( Hazaribagh Sanctuary )
Prime attractions : Wild Bear, Nilgai, Cheetal
Time to visit : October To April
in low hilly terrain, at an average altitude of 1800ft. Hazaribagh
Wildlife Sanctuary stretches over 184 sq. kms. of plains, undulating
country, steep hills and deep nullahs with tropical forests and
The Wild Population
An abundance of wild animals is a very pleasant sight. Wild bear,
Nilgai, Chital and Kakar can be seen at dusk and dawn, gambolling
and enjoying themselves in the waters of the lake. The tiger and
panther, exclusive attractions at this sanctuary demand extreme
patience from the viewer. Hazaribagh perhaps holds more Sambhars
than any other area of comparable size. The 1970 census has established
the presence of 14 tigers, 25 Panthers and 400 Sambars.
Numerous observation towers in the sanctuary make it all the easier
to have a closer encounter with the wild. The flak-top strip of
National Highway 33 passes through the sanctuary by its main gate
at Pokharia, 21 kms from Barhi and 16 kms from Hazaribagh. 111 kms
roads in the sanctuary take motorists to the remotest corners and
to masonry towers, strategically located, offer excellent opportunities
for viewing the wilds during the best months of October to April.
The sanctuary is surrounded by habitations of tribals.