Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
|Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Location||Rajsamand District, Rajasthan, India|
|Area||578 km2 (223 sq mi)|
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India and surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress and covers an area of 578 km2 (223 sq mi). The sanctuary extends across the Aravalli Range, covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali districts, ranging from 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft) elevation.
It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 km2 (223 sq mi) in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft). It is home to a variety of wild life, some of which are endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh includes the normally shy and untrusting grey jungle fowl. Peacocks and doves can be sighted feeding on grains scattered by the jungle guards. Bird like the red spur owls, parakeets, golden oriole, grey pigeons, bulbul, dove and white breasted kingfisher can also be seen near the water holes. Kumbhalgarh’s natural environment attracts tourists, and is accessible from Udaipur, which is 100 km from here. Foot tracking and horse safari organised by local tour operators are also available. A typical safari route enters the sanctuary from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and cuts across the sanctuary it reaches Ghanerao, and then borders an old abandoned road. On this road, one can see chinkaras, neelgais, four horned antelope and birds.
Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project
With the recent Supreme Court of India judgement favoring the relocation of Lions over the reintroduction of Cheetahs in India a proposal made to the Rajasthan Government by wildlife conservationist Raza.H.Tehzin in April 2009 to relocate a few Lions to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is being revived.