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Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ahmednagar


Kalsubai sanctuary : challenge to trekkers and paradise for nature lovers

Location:
The sanctuary is situated in Akole Tehsil of Ahmednagar District.

Biodiversity:
The sanctuary area is most rugged, hilly and difficult to get accessibility. The area is part of Sahyadri and Kalsubai (1646 metres) in the highest peak of western ghats in the state. The vegetation type in southern moist mixed deciduous vegetation forest close to west coast semi evergreen forest and semi deciduous shrub savanna.

Flora:

Main tree species are Terminalia chebula (Hirda), Syzgium gibsonii (Jambul), Macaranga peltala (Chandawa), Cassia fistula (Bahava), Xantoliss tomentosa (Kumbhal ), Actinoda hookri (Gulchavi), Diospyrous montana (Kudal ), Albezzia procera (Siras), Trema orientalis (Kharvel), Memocylon umbellatum (Karap ), Phyllanthus emblica (Avali), Dridelia retusa (Ashind), Canthium umnelatum (Lokhand), T.bellerica (Behada).

Undergrowths:
Calotropis gigantia (Mandar), Murraya koenigii (Kadipatta), Lantana camera(Ghaneri), Acacila suma (Chilhar), Olea diocia (Parjanbhal), Karvi, Carissa Congesta (Karwand) Ber, Dhaiti, Rametha. Teak is absent. There are large traces of grasslands mostly of Marvel, Dongari, Pawanya, Ber, Surad, Harali etc. Bamboo is also seen scattered.

Fauna:

Mammal: Leopard, Jungle Cat, Palm civet, Mongoose yena, Wolf, Jackal, Fox Wild Boar, barking deer, Hare, Sambar, bats etc.

Reptiles: Monitor Lizard, Fan-throated lizard, Turtles and many spices of snakes

Birds: White nacked Storks, Herons, ibies, waterbees etc.

Tourist Information:

Best time to visit: August to December.

Nearest Airport: Pune / Mumbai.

By Rail: Mumbai to Bhandara - 185 Kms.

By Road: Nashik to Bhandardhara - 72 Kms., Nashik to Bhandardhara - 25 Kms.


water fall in monsoon

Accommodations:

Types Number of suites Reservation Authority
Irrigation Bungalow VIP suits - 3 :Other suites - 3 Executive Engineer, Irrigation, Ahmednagar
Krishanvati Bunglow VIP suites - 2 : Other suites - 8 Executive Engineer, Ghatghar project, Shendi, Ahmednagar.
M.T.D.C.'s Resort 3 beds-16 rooms :4 beds- 4 rooms: Dormitory & Tents are also available MTDC Office, Express Tower, Nariman Point, Mumbai,
Forest rest house Two suites Dy.CF (wildlife) Nashik

Private hotels are also available at Shendi, Ahmednagar.