Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the beautiful Solan Valley and a dream destination for wildlife buffs. Nestled amidst the snowy peaks and green valleys, the dense Alpine forests of Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary are quite beautiful. The Churdhar Sanctuary has recently been added to the family of sanctuaries in India. The alpine cover and the presence of rare mountain animals and birds captivate the visitor of the sanctuary.
The Churdhar Sanctuary is perched at an altitude of 3647 meters. It surrounds an area of 5616 hectares and is covered with forest cover and is the abode of varied species of birds and animals. The sanctuary derives its name from the Churdhar peak that is visible from the premises of the sanctuary. The peak is known to be the highest peak of the outer Himalayan ranges. The pristine beauty of the mountains allure the tourists who may retreat to the quietude of nature that abounds in the Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary in abundance.
Walk amidst the dense woodlands and explore the rich variety of flora and fauna in the Churdhar Sanctuary.
Flora and Fauna: The scenic features include coniferous forest, alpine meadows and plantations of deodar and oak. Several medicinal herbs can be found in the slopes. Some of the inhabitants here are common langur, rhesus macaque, leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, barking deer, musk deer, goral, Royle’s pika and Indian porcupine.
Major Wildlife Attractions: Various birds and animals that can adapt themselves to the cold climatic conditions of the Himalayan mountains, reside in this sanctuary. The multi hued Monals, Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Common Langur, Barking Deer have their home in the Churdhar Sanctuary. The tourists may capture a glimpse of the animals and birds while on a trekking expedition to Nohra, Sarain and Pulbahal that is available from Churdhar Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is from April to November.
How to get there:
Air: The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and major domestic airlines cater their services from here to Shimla . One can catch direct flights from Delhi .
Rail: Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which toy train runs from Kalka to Shimla. The train cruises its way through valleys and beautiful landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey very pleasant. From Kalka one can take trains to other parts of the country. The Toy train from Shimla is of two types- one is the normal multi coach train and the other is the single car train, which has a glass roof giving an enthralling experience during the journey.
Road: Roads connect this capital city of Himachal with other places in the state as well as other major towns and cities. There is regular bus service from Delhi and Chandigarh as well as ordinary, semi deluxe, deluxe and AC coaches for Shimla are available too. One can also cross over to Leh and Ladakh via Rohtang pass from here.
General Info / Tips: Accommodation is not a problem, as you can find a number of private as well as government resorts to live in and around the sanctuary.
Himachal Pradesh, India
Dadahu (48 kms)
Leopard, Black Bear