Daranghati Sanctuary: Shimla

This Sanctuary is located near Rampur Bushahr, in Shimla District having an area of  167.40-km. This place is 150 kilometers from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh India.

Daranghati sanctuary located in the upper area of Shimla District, has undisturbed forest area with plenty of wildlife and was notified on 27th March 1974. The total covered area of this sanctuary is 16740 hectares.

An erstwhile hunting reserve of the Rampur Bushahr royal family, it was notified as a sanctuary in March 1962 and then re-notified on 27th March 1974. The sanctuary is in two non-contiguous parts namely, Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary I and II. These two units lie on either side of the Dhaula Dhar hills, an intervening range that forms part of the Middle Himalaya. The total notified area of both the parts is 168 km

An erstwhile hunting reserve of the Rampur Bushahr royal family, it was notified as a sanctuary in March 1962 and then re-notified on 27thMarch 1974. The sanctuary is in two non-contiguous parts namely, Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary I and II. These two units lie on either side of the Dhauladhar Hills, an intervening range that forms part of the Middle Himalayas. The total notified area of both the parts is 168 km.

Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Himalayan Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Goral, Indian Hare, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Ibex, Leopard, Himalayan yellow throated Marten, Serow, Blue Sheep, Common giant flying Squirrel and Himalayan Weasel are the animals that are found over here.

There is a network of bridle paths and inspection paths in the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to seek assistance from the forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan. The area is ideal for those who love to trek along mountain heights.

Daranghati Weather

Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary has cool summers and severe winters. Annual precipitation is 625–900 mm, with heavy monsoon rains from July to September and frequent snowfall from January to March. Temperatures range from –8°C in winter to 28°C in summer

How to reach Daranghati Sanctuary

Air

The Jubbarhatti airport is 23-km from Shimla and 150 kilometers from Rampur. All major domestic airlines cater their services from here to Shimla. One can catch direct flights from Delhi.

Rail

Shimla has a narrow gauge railway line on which toy train runs from Kalka to Shimla . The train cruises its way through valleys and beautiful landscapes at a very slow pace making the journey very pleasant. From Kalka one can take trains to other parts of the country. The Toy train from Shimla is of two types- one is the normal multi coach train and the other is the single car train, which has a glass roof giving an enthralling experience during the journey.

Road

Roads connect this capital city of Himachal with other places in the state as well as other major towns and cities. There is regular bus service from Delhi and Chandigarh as well as ordinary, semi deluxe, deluxe and AC coaches for Shimla are available too. Rampur is at a distance of around 132 km from Shimla. A fine network of roads connects Shimla to all major cities in India.

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