It is said that those who have been to Himachal Pradesh or to Manali and have skipped the Manali Sanctuary have lost a big time opportunity of pampering themselves with the bliss of nature. Manali Sanctuary is situated at a distance of around 3 KM from the Manali town of the Kullu District. It covers an area of approximately 32 sq. KM. Manali Sanctuary was officially declared in the year 1954 on the 26th February under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act 1933. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Away from the humdrums of city life, Manali Sanctuary offers a serene experience good enough to blow the mind of a man with its fantastic richness of nature. It is one of the most sought after Honeymoon spots in India. Manali is said to be the best among the 32 sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh.
Manali Sanctuary is a home to several numbers of wild life animals, birds and plants; these include common as well as a few rarest species. The forest is engulfed and surrounded by trees like horse chestnut, walnuts, kail, deodars, maple trees giving it a different view altogether. Some of the animals seen here are- the Snow Leopard, Brown Beer, Stripped Hyena, Barking Deer, Indian Hare, Musk Deer, and Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten etc. It also provides shelter to a large number of birds including the migratory guests like the Ibex in the summers.
The line of Alpine trees and snow-topped mountain peaks are bound to mesmerize the heart of anyone who is planning to visit this awesome place. It has some of the best Trekking Routes to offer and besides that there are options for camping facilities for a comfortable Nature-viewing experience. Shutterbugs are definitely going to enjoy the tremendous potential of each and every frame just like a dream coming true.
Best time to visit : October to February End.
How to go there :By Air : Bhuntar which is abour 50 KM from Manali is the nearest airport. You should hire a Cab or board a bus to reach Manali.
By train : Travelling by a train may not seem to be a good idea for those who want to save on time. The nearest train port is Joginder Nagar which is 95 KM from Kullu. You could hire a Cab or a bus from Kullu to Manali and enjoy the scenic beauty en route.
By Road : One can go to Manali through the Kullu valley while enjoying the bountiful beauty of nature. Manali is well connected to a few other major tourist junctions as well via road.
Accommodation : While visiting the majestic Himachal Pradesh, Manali Sanctuary is a must see spot for any person. It has very nice night stay facilities around; but if you choose to stay at the heart of a forest and camp there, you would be welcome and allowed accordingly.