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Himachal Pradesh Kalatop & Khajjiar
The KalatopKhajjiar Wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 30.69 sq. km. The sanctuary was established in the year 1958. The sanctuary is located in the district Chamba of state Himachal Pradesh in India. There are trekking trajectories that have been well kept. These trajectories are in both Kalatop and Khajjiar. An area of 19.63 sq. km of the forest is covered with the densely spread deodar and fir forest. This sanctuary is at distance of just 6 km from Dalhousie. The most common animal species found in the area are Serow, Pheasants and Black Bear. The coniferous and oak forests are surrounded around the forest and the sanctuary has River Ravi flowing through its path.
While one enjoys the trekking through the trajectories in the sanctuary the visitors can also enjoy watching the birds flocking in the vicinity of the Kalatop & Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary. The wildlife safari is also one of the major attractions of this sanctuary. The lake located in the center of the sanctuary provides a hypnotizing view to the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is part of the biogeographic zone of the northwestern Himalayan range. The sanctuary has the sub-tropical type of forest with small patches of alpine trees.
The sanctuary goes at the elevation from the town in Dalhousie from one end and is deescalated to the valley through the River Ravi in another direction. There are numerous small villages that go along these paths.
The blue pine and oak trees covered deodhar forest is the type of vegetation that is spread in the area of Kalatop and Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary.
The birds that flock in the vicinity of the Kalatop and Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary are Whitewinged Black Bird, Chesnut Billed Rock Thrush, Grey Headed Cannery Flycatcher, Eurasian Jay, Black Headed Jay and Blackheaded Jay.
The rich flora of the forest in the wildlife sanctuary includes deodar, oaks, conifers that include cedar and blue pine, firs and rhododendron. There are also many medicinal herbs found in the forest which are used by the nearby locals to prepare medicines to cure general health problems.
The green patches in the sanctuary are very soft that can be used by the grazers. The numerous wild flowers grow in the sanctuary during the early summer season. The paths along the forest are decorated with the daisies.
The mammals that are housed in the Kalatop & Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary are Himalayan Black Marten, Deer, Squirrel, Jackal, Bear, Leopard, Barking Goral, Serow and Langur. The most famous bird in the sanctuary is BlackBird. The other habitants that are included in the sanctuary are Yellow Throated Marten, Monal, Chukor and Koklas. There are 117 rare species of avifauna included in the vicinity of the wildlife sanctuary. The Koklas, Cheer and Kaleej pheasants are mostly available. Other kind of birds are Eurasian jay, chestnut billed rock thrus and Black Bird.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The most favorable time to visit the Kalatop & Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary is twice in the year, one from March to May and then from September to November.
The temperature in the area varies from 10 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. The average rainfall in the area is 672.3 cm.
The months of January and February and during the mid-monsoon that is July and August should be avoided to visit the sanctuary.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Pathankotthat is easily accessible from the sanctuary by hiring cabs or local buses.
The closest rail line is Pathankot. Local buses and taxis can be taken from the railway station to reach the Kalatop and Khajjiar wildlife sanctuary.
Taxis or Local state transport buses can be hired to reach Kalatop&Kahjjiar Wildlife sanctuary. A drive of 43 km from Chamba to Khajjiar sanctuary is mesmerizing. Local buses are also available on the route. The second road path to reach the sanctuary id from Dalhousie that is a t a distance of 6 km.
Where to stay
The area has total five rest houses in the sanctuary and there are total 21 numbers of beds that provide comfortable stay for the visitors.
The visitors should always follow the rules and regulations that have been listed like walking on the designed track for trekking.