Ranked 19 among Places to Visit in Manali
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
A visit to Manali is no doubt incomplete without a holiday at the Manali Sanctuary, which is an astounding and impressive wildlife sanctuary located in Himachal Pradesh. The wildlife sanctuary is at a walking distance from the main town and city centre of Manali and is the ideal spot to explore the rich flora and fauna that the place harbours. Other than opportunities of sighting a variety of these reptiles, birds, animals and mammals; Manali Sanctuary also has ample options that will entice the adventurous and fun loving soul. These include the fabulous trekking routes and camping facilities. The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is no doubt a paradise on Earth for all animal and nature lovers who flock here in large numbers to experience what this heaven feels like.
The Manali Sanctuary commences from just behind the town and extends all the way up in the mountains behind the hill station. It was officially declared as a sanctuary in the year 1954 on 26 February, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act of 1933. Spread over an area of just 31.80 square kilometres, the sanctuary, nevertheless, has everything that you would expect from a typical shelter. It is home to all kinds of species of flora and fauna: rare, endangered as well as common; such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Kashmir flying Squirrel, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Yellow-throated Marten, Barking Deer, Flying Fox, etc.
What the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary provides in addition to the usual biological diversity and adventure sports is its breathtaking scenic beauty. Visitors get to explore snow-capped mountains, alpine trees and the picturesque beauty of the surroundings, all at the same time. The place is the ideal tourist spot for honeymooners and couples who want to enjoy themselves in blissful solitude and capture their memories in the form of beautiful pictures forever.
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