Nestled between two rivers and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, this sanctuary is spread across a vast area of 158 sq km. Here, you’ve got grassy meadows, a flowing river, and mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop. It’s like stepping into a postcard.
Now, you might be wondering about wildlife, Well, let me tell you, the list is extensive! There are elephants, tigers, black bears, mountain goats, porcupines, cats, deer, monkeys, and even a rare clouded leopard. And that’s just scratching the surface! Bird enthusiasts will also have a field day here, with a variety of endangered species like the Himalayan pied hornbill and fairy bluebird.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a safari in your own vehicle, which takes about 2.5 hours to complete the entire circuit. And if you’re lucky, you might just spot some of these magnificent creatures up close.
But wait, there’s more! Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to the highest place in the sanctuary, Latpanchar, which stands at a whopping 4000ft above sea level. This place is a must-visit for anyone looking for a panoramic view of the sanctuary.
And the best part? The sanctuary has all the tourist facilities you need, including a state government-run lodge for accommodation. So pack your bags and get ready to escape to this wildlife sanctuary for a wild adventure.
But before you go, make sure to note the timing and price details. The sanctuary is open from 8 am to 4 pm daily, and the entry fee is Rs 50 per person, with an additional cost for a guide, vehicle, and camera. And the best time to visit is from November to April, so plan your trip accordingly.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to channel your inner Tarzan or Jane and go wild at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary!