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Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary

Kumbhalgarh, India

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Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India and surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress and covers an area of 578 km2 (223 sq mi). The sanctuary extends across the Aravalli Range, covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali districts, ranging from 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft) elevation.

It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 km2 (223 sq mi) in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft). It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying. The normally shy and untrusting grey jungle fowl can be spotted here. Peacocks and Doves can be sighted regularly feeding on grains scattered by the jungle guards. Bird like the red spur owls, Parakeets, golden Oriole, grey Pigeons, Bulbul, Dove and white breasted kingfisher can also be seen near the water holes. Kumbhalgarh’s natural beauty is attracting many tourists and especially for its accessibility from Udaipur, which is 100 km from here. Foot tracking and horse safari organised by local tour operators are proving to be very popular. A typical safari route enters the sanctuary from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and cutting across the sanctuary it reaches Ghanerao, and then borders an old abandoned road. On this road, one can sight Chinkaras, Neelgais, four horned Antelope and many birds.

With the recent Supreme Court of India judgement favoring the relocation of Lions over the reintroduction of Cheetahs in India a proposal made to the Rajasthan Government by wildlife conservationist Raza.H.Tehzin in April 2009 to relocate a few Lions to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is being revived.

Many Tourist visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort plus a lion safari can provide additional attraction.

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  • WDPA ID1802
  • NameKumbhalgarh
  • Original NameKumbhalgarh
  • Country / TerritoryIND
  • Sub locationIN-RJ
  • IUCN CategoryIVWhat is this?
  • English DesignationSanctuary
  • Designation TypeNational
  • StatusDesignated
  • Status Year1971
  • Reported Area km2578.25
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International CriteriaNot Applicable
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
  • Management Plan URLNot Reported

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