Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
|Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Visitors||NA (in NA)|
|Governing body||Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India|
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It was inaugurated by Sanjay Gandhi in 1975.
Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the Dalma Hills. Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is a much larger area starting from Chandil to 40 km east. The sanctuary on paper is spread around in 195 km2.
The forest cover is denuded up to 90% because of selective pilferage by timber mafia over many years.
The wildlife sanctuary has elephants, barking deer, sloth bear and porcupines as the main inhabitants. Famous for holding many elephants and other animals, which come downhill during the monsoons and winter and enter nearby villages and towns of Jharkhand and West Bengal. This occasionally leads to conflicts between man and elephants. The animal population has severely declined because of the sinister practice of Desua Sangar which is a carnage of wild animals in summer under some animist religious garb and also due to the severely depleted forest cover.
There are small hideouts within the sanctuary to view the wild animals in their natural habitat.The sanctuary is an ideal spot for trekkers. Another attraction here is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where a large number of devotees flock during the festival of Shivratri. The number of tourists visiting the sanctuary has significantly dropped in recent years due to the Naxalite infestation of the area surrounding the sanctuary and also due to the volatile situation in the region.
Accommodation conveniences are available in the forest guest house. The best time to visit is from October to June. Bookings can be made from the Forest Range Office, near Payal Talkies, Mango, Jamshedpur. An application needs to be submitted and accommodation can be availed for Rs. 300.
|Nearest city||Jamshedpur Gamharia Adityapur Bistupur (10 km)|
|Nearest railhead||Chandil Railway Station|
|Nearest airport||Sonari Airport, Jamshedpur|
|Nearest highway||Tata - Ranchi National Highway-33|