Daranghati Wildilife Sanctuary
Daranghati Wildilife Sanctuary
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About Sanctuary

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Daranghati, once the game reserve of Bushahar dynasty is also popular for the legendary Old Hindustan-Tibet Road that traverses through its expanse. Spread across 171 sq. km, Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary houses a plethora of Forest denizens across a diversity of habitats not many sanctuaries can boast off. The Sanctuary is broadly divided into two parts, one approachable from Rampur and other from Sarahan.

Location

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Best way to visit the sanctuary is to travel till the old town of Rampur Bushahar on NH-05. From here one can either explore the southern end of the Sanctuary via place called Taklech. Alternatively, one can also take the road leading up to Mashnoo and explore the various trails the sanctuary has to offer over the high mountains that run along the Old-Hindustan Tibet Road. The sanctuary basically surrounds the remote region of Kashapat from three sides.

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Flora and Fauna

The Sanctuary houses a number of mammals and over 150 species of birds. Prominent among the mammals are Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan Musk Deer, Serow, Himalayan Weasel, and Blue Sheep. Among the birds, pheasants like Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, Kaleej Pheasant occur in good numbers. Infact the sanctuary is one of the few areas that form the habitat of Western Tragopan, locally known as Jujurana and the state bird of Himachal Pradesh.