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Kalesar National Park: The Lesser Known Shivalik Jungle of Haryana

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A wildlife lover? Add Kalesar National Park to your list. Kalesar National Park, a prepossessing place located in the Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana, is totally an amazing place to spend some leisure time. The park got its name from the Kalesar temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) situated inside the boundaries of the National Park. Total area of the National park is about 46.82 Km2. In 2003, the then Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a National park. The park is situated in the foothills of Shivalik range of Himalayas and is a popular destination for bird-watching. It is located about 150 Km away from Chandigarh.

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Kalesar National Park

 It is home to the red jungle fowl and many more migratory birds.  The Park offers a number of other activities like Fishing, Trekking, Sight Seeing, Swimming and jungle safari.

Kalesar is an excellent area to visit for the wildlife lovers. The biggest of attraction the National Park is the 100-year-old colonial dak bungalow.

Kalesar National Park has got a lot of gravity in terms of bio-diversity. It is the ware-house for numerous medicinal plants and the entire region is filled with thick Sal woodlands, Khair woodlands and coverings of sward lands, which supports rich variety of flora and fauna. The Park houses many wild animals like Leopard, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Sambar, Chital, Monitor lizard, Python, King Cobra, wild elephants etc. 

Kalesar National Park

The National park shares its boundaries with three states viz., Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh. The Yamuna River forms the Eastern boundary with Uttar Pradesh, and the main Shivalik ridgeline separates the state boundary among Haryana, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in the north.

Supreme flora

  • Chhal, Sal, Shisham, Khair, Jhingan, Sain, Dhak, Kachnar, Amaltas, Tun, Amla etc.

Presiding fauna

Animals – a large variety of mammals like Nilgai, Rhesus macaque, Barking deer, Wild boars, Leopard, Jackal, Ghoral, Sambar, hares etc. can be easily seen.  Sporadically, even Tigers and wild Elephants also visit this park from Rajaji National Park.

Birds – The tree pie, red jungle fowl, horn bills, blue peafowl, Drongo, Partridges, etc.

Reptiles – Python, King Cobra, Monitor lizard etc. Occasionally Tigers and Elephants visit this park from Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand.

Other Attractions at Kalesar National Park                     

  • Kalesar Mahadev Temple
  • Yamuna River bank

Best Time to Visit 

The best time to visit the Kalesar National Park is between the months of October to March when the weather is pleasant and most of the animals can be easily sighted.

Distance from Nearby and Major Cities

  • Chandigarh – about 150 km
  • Kurukshetra – about 87 km
  • Delhi – about 218 km

Accommodation 

Three rest houses are available (subjected to a prior booking)

  • Kalesar Woodland Rest House (managed by forest and wildlife department of Haryana) contact for booking Ph. 0171-2444237
  • Hathini-Kund Irrigation Rest House (Managed by Irrigation Department of Haryana)
  • Tajewala Irrigation Rest House. (Irrigation Department)

If you are lucky, you can get a room at any of these beautiful rest houses and you can have a mesmerising stay.

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