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A One Day Trip From Delhi : Kalesar National Park

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Known for leopards, panthers and ample species of birds, Kalesar National Park is situated in the eastern district of Haryana which is Yamuna Nagar. It is at a drive of 150 kms from Chandigarh. This park was declared a national park by the government in 2003. The park is spread over an area of 13,209 acres. Those who are in deep love with wild animals and watching different species of birds, Kalesar National Park is the perfect destination for them.

Name Kalesar national park, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
Established in 2003
Area Over 13000 acres
Open from Sunday to Saturday
Visiting time 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry fees for Indians Rs. 30/- per person
Entry fees for Foreigners Rs. 100/- per person
Safari charges Rs. 100/- per person
Videography charges Rs. 500/-

Kalesar national park is spread over 13000 acres of land and is situated at about 2000 to 3500 ft above sea level. It shares its boundaries with 3 states – Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. This park is also called a Sal forest of the Shivalik range. The park got its name from the Kaleshar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is situated in the forest reserved area. The park is known all over the country for the species of animals it houses.

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The entire national park has biodiversity caves, Sal forests and dense grasslands all over the region. The region has 8 artificially made water sources for the animals’ convenience so that they don’t walk out of the protected area in search of water.

The Kalesar national park is the stock house of a large number of herbs and medicinal plants. The place also has a hundred year old ‘Dak Bunglow’ which is situated near the banks of river Yamuna. You can enjoy the majestic view of the river from here. Other major attractions of the place are multi-layered garden of the forest rest house, large king sized rooms, and beautiful scenic views to make your stay a memorable one.

Best time to visit Kalesar national park:

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The weather is pleasant in the area from October to March. If planning to visit, try to make it between October and March. Early months of summers can also be considered for visiting.

How to reach Kalesar National Park:

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By train – The nearest railway station is in Yamuna Nagar (Jagadhari). The park is about 37 kms from the station.

By road – The national park is situated on National Highway 73A which connects Yamuna Nagar and Ponta Saheb. You can use your won vehicle or even public transport to reach the place which is 40 kms from the former and 15 kms from the latter place.

By air – The nearest airport is Chandigarh airport which is at a distance of 125 kms.

Accomodation at Kalesar National Park:

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You can book a room at any of the government rest houses – Woodland rest house, Tajewala Irrigation Rest House or Hathinikund Rest House (subjected to availability of accomodation). There are a few hotels in Ponta Saheb so one can check in there as well.

Things of interest in Kalesar National Park:

Nature and wildlife lovers would find the place amazing. You will get to see a number of animals and birds in the national park. The park houses a number of wild animals like Leopard, Barking Deer, Sambar, Ghoral, Chital, Monitor lizard, Python, King Cobra, wild elephants etc. Birds like the tree pie, red jungle fowl, horn bills, blue peafowl, Drongo, Partridges, etc. can also be seen. Reptiles like Python, King Cobra, Monitor lizard etc. can also be found. Sometimes, even Tigers and Elephants visit this park from Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand.

You can also enjoy a number of other activities like Fishing, Trekking, Sight Seeing, Swimming and jungle safari.

Here are some of images captured by our team at: Kalesar National Park

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