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Majathal Sanctuary, Solan


Majathal Sanctuary is a popular wildlife centre situated in the district of Solan. Covering an area of around 55,670 sq km, this wildlife centre was first declared as a sanctuary in 1962. It was re-notified as a sanctuary in 1974 by the government of Himachal Pradesh.The sanctuary is home to various species of flora and fauna. However, it is widely popular for its gorals and cheer pheasants. The goral is a small animal having cylindrical horns similar to those of a goat, while the cheer pheasant is a bird with a long tail. Some of the other animals that can be spotted here include the leopard, the Himalayan black bear, the barking deer, the Himalayan palm civet, the jungle cat, the yellow throated marten, the Indian wild bear, and the langur, to name a few.

Rare birds like the black francolin and the oriental white backed vulture can also be spotted in the sanctuary. Travellers can reach this sanctuary via the Shimla-Bilaspur Road. Since there is no direct transportation to this sanctuary, tourists have to stop at Kashlog, which lies on Shimla-Bilaspur Road, and then walk to the sanctuary from there. The winter season is considered as the ideal time to visit this sanctuary. Accommodation here is available in the form of jungle houses.

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