Daranghati Sanctuary

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Daranghati Sanctuary
Location Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh, India
Coordinates 31°23′30″N 77°48′11″E / 31.3917°N 77.803°E / 31.3917; 77.803[1]Coordinates: 31°23′30″N 77°48′11″E / 31.3917°N 77.803°E / 31.3917; 77.803[1]
Area 167 km2 (64 sq mi)
Established 1962

The Daranghati Sanctuary is located in Shimla District Rampur Bushahr, Himachal Pradesh, India. It has undisturbed forest areas. Monal, Tragopan, Koklas and Kalij are the pheasants found here. Some of the common animals found here are Musk deer, Goral and Thar. Forest staff posted at Dofda and Sarahan is there for advice and guidance.[2]


As per the Wildlife Laws in India, permission of Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) of the State or the concerned Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) under whom the sanctuary falls administratively, is required to enter/stay inside the sanctuary. Daranghati Sanctuary is administered by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Wildlife who sits at Sarahan.

The best way to explore the Sanctuary is to walk on foot on the various trails that lead off from the heritage Old-Hindustan Tibet Road connecting Rampur Bushahar to Sarahan. The sanctuary keeps to the upper reaches of mountains that run alongside the Old Hindustan Tibet Road. The trails usually lead up these mountains and then go down across to the hidden but beautiful valley of Kashapat.

Following are the prominent places falling along the route while one is travelling from Chandigarh towards the Sanctuary on National Highway 05. Chandigarh- Shimla (115km); Shimla – Narkanda (65 km); Narkanda – Rampur (60km); Rampur – Mashnoo (30km, State Highway); Mashnoo – Daran Village (10km, link-road).

The Sanctuary receives good amount of Snowfall in Winters. The Best time to visit the sanctuary is from April to June.


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