Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharmour is the second largest sanctuary in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Its situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m. On the west side, Tundah Sanctuary surrounds this sanctuary by a forest corridor. It is easily accessible from Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh and is 17km from Bharmour.
The landscape of the sanctuary varies, and it is blessed with abundance of flora and fauna. The area houses a number of medicinal plants along with some of the rare floral species.
High altitude Himalayan fauna species have made this sanctuary their home, including the endangered Himalayan tahr.
There are plenty of water resources here and many of them originate from the glaciers. Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary also houses the famous Manimahesh Temple that is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims.
Spread over an area of 378 sq. km, at an altitude of about 5000m above sea level, the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary with rare species of flora and fauna is the second largest wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in Bharmour area of Chamba district and is a special destination for visitors as it remains snow covered for most part of the year.
Connected with the Tundah sanctuary from the west, the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary has the famous Manimahesh Temple located within its periphery. The temple is a popular pilgrimage destination in Himachal Pradesh. Every year thousands of people embark on the arduous journey of reaching the temple by climbing up through the rough terrains, green meadows, gushing water streams, dense forests and glaciers.
The Kugti wildlife sanctuary is home for many varieties of medicinal plants and water springs. Water springs are formed out of melting glaciers all around the place, which are also a pleasant sight for visitors besides the animals and plant varieties in the area. The medicinal herbs spotted by researchers and local experts in the area include Aconitum Heterophyllum (Potish), Pedophyllum Hexandrum (Bankakudi), Angelica Glauca (Chaora) etc.
The Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary is the habitat of many endangered species such as Ibex, Pheasants, Himalayan Tahr, Musk deer, Monal snow Cock, Red vented Bulbul, White Cheeked Bul Bul etc.
Tourists visiting the Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary can also find trekking routes leading into dense woods with Coniferous and Deodar trees. Many people trek through the sanctuary to reach Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
The Kugti Pass links the Chamba region to the Lahaul Valley and is one of the three mountain passes that connect the Chamba region to the Lahaul Valley. The Kugti Pass stands at a height of approximately 5100 meters.
Situated at a very high altitude, the Kugti Wildlife sanctuary as informed earlier, is snow covered for most part of the year, therefore the best time to visit this wildlife sanctuary is from May to June and September to October, though tourists are found here throughout the year.
The Kugti wildlife sanctuary can be easily reached from Pathankot and Chamba by road. However, the nearest railway station is at Pathankot in Punjab.
4 Nights/ 5 Days @ Rs. 6000/Person
(Minimum 2 Persons required)
DAY - 01 Reception at Bharmour
Arive Bharmour and check in to hotel and in evening visit the ancient Chaurasi (84) Temples. Overnight Stay at the hotel
DAY - 02 Bharmour - Bharmani Mata - Bharmour
After breakfast we will trek to Mata Bharmani Temple situated at the ridge and at evening return back to Bharmour. Overnight Stay at the hotel
DAY - 03 Bharmour - Hadsar – Kugti - Camp Site ( by taxi and trek)
After breakfast we will move to Dhanaul via taxi. After reaching, trek to Kugti village and then to campsite. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY - 04 Wildlife Sanctuary – Bharmour.
Full day Excursion in Kugti wild life sanctuary and Return to Bharmour. Overnight Stay at the hotel
DAY – 05 Departure from Bharmour after breakfast
Includes: Breakfast, dinner, guide, accommodation in hotel and tents (Veg. meals only. Non veg @ extra cost)