Explore the Wilderness at Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is shelter for Hyenas, Sloth bears, Blue bulls, Sambhars, Leopards, Wild boars and Antelopes. Apart from these, there are numerous creepy crawlies, right from scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, variety of spiders and bugs. On a lucky day, a sighting of a Python slithering or coiling in its space will make for a spine chilling moment.
Main attractions of the sanctuary being, Alligators which seek shelter in these marshy lands. ‘Ghariyal’ which is tagged as a ‘critically endangered’ species lives protected in this space. There has been a sudden fall in the number in the last decade.
The other attraction being the ‘Flying Fox’ which is a species of mega bat. These are large and have a wingspan of about 1.2 and 1.5m. This sanctuary remains the house for this nocturnal animal due to the large water body, dense forest and marshy lands.
This sanctuary is also ground for the famous Sagaun tree, used in making furniture while its leaves are dried and converted in to plates, since it is a protected zone, some trees are left which otherwise would have long gone. Sandalwood trees which are highly expensive and even a small bark is said to fetch you a fortune, Khair, Eucalyptus and Amaltas adorn the expanse of the sanctuary and serve as breeding grounds for the bird population.
To conserve and protect this sanctuary in a better and organised manner, “Paryawaran Sachetak Samiti” an independent voluntary organisation which is actively involved in promotion of ecology and nature conservation, along with "WWF" has taken commendable steps and organise activities to promote their cause.
The sanctuary is divided in to different zones named after the Pandavas and Kauravas in Mahabharata. The nature trails give an opportunity for trekking enthusiasts.
Be mesmerised with a safari, a trek through the woods, watch the endangered species, enjoy the rich bio-diversity of the place and be thrilled by the scintillating feat of dolphins splashing and springing in the water. As the saying goes, “Everyone needs a tonic of wilderness,” explore....
How to Reach Hastinapur Wildlife SanctuaryBy Air: Delhi is the nearest Airport, it is a 110km drive from the airport.
By Road: NH 45 is well connected to all the states, which leads to the sanctuary.
By Rail: Nearest Railway station being Meerut, a 30km drive will take you to the destination.
Accommodation: One can choose to make earlier reservations at The PWD Inspection House or The Forest Rest House. Private Hotels are also available depending on your convenience you may book accordingly.
Best time to visit the Sanctuary: Between Mid-November and Early-April.