Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary

Kalatop Sanctuary in Khajjiar is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, with some stunning landscapes on offer for you to explore. Located just 6kms from Dalhousie, the sanctuary is nestled amidst snow-capped Himalayan mountains and lush green meadows. The sanctuary houses some of the most diverse flora and fauna, with deodar and fir trees covering a major portion of it. 

Kalatop Sanctuary lies along the banks of the river Ravi, making it even more beautiful. Pheasants, serow, black bears, leopards and deer are just some of the many species of wildlife found here. You can indulge in multiple activities like trekking to the sunset point, enjoying some local snacks or taking jungle safari and much more. 

Interesting facts about the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary:

  • The guesthouse in Kalatop Sanctuary is featured in the Bollywood movie “Lootera”.
  • It is one of the best places in India for nightscaping. 
  • There are no enclosures or cages in this sanctuary so that the animals can roam around freely in their own backyard. 

About Kalatop Sanctuary:

Kalatop Sanctuary is known for its pristine beauty that is unmatchable in many ways as it has high coniferous forest and flushing meadows, along with a river flowing through it. Add to that the rich variety of flora and fauna and this is one place that you should definitely visit. 

There is an adventure park for children to enjoy, making it ideal for families as well. The mointainous terrain and nature trails draw many trekkers to this wonderful area. When you visit this sanctuary, you can even explore the beauty of Dalhousie alongwith the majestic nature of the forest. 

How to get to Kalatop Sanctuary:

The nearest airport to the Sanctuary is Pathankot, at a distance of 80kms, but it is only connected to the New Delhi airport. Gaggal Airport is the other major airport that is 130kms from Dalhousie. 

By train : the nearest railway station is Pathankot station from where you can hire a cab or a taxi to reach the sanctuary. 

By road : HPRTC and HRTC offer bus services to Dalhousie on a daily basis from Delhi and other major bus stations in the north. 

Best time to visit Kalatop Sanctuary:

The best time to visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is during the summer months when the temperature is just perfect for you to explore the forest. It also is the time with most amount of sunlight. The winter months too are great if you love snowfall but you may not be able to indulge in all the activities offered here. Same with the monsoon season as landslides and floods are frequent. 

Timings and entry fees

The Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is open to tourists from 9AM to 6PM every day of the week unless it is closed due to inclement weather. 

The entry to the sanctuary is free but to enter the forest reserve, you need to get a permit from the forest department that costs Rs. 250 per person. 

If you are looking to explore nature at its purest with a peaceful interaction between flora, fauna and you then Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is the place for you. To get the best deals to visit this serene forest area, get in touch with Thomas Cook. 

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