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Manali Sanctuary

Location: Himachal pradesh

Main Wildlife Attractions: Monal,Musk Deer,Leopard,Snow Leopard,Ibex

Coverage Area: 31 sq.kms.

Established: 1954

Best Time to Visit:September to June

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The sanctuary's scenic landscape beside the Manalsu Nullah, a tributary of the Beas River, is home to rare species of birds and animals.

How to reach Manali Sanctuary

By Air

The nearest airport is Bhunter Airport that is only 49 km from the city

By Rail

You can board a train to Joginder Nagar (95 kilometers) or fly to Bhuntar (52 kilometers) and then drive to Manali.

By Road

The well connected road network in Himachal Pradesh makes Manali accessible. Buses and cabs are easily available.

Area and Altitude:
The sanctuary is spread across a small area of 31 square kilometers within the altitude of 2,273 to 5,173 meters above sea level. Established in February 1954

Forest Cover:
The sanctuary lies in the northwest Himalayan biogeographic zone and has forests of sub tropical pine, alpine pastures, moist temperate deciduous and western mixed coniferous types.
Climate and Visiting Season:
Manali Sanctuary experiences an annual temperature of -4 to 30 degree centigrade and mean annual rainfall of 1,080 millimeters. You can enjoy this sanctuary to the maximum between the months of October to February.

Flora at the Manali Sanctuary:
Dense forests of oak and conifers dominate the sanctuary below the tree line. You can find here deodar, fir, horse chestnut, walnut, poplar, robinia, maple and willow trees. At higher altitudes, beyond the tree line, the area is covered by rhododendrons and junipers.

Fauna at the Manali Sanctuary:
Manali Sanctuary has a wide range of faunal species including birds, animals and reptiles. Among birds, the Kolkass pheasant is easily spotted by its silver grey colored plumage and white colored patches on the neck. Others include western tragopan, snow pigeon, chakor, Himalayan monal, tree creepers, bar throated minla, rufous bellied niltava, kingfisher, green backed tit, snow partridge and Himalayan snowcock.

Mammals in the sanctuary include snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, Himalayan ibex, barking deer, musk deer, brown bear and jungle cat. Snakes and lizards are the reptiles found in the sanctuary.

Things to do in Manali Sanctuary:

Nature trails, trekking, bird watching and wildlife viewing are the things to do in Manali Sanctuary. A walk in the sanctuary with your loved one is a romantic way to spend your time while on your honeymoon to Manali. Please help keep the sanctuary clean and do not litter.