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Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary is a scenic and biodiverse protected area located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known for its lush forests, meadows, and diverse wildlife. 

  • Location: The sanctuary is situated near Dalhousie, a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It is easily accessible from Dalhousie and Chamba.
  • Area: The Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of approximately 1,755 acres (7.1 square kilometers), making it a relatively compact yet ecologically significant protected area.
  • Flora: The sanctuary is characterized by dense deodar and fir forests, which create a serene and green environment. Various species of alpine and subalpine trees and shrubs can be found within the sanctuary.
  • Fauna: The sanctuary is home to a diverse range of wildlife species, including:

    Himalayan Black Bear: This is one of the prominent residents of the sanctuary.
    Goral: A small and agile ungulate that thrives in the rocky terrain.
    Barking Deer: Also known as the Indian muntjac, this smaller deer species is commonly found.
    Leopard: While leopards are elusive, they inhabit the sanctuary.
    Langur and Rhesus Macaque: Various species of monkeys can be spotted.
    Various Bird Species: The sanctuary is a haven for birdwatchers, with a wide variety of avian life, including the western tragopan, cheer pheasant, and Himalayan monal.
    Scenic Beauty: The sanctuary offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape. The lush forests and meadows, coupled with panoramic vistas, make it an excellent place for nature lovers and photographers.