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Manali Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located in District Kullu's nearest town, Manali. The area of this sanctuary is 3,180 hectares. The sanctuary was notified on 26th February 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act, 1933. It forms the catchments 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. 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.

Location: 2-km from Manali Town, District Kullu
Area: 31.80-sq-km
Specialty: musk deer & Snow Leopard
Best Season: October-February

HOW TO GET THERE:
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.
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.
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. At the Manali bus stand there are two booths, which do, computerized reservation for buses. The reservations can be made one month in advance. Both private and state government buses are in service.

WHERE TO STAY:
Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an unforgettable experience. There are dozens of places to stay in Manali, including Hotel Tourist, John Banon'n Guest house, Sunshine Guest House, Sunshine Guest House, Hotel Highlands, Pinewood Hotel, Hotel Chetna, Beas Hotel and Hotel Rohtang Manalsu. HPTDC runs several places and bookings can be made at the HTPDC Marketing Office on the Mall.

 
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