Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary

A canopy of forest in the middle of craggy hills surrounding you from all sides, welcome to Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the state of Jharkhand, the wildlife sanctuary is just 89 km away from the city of Ranchi. While the hilly terrain, which rises to 615 m above the sea level, ensures that the temperature here never rises too much, the forest provides shelter to a variety of wild animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over quite some area, which is quite notable, given its close proximity to the one of the biggest cities in the state. In all, the sanctuary has an area of around 184 sq. km.

Travel Tips

The best time for you to visit the Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary will be between the months of October and March. The temperature is fairly cold in winter, so carry warm cloths. If you are visiting in summer, light cotton garments is a must.

When to visit

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  • 23.7° Max
  • 9.4° Min
  • 21.6 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen.
Things to do

If you are a lover of nature, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary is sure to charm you. The sanctuary on the plateau provides shelter to some of the most interesting animals that can be found in the forest of India. While you are walking through the shadowy paths of the forest, you can get a glimpse of the Bengal Tiger, if you are lucky. The sanctuary is known to host several tigers, though it has become a rare sight of late. The other animals that you can expect to spot during your tour of the park are Sambhar, nilgai, leopard, wild boar, sloth bear, chital, and kakar deer. The sanctuary has the distinction of playing host to more Sambhar deer than any other sanctuary of equal size in the country. However, it is not only the animals which form the attraction of the wildlife sanctuary at Hazaribagh. The serene beauty of the forest with its tropical variety of trees is in itself a charm that pulls lovers of nature from all around the globe to this quaint little sanctuary. There are several watchtowers in the sanctuary from which one can catch glimpse of the animals as well as get a bird’s eye view of the greenery all around them. The waterholes are also places to be visited at night as the animals are known to crowd around these.

Getting Around

Hazaribagh is quite a small place. So you might want to do some walking to get better acquainted with the place. Public transport is quite easily available as well, both state-run and privately operated ones. Another way in which you can get around Hazaribagh is on cycle. You can rent one for quite a low cost. You can go to the nearby towns by hiring a cab or renting cars.

Places to Stay

There are several places in Hazaribagh to stay during your trip to the sanctuary. Firstly, you can stay at the forest resort. The rent is quite nominal and you can get a magnificent experience of staying at the heart of the sanctuary. However, if you are planning to stay in a hotel, there are several hotels in the locality, most of which are quite budget friendly.

How to Reach

  • In case you are planning to visit the sanctuary by taking the aerial route, the nearest airport is at Ranchi. Once you get off at the airport, you can cover the remaining 91 km. by hiring a cab or renting a car from outside the station. The airport is well connected to the major airports across the country, including the airport at Delhi.
  • If you are planning to reach the sanctuary by rail, you can do so by taking a train to Koderma. It is the nearest rail station and is located at a distance of 59 km. from the wildlife sanctuary. There is also the Hazaribagh Road Railway which is on the Howrah-Delhi Grand Chord Line. From the station, you can take a cab to the sanctuary. The tickets for the journey can be booked from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. The fare is expected to fall within the range of Rs.1500 and Rs.2900 if you are travelling from outside the state. For train journey within the state, the fare should be within Rs.300.
  • Hazaribagh is quite well connected to the other major cities of the state, like, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Gaya, Daltongunj, and Patna. You can take a car from any of these cities and make the trip to the sanctuary. Hazaribagh is also connected to Kolkata via Asansol-Gobindpur-Barhi Highway. Cars for the journey can be hired from any of the tourist agencies or rental car services.

Surrounding Attractions

If you are in the mood for picnic, you can go the Hazaribagh Lake, which is in the middle of the town. The lake is quite a popular destination for tourists as well as local picnickers. Canary Hills is another nearby location you should pay a visit to. There are three small lakes there and an observatory tower from which you can get an aerial view of the entire town.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Medical Emergency: 108