Timings : 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Forest Reserve Entry Permit : INR 250
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Best Time to Visit : September - May
Parking Available : Yes
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Thick deodar foliage, a plethora of wildlife, snowcapped mountains, carpets of verdant grasslands and easy on the eye streams of fresh water make up the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Also called the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, it is located in the picturesque hilly Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.
The name Kalatop means 'black cap', which refers to the thick, black forest cover on the highest hilltop in the sanctuary. Situated a few kilometres away from the Chamba dam and Chamera reservoir on river Ravi, it is known to be rich in flora and fauna. Hundreds of small freshwater streams flow into the Ravi river north of the sanctuary.
The well laid out trekking and hiking trails in the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary make for a great nature walk with views of the towering and immaculate Pir Panjal range.
Tips : 1. Be careful of the bears in the area.
2. You need to take permission from the District Forest Officer, Chamba for vehicle entry and to stay in the protected zone.
3. No guided tours are offered by the forest department.
4. Taxi services can be easily hired at Dalhousie if you want to sightsee around.
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