The sanctuary is located at a distance of about 2 km from Manali main town. It is the catchment area of the Manalsu khad. A path from Manali log huts and Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests to the sanctuary. Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopard are some of the sport seen here. Herds of Ibex are also seen roaming in the glacier zone in summers. The sanctuary spreads over about 3,180 hectares. The following area was declared a sanctuary on 26th February 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933.
Flora and Fauna:
The deodar and fir trees that crowd the slopes of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh are home to a wide plethora of wildlife that draws thousands of wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and tourists to its depths. The wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh, with their dense foliage, the view of the snowcapped peaks popping up before your eyes every now and then, and the variety of flora and fauna, offer a truly exciting experience. At present Himachal boasts of 32 Sanctuaries, 2 National Parks and 3 Games Reserves. The forests in Himachal harbors 64 species of mammals, 463 species of birds, 43 species of reptiles and 516 of aquatic fauna teeming among over 3240 species of plants. The Manali Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh is a gem of a sanctuary and attracts tourists from all over the country.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers. Other fauna in the sanctuary include Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Flying Fox, Goral, Indian Hare, Stripped Hyena, Leopard, Himalayan yellow throated Marten, Serow, Kashmir flying Squirrel and Himalayan Tahr.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit the Manali Sanctuary is between October and February.
How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airport to Manali is that of Bhuntar, which is 52-kms from Manali. From Bhuntar oneÂ can take a taxi or a bus to Manali.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Joginder Nagar and this narrow gauze railway station is 95-kmsÂ from Kullu.
Road: The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The motorable roads toÂ Manali connect the town with other major tourist places in Himachal as well as in the nearbyÂ states.
Himachal Pradesh, India
Manali (02 kms)
Snow Leopard, Barking Dear, Ibex, Black Bear