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Himachal Pradesh Majathal
The domicile of the numerous wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Himachal Pradesh is in India. These sanctuaries help the visitor to enjoy the natural heritage, clean and fresh weather and a wide variety of wildlife species housed in. The other attractions of the sanctuaries are trekking, knowledge gain on wildlife and bird watching and the jungle safaris.
Majathal wildlife sanctuary is the part of Shimla and Solan district that are in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The Majathal wildlife sanctuary is located on the Shimla-Bilaspur Highway that is at a distance of 10 km from Karaghat to Kashlog. The visitors have to walk from the foot of Kashlog to reach the sanctuary. The Majathal wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 39.4 sq. km. The sanctuary came into existence in the year 1962 and later it was re-notified as the wildlife sanctuary in the year 1974.
Another attraction the Majathal Wildlife sanctuary is the facility of the trekking for the visitors. It houses the very sporadic species of animals like Gorals and Cheer Pheasants. The sanctuary is continuously on the progression of increasing it vicinity over the terrains of the Himalayan range. The visitors can set up the tents in the night to have a stay in the vicinity of the Majathal wildlife sanctuary. The night stay in the tent surrounded by the rich wildlife gives the visitor an unforgettable experience.
The surroundings of the Majathal Wildlife sanctuary have rich green coverage of grass. The sanctuary has dense forests that have oak trees, moru species and Kharsu. The only type of conifer that grows in the area is Chir Pine.
Fauna at the Majathal Sanctuary
The imperiled species that are found in the Majathal wildlife sanctuary are Gorals and Cheer Pheasants. With the curved horns the Gorals are the rare species of mountain goat. A bird with the long tail and crimson color surrounded around its eyes is Cheer Pheasant that is also on the verge of vanishing. The another types and species of animals that are housed in the sanctuary are Black Bear, Jungle Cat, Langur, Leopard, Barking Deer, Himalayan Palm Civet etc. The other types of mammals that can be seen are Black Francolin, White Beaked Vultures and Kaleej Pheasants.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The forest has a dry temperate type of climate as is in the other Himalayan ranges. The range of the temperature in the area varies from one degree Celsius to 29 degree Celsius. This type of weather thus gives the opportunity to visit the Majathal wildlife sanctuary all over the year. Though the monsoon period from the July to September are not considered favorable to visit the sanctuary as the area receives an average rainfall of 1040 millimeters. So high rains results in landslides and thus one should avoid visiting the sanctuary at this time. The most favorable is the winter season to take a visit to the sanctuary.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Jubbarhattithat is at a distance of 23 km from Shimla.
The closest rail line is Kalka at a distance of 96 kms.
The distance to be covered by the road is 76 km from Shimla. It is close to Kashlog and one can take a walk to reach the sanctuary.
Where to Stay
There are various luxurious and economical hotels around the sanctuary. The camp can also be set up in the vicinity of the Majathal wildlife sanctuary to enjoy the natural habitat of the sanctuary. The rest house in the vicinity of Majathal Wildlife sanctuary can also be booked for the stay during their visit.
The natural trajectories along the sanctuary and the trekking through the vertical and heaving terrains of the sanctuary provides the adventure to the visitors. The option for the Jeep safari is not available. One of the other attractions in the area is the God Harsingh temple. The sanctuary is attraction for both the types of visitor who have a taste for adventure and also who want to spend leisure and relaxing time here. The tourists are attracted here from all over the country. It is advised to all the visitors to not to throw the wastes so the environment in the sanctuary remain neat and clean for themselves and the other visiting visitors.