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Majathal Sanctuary

This sanctuary has a very steep and rugged terrain away from habitation. This can be visited by travelling about 10 kms. on a kacha road Kararaghat (Shimla-Bilaspur- Highway) to Kashlog and then walking on foot from Kashlog. This sanctuary has the highest concentration of Goral which can be seen in its natural habitat. This sanctuary is reported to have the maximum population of endangered Cheer pheasant. One has to stay in tents in the forest, Best season to visit is the winters.

A perfect destination for wildlife lovers, the Majathal Sanctuary boasts of rugged Himalayan terrain and abundant wildlife. This sanctuary is located in Shimla and Solan in Himachal Pradesh. It houses several endangered species of animals and features a wide variety of plants. For both leisure travelers and trekkers, the sanctuary makes for an ideal place to enjoy.

The vegetation in the area consists of Himalayan dry and temperate forests. The natural beauty and views from this sanctuary are amazing and truly enjoyable. Located away from the hustle and bustle of city crowds, it is a wonderful place to enjoy nature’s beauty and serenity.

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Location :Near Rampur Bushahr, Shimla District Specility : Trogpan, Koklas & Kalij

The Majathal Sanctuary is located close to Kashlog, from where it can easily be accessed on foot. This sanctuary can be visited at any time during the year except during monsoon, when it rains heavily in the area. Autumn time is suitable, as the weather is pleasant and wildlife can be spotted easily.

       History :The sanctuary was first established in 1962 and was re-notified in 1974. It is located in the catchment area of Satluj River and consists of flora and fauna native to the lower altitude of Himalayas. It has been seen that Majathal Sanctuary is one of the major destinations for cheer pheasants in the world.

       Geography :The sanctuary spreads over an expanse of 39.4 sq. km and its altitude varies between 900 m to 1966 m above sea level. This sanctuary also has a temple devoted to Harsingh, a Hindu God. Climate and Visiting Season: The best season for visiting this sanctuary is winter. Its weather is favourable during this time of the year; to enjoy different treks with breathtaking scenery.

       Flora At The Daranghati Sanctuary :The nature park is not densely forested. Its vegetation is dominated by grasses and trees including species of oak ban trees, moru and kharsu. This sanctuary also has some Chir pine trees, which is a solitary coniferous tree growing in the reserve.

       Fauna At Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary: The sanctuary is home to some rare birds and animals including goral and cheer pheasant. Other animals that can be seen in the area include the Himalayan black bear, Indian wild bear, rhesus macaque, leopard, sambar, jungle cat, yellow throated marten, Himalayan palm civet, barking deer and langur. Birds in this sanctuary include the black francolin, oriental white-backed vulture, koklas pheasants and the kaleej.

       Trekking :There are several nature trails across the sanctuary. Its rolling terrain provides visitors with a range of activities that can be enjoyed. Visitors can also enjoy views of snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, gorgeous flowing rivers, etc. The entire area is good for studying wildlife and for bird watching. Its rough terrain does not allow jeep safaris.

How To Get There

The Majathal Sanctuary can be reached conveniently. A muddy 10 Km stretch from Kararaghat to Kashlog leads to the park.

Air: The closest airport is Jubbarhati, about 23 Km away.

Rail : Kalka is the closest railway station, located about 96 Km away.

Road : This sanctuary is conveniently connected by road. Visitors can access it via Shimla Bilaspur Highway.

Where To Stay

A rest house is available inside the park and is good for staying. Alternatively, people can stay in Shimla, which offers a wide range of budget and luxury accommodation facilities.

Best Time To Visit

Summer :

The summer time is good for visiting this park. During peak season, it can get quite hot.

Monsoon :

Monsoon months, from July to September, are not recommended for visiting. During these months, the area receives heavy rainfall and there are threats of landslides as well.

Winter :

The winter months are best to visit. This is when visitors can spot several animals and also enjoy wonderful treks.