Chandraprabha Sanctuary, Chandauli

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Chandraprabha Sanctuary is located in the Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh about 70 kilometres from the historic city of Varanasi. It encompasses several scenic picnic spots, scintillating waterfalls such as Rajdari and Devdari, and dense forests. The sanctuary was established in 1957 to house the Asiatic lions. Apart from the lions, several other animals are found here including porcupine, blackbucks, chital, wild boar, sambhar, nilgai, and Indian gazelle. The reptile species are represented by gharial and python. The sanctuary is a bird watcher’s delight and attracts around 150 species of residential and migratory birds. The vegetation is typically dry deciduous forest.

The sanctuary is spread across an area of 78 square kilometres and lies on the Naugarh and Vijaigarh hillocks in the Vindhya forest range. The best time to visit is from October to February. Though there are no accommodation facilities here, there are several eating joints from where you can buy snacks.

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