Tundah Wild Life Sanctuary
The Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the junction of Tundah nalla and river Ravi, and located around 45 km from Dalhousie. Connected to Kugti Sanctuary by a forest corridor to the east, the altitude of this sanctuary ranges from 2074 to 5532 m.
This picturesque high altitude sanctuary is home to a large number of Indian Wildlife species, including Himalayan tahr, Ibex, pheasants, and more. It also plays host to a small population of Musk deer. The forest area consists of moist deodar forest, western mixed coniferous forest, moist temperate deciduous forest, and alpine pastures.
Flora: Kail, Deodar, Poplar, Robinia, Walnut, Fir, and Sprucem and more.
Fauna:Ibex, bear, langur, leopard, musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan fox, Himalayan shrew, rhesus macaque, common giant flying squirrel, Indian bush rate, jackal, barking deer and more.
Avian-Fauna: Pheasants, Stachyris pyrrhops, Megalaima rubricapilla, Merops orientalis, Pycnonotus leucogenys, Pycnonotus cafer, Hypsipetes madagascariensis, Melophus lathami, Butastur teesa, Erithacus brunneus, and more.
Major Attractions: The major attraction of this sanctuary is its picturesque undulating topography and wildlife typical to the higher altitude. The sanctuary also plays host to a number of colourful bird species.
State: Himachal Pradesh
Exact Location: Tundah Sanctuary is located in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh
How to Reach: If you are coming from Delhi: board a bus or train to reach Pathankot (485 km); and then from there to Chamba (80 km) and then to Durgathi. It takes around 15 km trek to reach Tundah Wildlife Sanctuary from Durgathi. Alternate route: Simla - Chamba - Durgathi - trek to the sanctuary.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Kugti Sanctuary: Kugti Sanctuary is situated at an altitude ranging from 2,195 m to 5,040 m. It is located at a distance of about 30 km from Bharmour and 15 km from Kugti village. The undulating habitat plays host to snow leopard, ibex, brown langur, common cat, leopard, deer, musk marten, Himalayan yellow throated fox, Indian/red Serow, ghoral, Himalayan thar, monal and snow cock. One can also find number of medicinal plants here.
Bharmaur: This picturesque small town is bounded by high mountain ranges, and is known for its ancient temples and monuments. Bharmaur is the base for the Manimahesh Yatra, and there are a number of trekking trails that start from here..
Best Time to Visit
May-June and September-October
Things to keep in Mind
- No permission is required to enter the sanctuary
- There is one rest house inside with 2 beds and one on the outskirts with 4 beds
- Carry your binoculars