Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Panchkula district of Haryana, India. Spread over 767 hectares of land the wildlife sanctuary houses Vulture Conservative and Breeding Centre Pinjore. It is 8 km away from Pinjore on Pinjor-Mallah Road. Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary is 10 km from Kalka, 20 km from Panchkula, 30 km from Chandigarh, 20 km from Morni Hill station. Forests Department, Haryana of Government of Haryana officially notified this as Wildlife Sanctuary 29 May 1987.
In 2009, the Government of India declared Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary Zone an Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ), as a result development will not be permitted within a 5 km radius.
Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary and Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary are only 3 km aerial distance from each other, both are also only few km away from Kalesar National Park, all of which lie in the Shivalik hills of Haryana. All these three centuries have similar species of wild animal that migrate from century to another. The wild species include Chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Indian leopard, Asiatic elephant, Wild boar, Rhesus macaque, Gray langur, Striped hyena, Indian jackal, Jungle cat, Indian gray mongoose, Indian fox and Indian jackal.
The nearby attractions of the Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuary Panchkula are Kalesar National Park – 15 km from Yamunanagar on Chhachhrauli road, location map, it has wild animals such as elephant, wild boar, sambar deer, hare, red junglefowl, porcupine, monkey and chital.
Khol Hi-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary spread over 4883 hectares area of land in Panchkula district, 3 aerial km from Bir Shikargah Wildlife Sanctuar near Panchkula on Morni road, 20 km from Chandigarh.
Flora of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary
A thick forest cover envelopes the area of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary which possesses lush greenery. Trees like Teak, Eucalyptus and Khair are a few of the numerous species of flora which thrive in the cool depths of this wildlife reserve. The sanctuary also possesses Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests.
Fauna of Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Numerable types of wild creatures prowl about Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary including Nilgai, Wild Boar, Muntjac, Goral, Rhesus Macaque, Sambar, Common Langur, Chital, Mongoose, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Porcupine, Spotted Deer and Jackal. Lucky visitors might even receive a few glances of Leopard roaming about the sanctuary grounds. The birds which dwell here are Grey Partridge, Red Jungle Fowl, Black Partridge and several others.
The ideal time when one must pay visit to this wonderful wildlife sanctuary is between the months of October and March. The closest airport to the sanctuary is the international airport near Chandigarh. There exists an efficient network of roadways which easily connects it to the rest of the city.