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Manali Sanctuary

Location : 2-km from Manali Town, District Kullu
Coverage area: 31.80-sq-km
Main attraction : Musk Deer & Snow Leopard
Best time to visit : October-February
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-- By rail : The nearest railhead is that of Joginder Nagar and this narrow gauze railway station is 95-kms  from Kullu. The scenic beauty of Kullu while going to Manali can best be enjoyed on a bus or a  taxi. It is better to have taxi which one can stop and enjoy the nature.
-- By air : The nearest airport to Manali is that of Bhuntar, which is 52-kms from Manali. From Bhuntar one  can take a taxi or a bus to Manali.
-- By road : The road to Manali passes through the picturesque valley of Kullu. The motorable roads to  Manali connect the town with other major tourist places in Himachal as well as in the nearby  states.
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This sanctuary is located in District Kullu's nearest town, Manali. The area of this sanctuary is 3,180 hectares. The sanctuary wasnotified on 26th February 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933.

It forms the catchment of Manalsu Khad. A bridle path from Manali log huts/ Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors.

Fauna :
One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers. Other fauna in the sanctuary include Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Flying Fox, Goral, Indian Hare, Stripped Hyena, Leopard, Himalayan yellow throated Marten, Serow, Kashmir flying Squirrel and Himalayan Tahr.


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