Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary, Yamuna Nagar

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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 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, plans 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 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 amidst beautiful gardens and is richly furnished with high-ceiling rooms, teak paneling 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.

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