Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks of Himachal Pradesh


In Himachal Pradesh, the forests covered area of about 37,691 sq. km which is around 38.3% of the entire region of the state. Once, these forests were considered as the main source of income and most of the forests in original were felled. The state is aiming to increment the forest cover about 50% of the total area of land.


Wildlife Sanctuaries

The boundaries of the wildlife sanctuary cannot be changed without the decision of State Legislature. The public is restrained from exploiting, destroying or removing any part of wildlife from the sanctuary or causing destruction to any habitat of wild animal or depriving any wild animal of its habitat in the sanctuary.

One can travel/ walk at any of the mountainous collection of wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. Almost each of them falls under an isolated area of Himachal which adds on to the beauty. To avail a thrilling, wealthy & enthusiastic experience of wildlife the traveller should go to any one of the 33 wildlife sanctuaries situated in Himachal Pradesh. They have a natural habitation of several uncommon bird & animal species.

List of Wildlife Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

  • Bandli
  • Chail
  • Chandra Tal
  • Curdhar
  • Daranghati
  • Dhauladhar
  • Kais
  • Gamgul-Siyabehi
  • Kalatop-Khajjar
  • Khokhan
  • Kanawar
  • Kugti
  • Kibber
  • Majathal
  • LipaAsrang
  • Manali
  • Nargu
  • Renuka
  • Rakchham-Chitkul
  • Pong Dam Lake
  • Sechu Tuan Nalla
  • RupiBhaba
  • Shimla Water Catchment
  • Sainj
  • Simbalbara
  • Shikari Devi
  • Tirthan
  • Talra
  • Tundah
  • Govind Sagar
  • Water Supply Catchment

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Wild Animals

Wildlife means indigenous animal species that includes fungi, plants and other organisms that grows wildly in an area without the introduction of human beings. So as to experience the wealthy Wildlife Sanctuary, the sightseer must go to Chail, Daranghati Sanctuary, Majathal Sanctuary, Simbalbara Sanctuary, Manali Sanctuary & Renuka Sanctuary. The mammals which might be dotted there are Deer, Goral, Himalayan Black Marten, Jackal, Langur, Squirrel, & Serow, etc.


The travellers may as well involve themselves in bird watching at Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, Khajjiar Lake, Maharana Pratap Sagar Reservoir and Renuka Lake.

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Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary

It is located in the Sirmour district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is named after the peak of Churdhar with an elevation of 3,647 metres. Churdhar is one of the holy places which are related to the Shri Shirgul Maharaj or Chureshwar Maharaj who is worshipped in Chaupal and Sirmour. It is spread in area of about 56.16 sq. km. The best season to visit there is from April to June in summer and October to November in winter.

Wildlife Parks

A wildlife park is a commercial drive in a place like zoo which attracts tourists where visitors can drive their own vehicles or ride on vehicles which are provided by the facility to roam freely around animals also known as safari park. The main attraction in these parks are lions, giraffes, elephants, rhinoceros, ostriches, zebras and antelope.

Various Wildlife Destinations


The Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

It is connected by major cities via road as its starting point is from Kullu valley. One can take a walk in amidst of clouds, take a ride on boats, go on a trek, and breathe the pollution free air.

Kanawar Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh

It is situated in the Parvati valley of Kullu. Travellers may locate the enormous inhabitants of Himalayan Thar in the Himalayas who takes care of big goats. The best time to visit is from May to June.

Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh

It is the most densely populated sanctuaries in Himachal. It is spread in area of 273 sq. km and the temperature varies from -5 to 20 degree Celsius. The best time for trekking and safari is from April to May and the August to October.

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