Major attraction: Black Francolin, Leopard, Himalayan Palm Civet, Black Bear
Area: 76 kms away from Shimla, Shimla-Bilaspur Highway, Himachal Pradesh, India
Best Time to Visit: The sanctuary can be visited throughout the year
Coverage Area: 39.4 sq. kms.
Perched at an elevation of 1966 meters above sea level, Manjathal Sanctuary is one the most diverse sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh. The sanctuary is located in the western region of the Himalaya, and is spread over an area of 39.4 sq km. The sanctuary is famous for its undulating and steep terrains.
Talking about the fauna of the wildlife, Majathal Sanctuary has a good population of cheer pheasant (long tailed bird with a crimson area around the eyes), Goral (small goat like animal with cylindrical horns). The protected forest area is also famous for its large pine trees. Some of the rare animal species which can be found here are Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Rhesus Macaque, Jungle Cat, Himalayan Palm Civet, Yellow Throated Marten, Barking Deer, Sambar, Indian Wild Bear and Langur.
During the visit, tourists can stay in tent houses. A short trip to Majathal Sanctuary could be a great opportunity for tourist to experience the thrill of staying in a jungle. The sanctuary is not accessible by jeep safari. The sanctuary is also famous for a Hindu temple which is dedicated to the Hindu god Harsingh. The best way to witness the natural side of the sanctuary is through trekking the well-marked trails within the parks.
Great Himalayan National Park
Pin Valley National Park
Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary