Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary
Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife
At a distance of 10 km from Dalhousie, 16 km from Khajjiar and 38 km from Chamba, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary or Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, is wildlife sanctuary located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. The sanctuary lies in the catchments area of river Ravi, and the altitude of the sanctuary varies from 3910 feet to 9134 feet. It is a popular site to explore by trek near Dalhousie.
Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1958 and is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India as well as in Himachal Pradesh. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 1962 hectares and the landscapes are thickly covered with Deodar trees interspersed with little streams flowing into the Ravi River. The sanctuary is located between Dalhousie and Chamba.
The vegetation inside the sanctuary consists of blue pine, deodar and oak forests. The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of wildlife. Leopard, Bear, Deer, Squirrel, Barking Goral, Serow, Langur, Jackal and Himalayan Black Marten are some of the animals that are inhabited in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife sanctuary also houses as many as 117 species of rare birds and pheasants. Some of these are cheers, kaleej, koklas and Himalayan monal. The birds that you can find here are Eurasian Jay, Chestnut Billed rock thrush and white winged black bird.
The best way to experience the beauty of this place is by trekking and hiking. There are two trekking trails at Khajjiar and Kalatop. A guide is must especially after dusk. Visitors can also go for a wildlife safari in the sanctuary. There are 5 holiday homes inside this sanctuary area which provide accommodation facilities to the visitors.
There is a check point at Lakkar Mandi from where the forest rest house is a further 3 km and the road takes through beautiful deodar forests. Prior permission required from District Forest Officer (DFO), Chamba for the Rest House & vehicle entry. Need to book your accommodation in advance in order to stay at the rest house.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is from March to May and September to November.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM.