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sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary

Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife sanctuary, located in Sivalik Hills of Chandigarh city, about 2 kilometers away from the Sukhna Lake. The Sanctuary covers an area of 26 square kilometres. It was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1998. The Wildlife Sanctuary houses a rich variety of flora and fauna.

The entry to the Sanctuary is restricted, only 200 persons are allowed every day, a Pass is also required to visit, issued by Forest Department Office, Sec-19B, Chandigarh. It opens from 6 AM to 6 PM every day and remains cloed during rainy season.

Dominant Flora

The flora of the sanctuary contains various variety of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses and climbers which include Acacia catechu, Acacia Arabica, Dalbergia sisoo, Anogeissus latifolia, Azadirachta indica, Butea frondosa, etc.

Dominant Fauna

Mammals: Sambar, Spotted Deer, Pangolin, Wild boar, Jackal, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Porcupine, Hanuman Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Indian Hare and many more.

Birds: More than 150 varieties of birds including aquatic birds such as Peacock, Red jungle fowl, Grey partridge, Cuckoos, Night jars, Golden Oriole, Kingfisher, Swifts, Hoopoes and various sparrows are found here.

Reptiles: Cobra, Rat snake, Common Krait, Russell's viper, Indian Python and common Monitor, Turtle etc.

Best Time to visit

The sanctuary can be visited anytime of the year except during the rainy season as it remains closed.

How to Reach

Nearest Train Station: The nearest Railway Station is located at Dhamtari on Raipur - Dhamtari Narrow Gauge.

Nearest Airport: The nearest Airport is at Raipur which is 170 Kms away. The airport is well connected with Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Bhopal and Jabalpur.

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