Located two km from the popular hill station of Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature haven spread over 3,180 hectares.
The Manali sanctuary starts behind the town and goes up in the mountains behind the hill station. The sanctuary forms the catchment of Manalsu Khad. Lush green dense forests, pristine glaciers and the sight of colourful birds and animals promises to leave travellers impressed.
The vegetation of the sanctuary includes Deodar, fir, horse chestnut, walnut, poplar, robinia, maple and willow trees. The sanctuary is home to musk deer, monal, brown bears and snow leopards. Herds of Ibex migrate to the sanctuary during summer and can be seen while climbing in the glacier zone.
Birds are the biggest attraction for visitors. The sanctuary is home to Monal, Tree Creepers, Chakor, Kokla, Kingfisher, Snow Pigeon, etc. It plays home to several species of migratory birds during summer.
The sanctuary is also popular with those looking for adrenalin rush. Various trekking routes, from easy climbs to difficult ones, pass through the sanctuary. The sanctuary also allows camping in summer. The best time for trekking is May and June. Visitors are also allowed to stay in the camp at Lambadug or Gallant thatch.
Manali situated at 6398 ft in the Himalayas is a popular honeymoon destination and Mecca for adventure sports enthusiasts. Indians flock to the town even in winters lured by its snow covered peaks and slopes. Foreigners attracted by adventure sports options flock in large numbers to Manali.
The Great Himalayan National Park and the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary are the other important wildlife sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh.