Wildlife Sanctuaries of Himachal – Naina Devi Sanctuary, Bilaspur

Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten

Located in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, unhealthy Naina Devi wildlife sanctuary is one of the most visited sanctuaries by the tourists coming to Himachal. Located at an altitude of around 500-1100 meters above sea level, check the sanctuary is situated in the inner hills of Shivaliks harboring a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Spread over a land area of approximately 37 acres, the sanctuary derives its name from the Naina Devi temple located on the hill above the sanctuary. The world famous sanctuary adjoins the area of Gobind Sagar sanctuary on the north east and the west.

As mentioned, the Naina Devi wildlife sanctuary is home for a wide variety of flora and fauna, which makes it a global tourist attraction that it is. The region has Subtropical climatic conditions, which enrich it with a range of beautiful flowers and Deciduous, Sisso, Bamboo, Scrub and Pine forests.

The beautiful wildlife sanctuary is home to animals including Jackals, Leopards, Rhesus, Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten, Serow, Porcupine, Sambar and Common Giant Flying Squirrel. Wide variety of reptiles namely Indian Cobra, common Indian Krait, North House Gecko and Common Rattle Snake are also found in the sanctuary.

Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten
Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten

Naina Devi wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by many budget hotels, resorts and guest houses. People around the area also provide facilities of home-stay for the visitors.

The wildlife sanctuary is well connected by road to all major cities of the country. Anandpur Sahib in Punjab is the nearest major railway station. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh and Bhuntar region of Himachal Pradesh.

The easiest approach is from Chandigarh. And because Himachal is not yet connected to the railways throughout, bus or road is the best bet. The popular Naina Devi Temple is also in the sanctuary area. One has to take a left turn just before reaching Swarghat while coming from Chandigarh.

The road is National Highway, the popular NH-21, Chandigarh-Manali-Leh highway!



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