Located in Eastern Haryana, about 126 km away from Chandigarh, is a protected area, popularly known as the Kalesar National Park. Declared as a national park by the government in December 2003, this national park is basically a sal forest which is situated along the Shivalik Hills, at the foot-hills of the Himalayas.
The area of the Kalesar National Park is about 11,000 acres, with an elevation that ranges from 2000 ft to 3,500 ft. The Kalesar National Park proves to be a delight to the people who are interested in wildlife as it had a variety of birds and animals housed in it.
Some of the interesting species found here are wild boars, sambhars, hares, red junglefowl, porcupine, chitals and so on. Additionally, plants and trees like the khair, sal, shisham, sain, jhingan and chhal grow here. This national park is also famous for the sindoor trees. Apart from the rich flora and fauna, the Kalesar National Park is also a scenic view point for the visitors to enjoy.
There is a colonial dak bungalow in its premises, which is said to be a 100 years old. Visitors can have a look at the great view of the Yamuna river from the forest guest house at this national park. The bungalow is built amidst beautiful gardens and is richly furnished with high-ceiling rooms, teak panelling and parquet flooring.
Moreover, one can also find a cozy fireplace and antique furniture. The Kalesar National Park has eight watering holes which have been dug up at various regions around the forest to prevent the birds and animals from wandering out of the protected area in search of water.
Situated at Yamuna Nagar, near the Chuharpur Village, the Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park is a renowned research centre, which has a dense variety of medicinal plants. Created on the 6th of November in 2001, the Chaudhary Park is known to provide medicinal plants and herbs to many parts of the globe.
This Nature Park can be found near the the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in Haryana. With more than 300 species of medicinal trees, herbs, shrubs, climbers and aquatic plants being grown here, the Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park has an area of about 184 acres.
The main reason for the establishment of this nature park was to revive the use of local medicinal and aromatic plants, which are believed to have numerous benefits.
Plants and trees such as khair, teak, shisham and simbal, along with ayurvedic medicines like ashwagandha, safed musli, sarpagandha, vach, brahmi, chitrak and isabgol are found here. Tulsi, pippali, makoy, bhumi amalaki, bahera, gwarpatha, harad, amla, bael, kalihari, haldi, lemon grass, liquorice, jatropha and palmarosa can be found at this Herbal Nature Park.
The Chaudhary Devi Lal Herbal Nature Park makes it easier for the visitors to know more about the medicinal herbs by placing boards with descriptions about them. In addition, there is a Nature Park that has a Children’s Park and Bamboo Cottage, which is also an information centre of the park.