woodlands of Kullu preserve a variety of wildlife. The district
has five wildlife sanctuaries of which Manali, Kais, Kanawar,
Khokhan are in Kullu Valley and the Great Himalayan National Park
is in Sainj valley. These sanctuaries preserve animals like Musk
Deer, Common Fox, Leopard, Ibex, Himalayan Tahr, Porcupine, Bear
(black & brown), Goral (Nemorhaedus goral), Himalayan Yellow Throated
Marten, Langur and Flying Squirrel etc. and pheasants like Cheer
Pheasant, Monal, Western Tragopan etc.
The Great Himalayan National Park is situated in the Sainj valley
of Kullu district. The park harbours more than 300 species of
birds and over 30 species of mammals. The park provides habitat
for some of the highly endangered species like western tragopan,
snow leopard and musk deer.
The park provides an excellent habitat for pheasants. Out of
7 pheasants found in the Western Himalayas, six are found in the
park viz. Western Tragopan (Tragopan Melanocephalus), Monal (Lophophorus
impejanus), Cheer (Catreus Wallichi), Koklass (Pucrasia macrolopha),
Kaliz (Lophura leucomelana) and snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis).
Kais sanctuary is located 16 km from Kullu. Amimals found in
the sanctuary are ghoral, black bear, brown bear, barking deer.
Birds like monal, cheer pheasant, kaliz are also found.
wild life sanctuary is located in the Parvati valley of Kullu
district. The sanctuary is famous for the variety of wild life.
The species of animals found in the sanctuary are musk deer, barking
deer, brown bear, snow leopard, black bear, Himalayan tahr, civet
cat, Porcupine, blue sheep, flying squirrel etc. Pheasant like
Western Tragopan and Cheer are also found in the sanctuary.
Khokhan wildlife sanctuary is located at a distance of 19 km
from Kullu Main species of animals found in the sanctuary are
Black Bear, Leopard, Barking deer, Ghoral, Musk deer, Porcupine,
Gothu, besides numerous birds like Monal, Cheer pheasants, Kaleej,
Chakor etc. are also found.
sanctuary is located 1 km away from the international hill resort
Manali. The main species of animals found in the sanctuary are
leopard, musk deer, black bear, brown bear, Himalayn ibex. The
birds found in the sanctuary are monal, koklas, chakor, tree creepers,
snow pigeon, kingfisher etc. Snakes and lizards are also found.
These sanctuaries are rich in trees like Oak (Quercus incana),
Fir (Abies pindrow), Kail , Spruce (Pices smithiana), Deodar (Cedrus
deodara), Bras (Rhododendron arborium), Maple (Acer pictum), Walnut
(Juglans regia), Fig (Ficus spp), Poplar (Populus ciliata), Pine
(Pinus roxburghii), Aesculus (Aesculus indica) etc.
The best time to visit these sanctuaries is April to June and
September to October. During this period the weather and visibility
is suitable for spotting animals and the high reaches are easily
accessible. The nature is also at it's festive best.