Thick deodar foliage, a plethora of wildlife, snowcapped mountains, carpets of verdant grasslands and easy on the eye streams of fresh water make up the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary. Popularly called the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, it is located in the picturesque hilly Chambal district of Himachal Pradesh. The name Kalatop means ‘black cap’, which probably refers to the thick black forest cover on the highest hilltop in the sanctuary. Situated a few kilometers away from the Chamba dam and Chamera reservoir on the river Ravi, it is known to be rich in flora and fauna Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
Animals like the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan black marten, mountain cats, leopard, jackal and langur are the inhabitants of the 30.62 square kilometer sanctuary. There are also 120 different species of birds such as the Himalayan Monal, Eurasian jay, Asian koala, khalij pheasant etc. The well laid out trekking and hiking trails offer a pristine, mesmerizing experience with nature and are arguably the best means to explore the beautiful untouched forests of the park area.
Views of the towering and immaculate Pir Panjal range from Kalatop resthouse is a breathtaking sight to immerse yourself in. The wildlife sanctuary is present in between Dalhousie and Chamba with the flora and vegetation here mostly comprising of fir, deodar and blue pine due to its high altitude (varying between 1185 meters to 2768 meters) and Himalayan terrain.