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WILD HARYANA

Sultanpur National Park

National Park is situated in Gurgaon district of Haryana on Gurgaon - Farrukh Nagar road. Distance of the park is around 50 Km from Delhi & 15 km from Gurgaon. Sultanpur National Park is a bird paradise for bird watchers. Park is famous for its migratory as well as resident birds. Migratory species reach here after covering incredible distance, since there home land in Europe, Siberia and Central Asia becomes inhabitable due to cold temperature, snow covered ground and frozen lakes. Migratory birds start arriving in the park in September. Birds use park as a resting place till the following March-April. During summer and monsoon months the park is inhabited by many local bird species. A total of around 250 bird species have been reported in the park.

Access: Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi- 35 km. Take taxi / bus from the airport. Nearest railway station: Garhi Harsaru on Delhi - Rewari Railway line. Railway station: Take Metro from New Delhi to Huda City Centre Gurgaon and make arrangement for local conveyance from there.

Kalesar National Park

Kalesar National Park is situated in the foot hills of Shiwalik ranges of mighty Himalayas. On map it is located between 300 18 to 300 27 North latitude & 770 25 to 770 35 East longitude. It falls under Yamunanagar district of Haryana and sharing boundary with three states viz., Himachal Pradesh & Uttranchal & U.P. The Yamuna rive form the Eastern boundary with Uttar Pradesh, the main Shiwalik ridge separates state boundary among Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & Uttaranchal in the north

Corresponding to the considerable diversity of habitat types, the wild animals of Kalesar protected area show a good variety of species. Although numbers are rather low at present, due to the full protection provided by park authorities, the population will increase to the full carrying capacity of the area within few years. Among herbivores Sambhar is common, especially in the more densely forested areas on gentle slopes; groups of 2 to 4 are often seen. Chital is another common herbivore found in open grassy patches and fire lines. Barking deer is found especially in forest areas with ample ground cover. The Goral is found in the park occupying a specialized niche on the relatively bare rocky slope at the top of Shiwalik ridges
Antelopes are represented by the Nilgai or Blue bull which occurs in the more open areas bordering Yamuna plain. Wild boar is also fairly common in the park and it also raids on crops. Elephant is an occupational visitor from Rajaji National Park. Elephants use to stay at Kalesar Protected Area for few weeks and used to go back to Rajaji National Park. If good waterholes are made available it may stay for long time.
The Rhesus macaque is most common monkey in the park and most of these were released in the park area from outside. Presently, there number is too high for these monkeys also feeds on eggs of Red Jungle fowl, so there is a apprehension that there is a decrease in Red Jungle Fowl number. Most of the time these monkeys attack on villages and also go for crap raids. Among the carnivores in Kalesar Protected Area leopard take pride place. There are about 10-12 leopard in the entire Protected Area. The tiger is also an occasional visitor from Rajaji national park. It stays for few days and goes back. If there is increase in prey base it can permanently stay in the park. The park was declared as National Park on 8th December 2003 having an area of 11570 acres. Just adjacent to the National Park is Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary and it was notified on 13th December 1996, having an area of 13209 acres.

Access: Yamunanagar Ponta Sahib state highway passes through the Kalesar National Park. It is around 45 KM from Yamunanagar, 15 KM from Ponta and 55 KM from Dehradun. It is well connected by road and having good services from Yamuna Nagar and Ponta Sahib. The nearest railway station is at Yamunanagar.