Pant Wildlife Sanctuary
At a distance of 5 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife park situated in Rajgir. Located near Bimbisara Jail, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Bihar, and among the most visited tourist places in Rajgir.
Also known as Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary, Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nalanda forest division under the Nalanda district administration, Bihar, India. This sanctuary represents a remnant patch of forests nestled in the picturesque Rajgir hills within the South Gangetic Plain. This sanctuary provides numerous ecosystem services to the surrounding landscape including varieties of flora and fauna. Therefore, to protect this forest, a 35.84 sq. km was notified as Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1978.
The landscape of Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is uneven terrain enclosed by five mountains Ratnagiri, Vipulgiri, Vaibhavgiri, Songiri, and Udaygiri. It has various illustrations and the auspicious existence of hammocks of Buddha and Jain era. Rajgir was the main habitat of Tigers but owing to increasing human interference, the species migrated to the Sundarban area of West Bengal and a few Tigers remained here. The preset population of tigers in this sanctuary is assessed 12 only. At present Elephants, Nilgai, Barking Deer, and Sloth bears are naturally habited in this sanctuary.
Besides, the sanctuary is also well known for its scenic beauty and adventurous treks. The months of October-June is the ideal period for visiting the sanctuary. The entrance to the sanctuary is located in Rajgir-Gaya road near Maniyar Math.
Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM