elevations of 1,800 to 4,833 meters spread across an area of 60.7 square kilometers. The terrain is rocky and steep.

Forest Cover:
It lies in the biogeographic zone of the northwest Himalayas and includes the forest types of sub tropical broadleaf hill, temperate deciduous and mixed coniferous, west Himalayan sub alpine, alpine moist pasture, alpine dry scrub and alpine dry pasture forests.

Climate and Visiting Season:
During summer (25 degree centigrade) the weather is perfect to visit the Kanwar Sanctuary. Winter (-10 degree centigrade) has heavy snowfall and animals and birds migrate or hibernate during these months. Rainfall (1000 millimeters) occurs during the monsoon months of July to September.

Flora at the Kanwar Sanctuary:
The Kanwar forests are dense with ban oak, moru oak, cedar and pindrow yew trees in the lower altitudes and as you go higher you will find canopies of blue pine, kharsu oak and fir.

Fauna at the Kanwar Sanctuary:

Among the birds, common ones include western tragopan, cheer pheasant and white cheeked tit.

Things to do in Kanwar Sanctuary:

Nature trails and trekking are popular activities at the Kanwar Sanctuary. While spotting the rare birds and animals, please do not disturb them, call them or feed them. Also please do not litter. Apart from nature visits, you can visit a number of temples and springs of religious significance located on the edge of the sanctuary.