The Kalatop Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. Spread over an area of 1962 hectares the sanctuary is irrigated by the Ravi River. One can see the beautiful hills, snow-capped mountains, the valleys, the villages, the rich greenery and the rockiness of the neighborhood from the place.The Sanctuary is a not to miss attraction near Dalhousie.
The Sanctuary has a well laid out path for trekking from Dalhousie to Kalatop which most of the tourists really enjoy. Jungle Safari is another highlight of the sanctuary that almost every visitor opts for along with families and children.
The plantation of the sanctuary consists of blue pine, deodar, oak forests and dense undergrowth. The sanctuary also houses a variety of wildlife like Bear, Himalayan Black Marten, Leopard, Deer, Barking Goral, Squirrel, Serow, Jackal, Langur etc. The most interesting being the Himalayan Bear.
In the middle of the sanctuary, there are open meadows with soft grass where animals have a treat. Many wildflowers grow in early summer including the daisies.
Flora and fauna of Kalatop wildlife Sanctuary
The vegetation consists of blue pine and deodhar forest, with oak. Undergrowth in the forest area is well developed.
Mammals- bear, Himalayan Black Marten, leopard, deer, Barking Goral, squirrel, serow, jackal, langur.
Birds- Blackbird, Eurasian Jay, Whitewinged Black Bird, Black Headed Jay, Chesnut Billed Rock Thrush, Blackheaded Jay, Grey Headed Cannery Flycatch.