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.