Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary

Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in the state of Himachal Pradesh, situated at an altitude ranging from 2195 metres to 5040 metres. It covers an area of around 378 kilometres square. The sanctuary houses Manimahesh Temple which is very famous and is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims. It has a plenty of water resources which are mostly originated from the glaciers. The sanctuary is not only blessed with a beautiful landscape, but also with an abundance of flora and fauna. The flora of the sanctuary has a number of medicinal plants along with some of the rare floral species. The ideal time to visit is from the month of April to June and from October to November.

Dominant Flora

The vegetation of the sanctuary consists of moist deodar forest and western mixed coniferous forest. Herbs include Gentiana Kuroo and Jurinea Macrocephala. A number of medicinal plants are also found here.

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: Snow leopard, ibex, brown langur, common cat, leopard, deer, musk marten, Himalayan yellow throated fox, Indian/red Serow, ghoral, Himalayan, thar, Khalij Pheasant.

Birds: Monal, snow cock, jungle babbler, red-billed babbler, great hill barbet, black bul-bul, redvented bul-bul, white cheeked bul-bul, crested bunting, greyhead bunting.

Reptiles: Various reptile species are spotted here.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to explore the sanctuary is from the month of April to June and from October to November.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is Pathankot which is connected to all the major cities of India. Buses and taxis are available from Chamba and Bharmour till Hadsar.

Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Jammu Airport, located about 290 km away from the sanctuary.

Road Accessibility : The sanctuary is accessible via Pathankot, Chamba, Bharmour, and Hadsar. From Pathankot, visitors can travel to Chamba (122 km), From Chamba to Bharmour (65 km), then to Hadsar (13 km). From Hadsar, a 13 km trek can be done to reach the sanctuary.

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