Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Kalatop and Khajjiar have 30.69 sq km of animal sanctuaries. It is spread over an area of about 1962 hectares and is situated at an altitude of 1185 to 2660 meters above sea level. Both Kalatop and Khajjiar have well-maintained trekking trails.
Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
The sanctuary is known for its beautiful mountains, diverse flora, and fauna. These include Himalayan black bear, Himalayan serow, barking deer, langur, and panther. and several bird species such as the Himalayan monal, western tragopan, and koklas pheasant. It is not far from Dalhousie at a distance of about 6 km.
People coming here can stay at Kalatop Forest Rest House. This is a very beautiful place. The vegetation consists of blue pine and deodar forests along with oaks. Many birds are found in this sanctuary. Eurasian Jay, White-winged Blackbird, Black-headed Jay, Chestnut Billed Rock Thrush, Black-headed Jay, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher. The beautiful forests, valleys, meadows, and snow-capped Himalayan mountains here offer a spectacular view. Kalatop is famous for its natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and trekking trails.
Kalatop Khajjiar Trek
One of the most popular attractions in the sanctuary is the Kalatop Khajjiar trek. Trek can be completed in 1 or 2 days, some people complete it even in a day. The nearest town to the sanctuary is Dalhousie, which is about 12 km away and has regular bus services to other parts of the state. Tourists can enjoy trekking, bird watching and nature walks in the sanctuary. The best time to visit Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is from March to June and from September to November. By the way, you can visit anytime. But the weather is pleasant from March to June and from September to November.