Kalesar Wildlife SanctuaryThe government is making all efforts to revive all the tourism spots of Yamunanagar, so that the tourism industry flourishes more here and one of the places of great interest, when it comes to tourism is the Kalesar Wildlife Santuary, which is located on the eastern part of Yamunanagar.
Geographical location of Kalesar Wildlife SanctuaryThis sanctuary is located on the foot hills of the Himalayan range, famously known as the Shivalik Hills. It covers a surface area of 13209 acres acres of land and the geographical co-ordinates are 770 25 to 770 35 East longitude and 300 18 to 300 27 North latitude. It also shares its boundary with the state of Uttar Pradesh on the east and with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal on the northern side.
Just to the vicinity of this wildlife sanctuary is the Kalesar National Park, which was deemed the status of the National Park in the year 2003 on the 8th of December and spreads across an area of 11570 acres. This wildlife sanctuary was notified by the government in the year 1996 on 13th December about the total surface area of 13209 acres of land. The Simbalwada Wildlife Santuary of Himachal Pradesh I closely situated to the north of this place and there are many geographical delights like rivers and torrents, in and around this wildlife sanctuary.
The Yamuna River constitutes the boundary on the eastern side along with the state of Uttar Pradesh. The southern side of this wildlife sanctuary has a conglomerate of villages and agricultural lands namely the villages of Jatanwal, Kot, Darpur, Kansli, Khillanwala, Baghpat, Khizri, Tiberian, Naggal, Araynwala and Tajewala are situated. Villages Ibrahimpur and Faqirmajra, which are mainly crop fields, constitute the western boundary of this place.
Attractions in Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary in YamunanagarThis place is mainly a forest of Khair and Sal and has a lot of bio-diversity in it. It is a huge landscape of grasslands with numerous species of plants and animals residing in it. One can catch a glimpse of the royal tigers and mighty elephants, who visit this place from the Rajaji National Park and if there is some work done on improving the habitat conditions of this place, these wild animals can stay longer in this wildlife sanctuary and can make this their permanent home.
Other animals, which have made this place their habitat are Monitor Lizard,Grey-hooded Warbler, King Cobra,Crested Serpent Eagle, Python, Chital,Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch,Sambar, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Barking Deer, Ghoral, Red-billed Blue Magpie, and Leopard. The Goral mostly stays in the rocky terrain in the hills of Sivalik range.
There are many medicinal plants found in this sanctuary as well. Sambar is mostly found in the slopes and the Chital is mostly found in the areas, which comprise of the grasslands. The Red Jungle Fowl is also a major attraction of this place and the Rhesus Macaque monkey is also an occasional visitor to this place, however, since they sustain their livelihood by feeding on the eggs of Red Jungle Fowl, therefore, at times, they pose as threat for the dwindling species of Red Jungle Fowl.
How to reach Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary in YamunanagarIt is very easy to reach Kalesar Wildlife Santuary from Yamunanagar as it is at a distance of 45 kilometers from Yamunanagar and the nearest railway station is the one located in Yamunanagar. The state highway of Yamunanagar passes through this place and there is a good connectivity of this place from Yamunanagar by roads and one can reach this place very comfortably with the help of a car or a bus. Other places close to this place are Ponta which is at a distance of 15 kilometers and Dehradun, which is at a distance of 55 kilometers.
Therefore, the Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yamunanagar is a place of great importance for animal and bird lovers. One can visit this place anytime between the months of April to June and from September to November.