About Kalesar National Park    

Kalesar National Park is a protected area located in eastern Haryana, India, 150 km from Chandigarh. It is a popular destination for bird-watching. It is home to the red jungle fowl among other birds. It is a sal forest in Shivalik hills, a name given to the foot-hills of the Himalayas is spread across 11000 acres. The range runs parallel with the Himalayan system from Haridwar on the Ganges to the banks of the Beas, with a length of 200 miles (320 km) and an average width of 10 miles (16 km). The elevation varies from 2000 to 3,500 ft (1,100 m). Geologically speaking the Shivaliks belong to the tertiary deposits of the outer Himalayas, and are chiefly composed of low sandstone and conglomerate hills, the solidified and upheaved detritus of the great range in their rear The intermediate valley lying between the outer hills and the Mussoorie.

Kalesar is an excellent area to visit for birders and those interested in wildlife. It has a 100-year-old colonial dak bungalow. The forest rest house located at a picturesque point commands a sweeping view of the Yamuna river. Surrounded with multi-layered gardens, and as typical of the 'Raj' bungalow architecture, there are high-ceiling rooms, exquisite parquet flooring and teak paneling along walls. A fireplace with a mantelpiece above and antique furniture completes the period setting.


 
Flora and Fauna in Kalesar National Park    

Flora:
In the distant hills stand silhouetted against the first pinkish-blue light. A dirt road diverts from the highway where a faded billboard announces entry into the reserve forest mainly consisting of Sal trees. The ride is very bumpy. Also present - the sindoor tree — A small-sized tree, it has dainty flowers, which turn into pods to produce the vermilion sindoor that adorns the tresses of married women.

Dense forest. Besides the tall, leafy sal trees that constitute the age-old forest belt of the Doon valley, there are also other trees like Semul, Amaltas and Bahera. Climbers snake up the tree stems, and the forest floor is littered with fallen leaves and foliage plants. Sculptural anthills dot the landscape. There is a watering hole created by the forest department to quench the thirst of wild animals. A number of pebbled dry rivulets, which come alive during the monsoon season. A vast stretch of forest clearing is in sight. It's not a natural clearing but a man-made one; and what is called in forestry parlance a 'fire line.' which help in the intricate task of containing forest fires, which once if they start off, even by a carelessly thrown bidi, can turn into a raging forest inferno.

Fauna:
Leopard, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild Goat, Deer, Wild Bore Baking, Red Jungle, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar Tailed Treecreeper, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Blue Bearded Bee Eater.

Bird species including Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar Tailed Treecreeper, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Blue Bearded Bee Eater.


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Major Wildlife Attractions - Kalesar National Park  
Kalesar National Park is home to Leopard, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Wild Goat, Deer, Wild Bore Baking, Red Jungle, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar Tailed Treecreeper, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Blue Bearded Bee Eater.

Bird species including Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie, Crested Serpent Eagle, Bar Tailed Treecreeper, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Grey Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Blue Bearded Bee Eater.

 
Best Time to Visit - Kalesar National Park    

Best time to visit the Sanctuary is between October to March.

Air: The nearest airport is Chandigarh and Delhi.

Rail: The nearest railhead is Yamuna Nagar.

Road: Yamuna Nagar is very well connect by road with all major cities.


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General Info / Tips    

You can stay at Kalesar Forest Rest House, Hathini Kund Irrigation Rest House, Tajewala Irrigation Rest House.

 
     
Location: Haryana, India
Nearest Access: Yamuna Nagar (12-kms)
Main Wildlife Found: Leopard, Bear, Chital, Sambar, Grey Hooded Warbler, Red Billed Blue Magpie
Coverage Area: 1100 sq-kms
   
     
     
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