Kalesar National Park is a wonderful place to explore the beauty of wildlife. It is located in the Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana and it is located 150km away from Chandigarh.
This park is situated in the piedmont region of Shiwalik ranges. This park earned the title of Wildlife Sanctuary in 1996 and the tag “National Park” in 2003. This park spreads across an area of 46.82 Km2.
The park got its name after a temple named “Kalesar temple” located inside the park. Kalesar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.. This park has some rich bio-diversity and houses many endangered animals in the country.
Kalesar National Park
Safari at Kalesar National Park
Tourists can go for Safaris in Kalesar National Park. Safari services were offered by private individuals who are registered with Wildlife Wing of forest. They charge prices according to rates prevailed in that area. Nearly 3 routes were laid into the forest for Safari purpose. Their length varies from 6 to 7 km’s. Safari at Kalesar national Park offers a chance for tourists to view the fierce and beautiful wildlife, enthralling nature from a closer view.
Significance of Kalesar national Park
Kalesar National Park houses many endangered animals like Ghoral, Sambhar, Cheetah, Leopard and Barking Deer. Due to rich Bio-Diversity and ideal weather conditions in the region many animals like Elephants, Tigers migrate to this park from Rajaji National Park in Haryana. This area is prone to frequent flash floods during heavy down pour. As a result those waters will wash away a large number of animals. However by giving it special significance in the form of National park, forest officials are giving their best efforts to averse such disasters which brings about a heavy loss and damage to Ecology of the region.
Ch. Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park
After visiting this National Park there are still many places that are worth touring. These spots include-
- Ch. Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park– It is located 20km away from this park. It spreads over 50 acres with more than 12000 Medicinal trees and Shrubs.
- Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Bir Shikagah Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Dak Bungalow– It was constructed during the period of British rule in India. The view from the top of this building is truly a splendid one giving almost a complete view of Yamuna River.
- Kaleswar Temple– It is dedicated to Lord Shiva located within the park. One can find floating stones here.
Sal-Belt in the forest
This park has very thick vegetation giving the impression of Tropical Evergreen forest to visitors. It is the only forest in Haryana which has a natural belt of Sal trees besides Sal other trees like Khair, Shisham, Chall, Sain and Jhingan trees can also be found here.
The animals that are said to be residing in the forest according to 2016 animal counting survey are Leopards, Rusty-Spotted cats, Indian Crested Porcupine, Wild Pig, Indian Hare, Rhesus Macaque, Barking Deer, Sāmbhar, Chital, Gray Langur, Goral, Indian Jackal, Nilgai and Asiatic Elephants.
How to Reach
By Air– Chandigarh Airport is the nearest Airport located at a distance of 87 km from Kalesar National Park.
By Road– The nearest town to this place is Kurukshetra. Kalesar National Park is well connected to major areas in the region by road network.
By Rail – Yamuna Nagar or Jagadhari Railway station is the closest railway station located at a distance of 37km from Kalesar National Park.
Many hotels were located outside the Kalesar National Park. They offer decent accommodation facilities at affordable costs.
Best Time to Visit
October to March is the best months to visit Kalesar National Park.
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