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Simbalbara Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located in Paonta Valley of Sirmour District. This area bears beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades. This is probably the most picturesque area of Shiwaliks. There is a perennial stream in the area. Simbalbara Forest Rest House is connected by a fair weather road from Puruwala and provides a beautiful view of the valley. Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily seen here.There are walking trails in the quiet adjoining forests.Winter is the best season to visit this sanctuary.

This sanctuary is located in Paonta Valley of Sirmour District. The area surrounding the sanctuary bears beautiful dense Sal forests with grassy glades. This is probably the most picturesque area of Shivaliks. There is a perennial stream in the area too.

Goral, Sambhar and Chittal can be easily seen here. There are walking trails in the quiet adjoining forests. Winter is the best season to visit this sanctuary.

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Location :Paonta Valley, Sirmour District Specility : Goral, Sambhar, Chhital

mountains, rivers, forests, lush valleys and enchanting views, this Sanctuary is one promising destination. Away from chaotic city life, it is a perfect getaway for couples as well as families. There are several species of animals that find shelter in the sanctuary. Hiking trails seen around the forest make it easy for visitors to explore it along with the adjoining areas.

       History :Simbalbara Sanctuary was originally established as a wildlife reserve in 1958 and later re-established in 1974. Its region was originally a hunting reserve of the prior Maharaja of Sirmaur. This sanctuary is dominated by Sal forests and also sees a perennial stream flowing through it. There are several walking trails around the area that attracts visitors. Animals like Chittal, Goral and Sambhar can be seen abundantly in this area.

       Geography :The Simbalbara Sanctuary is placed in Paonta Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This sanctuary spans over an area of 1903 hectares and its altitude varies from 400m to 600m. The sanctuary is situated in lower Shivalik ranges and is home to several species of plants and animals.

       Flora At The Daranghati Sanctuary :The flora at this sanctuary mainly consists of moist Sal trees and grasslands. There are several other species of plants that can be seen in this area.

       Fauna At Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary: The sanctuary is abundant in fauna. There are several species of terrestrial animals, reptiles and underwater animals present in this area. Some of the common animals that can be seen in this area include Wild Boar Rhesus Macaque, Indian Muntjac, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Goral and Crested Porcupine and common Langur.

       Trekking :There are several trekking trails available in the sanctuary. Trekking along these trails, tourists can see native flora and fauna around this region. The Simbalbara Sanctuary is a beautiful area that offers scenic landscapes and views. Trekking is the best way of seeing this sanctuary.

How To Get There

The Simbalbara Sanctuary is easy accessible. The closest town is Paonta Sahib, about 16km and Nahan, about 40km from the park. Paonta Sahib has a Gurudwara that is of immense religious significance.

Air: digarh is nearest airport, which is 87-km from Nahan.

Rail : Ambala is the nearest Railhead 63-km from Nahan.

Road : Nahan is well connected by road. Regular buses and taxis available from Ambala and Chandigarh . Regular bus services linking it to the other towns like Manali , Delhi and Haridwar are also available.

Where To Stay

There is a government guest-house built close to the sanctuary that offers decent accommodation facilities. From this guest-house, visitors can get amazing views of the valley. Paonta Sahib also has some good places to stay at. Alternatively, visitors can also stay in Nahan. There are a good number of accommodation facilities, both budget and luxury, in Nahan.

Best Time To Visit

Summer :

The summer months can get hot and are usually not preferred for visiting this sanctuary.

Monsoon :

The area receives a lot of rainfall during monsoon months. Hence, it is not preferable to visit this park during monsoons.

Winter :

Winter and autumn months are best to visit the Simbalbara Sanctuary. It is that time when this sanctuary is in its best bloom and fauna can also be spotted. During autumn, the weather is also quite pleasant.