sanctuary is located in Paonta Valley of Sirmour District.
There is a perennial stream in the area.
Simbalbara Forest Rest House is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala
and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be
easily seen here.There are walking trails in the quiet adjoining forests.Winter
is the best season to visit this sanctuary.
Attracts a large number of people from hills and plains. Forests and the
catchment of the lake add to its beauty and attraction. Lion Safari and open
Nature Parks with freely moving animals like Chittal, Sambhar, Kakkar, etc. are
a big attraction.
Is a hill station visited by many tourists.The Deodar and Oak forests with
grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife. One can see Sambar,
Goral and Cheer Pheasants at Blossom and Jhaja.Visitors are welcome to the Cheer
pheasant breeding centre at both these places. Barking deer and Kalijin in the
forests are sure to meet and greet the visitors at dusk and dawn. Trekking from
Chail to Gaura and Chail to Jhaja is common and rewarding as one is sure to see
wildlife and beautiful snowy peaks. Range Officer Wildlife Chail and his staff
welcome the visitors and assists the wildlife lovers to see wildlife in the
PRATAP SAGAR :
This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory
ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see thousands of ducks in the
swamp area between Shahnahar barrage and Pongdam and the surrounding shallow
waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of
Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an
unforgettable experience. Black buck and Cheetal on the island along with
Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds welcome the visitors on the
This sanctuary starts about 2 km from Manali town.A bridle path from Manali log huts/
Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and
Maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an
unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant
thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors. One
may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also
pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows
can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers.
This sanctuary located in the upper area of Shimla District has undisturbed
forest area with plenty of wildlife. Monal, Tragopan, Koklas and Kalij are the
pheasants found here. The area also has Musk deer, Goral and Thar. There is a
net work of bridle paths and inspection paths in the sanctuary. Visitors are
advised to seek assistance from the forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan.
The area is ideal for those who love to trek along mountain heights.
GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
National Park with an area of 620 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and has
the representative area of temperate and alpine forests of Himachal. It has some
the virgin coniferous forests of the State.Vast areas of alpine pastures and
glaciers cap this park. This area has many important wildlife species of Western
Himalayas, like Musk deer, Brown bear, Goral, Thar, Leopard, Snow leopard,
Bharal, Serow, Monal, Kalij, Koklas, Cheer, Tragopan, Snow cock etc. Trekking of
Rakti-Sar, origin of Sainj river and camping in alpine partures is
unforgettable. Similar is the trekking route to Tirath the origin of Tirthan
river. Visitors can contact Director, National Park at Shamshi or Range Officer
wildlife at Sainj or Range Officer Wild Life at Sai Ropa (Banjar) for assistance
and guidance. Camping equipment and guides are provided by the Forests Department.