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Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary

Location

The Sanctuary is located in Chandauli District, in the south eastern part of U.P., between Chakia & Naugarh

Bestl Time to Visit

Best time to visit is from July to February but the sanctuary is at its best during and after rainy season.

Timings: 6am-5pm, opens on all days

Phone: For Guest House booking - +91-542-2668231

Attractions: Nature & Wildlife

Entry Fee

Rs. 30 for Indians, Rs. 350 for foreigners, Vehicle Parking@ Rs. 10 for Scooter, Rs. 50 for Car/Jeep, Rs 100 for Bus, Movie- camera charges- Rs. 3500 for Indians, Rs. 7000 for foreigners.

How to Reach

It is accessible by road and you can easily reach by bus/taxi from Varanasi, which is 70 km via Varanasi-Mughalsarai-Chakia-Naugarh road and 70 km via Varanasi-Pandav-Ramnagar-Mughalsarai-Chakia-Naugarh road. Varanasi railway station is 70 kms and Mughalsarai railway station is 55 kms while Babatpur airport, Varanasi is 90 kms.

Highlights

Chandra Prabha Wild Life Sanctuary, once a habitat of Asiatic Lions, has all the natural ingredients to become a beautiful tourist/picnic spot. It has been endowed with beautiful picnic spots, dense forest, and scenic waterfalls like Raj Dari & Dev Dari & a dam nearby called Chandra Prabha Dam. The Sanctuary was established in 1957 and sprawls over an area of 9,600 hectares. The core area of the Sanctuary covers over 2,686 hectares while the buffer area covers 66000 hectares, which also includes Kashi Wildlife Division. It was the habitat of Asiatic Lion from 1957-1970 but after that lions disappeared from here. In the past when naxal problem was not there people used to flock around here & enjoy the wildlife, forest & natural beauty in winter season, and also during rainy season when waterfalls added greater attraction to the lush green environment of the sanctuary. It serves as a natural & ideal habitat with its grasslands, many caves in Vindhyan area & waterfalls for a host of animals & plants (medicinal also) and has a great potential to develop Jungle Tourism in the sanctuary where people can enjoy natural beauty & bio-diversity. Animals found here are Leopard, Black Buck, Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai (blue bull), Wild Boar, Porcupine, Indian Gazelle, Rabbit, Monkey, Chinkara, Chausingha, Hyena, Wild Cat, Jackal, Wild Fox & others. Beside this, there is wide variety of colourful birds & creeping animals (poisonous & nonpoisonous) in the sanctuary. Chandra Prabha & Karmnasha Rivers, flowing through the sanctuary have a variety of fish. A remarkable growth in the population of some beasts like Leopards & Boars has been observed.

Places of Interest inside the Sanctuary

Raj Dari

Surrounded by the forest area, this stepped waterfall is the main attraction point for the tourists. A picnic spot has been developed by the forest department near the fall from where people can enjoy the natural beauty of the fall.
Deo Dari - It is about 500 mts down the stream below Raj Dari waterfall.

Chandra Prabha Dam

This tourist attraction spot is located up stream on Chandra Prabha River near the sanctuary and is the source of water for both the waterfalls. The dam named Chandra Prabha has been constructed by Irrigation Department.
One Nature Interpretation Centre, showing the names of different species, a library & resource centre, a small Canteen and a Guest House of Forest Dept. (under DFO, Ramnagar) having seven suites available at Rs. 100-300, are located inside the sanctuary, near Raj Dari waterfall.

 

Contact Details of Tour Operators

Name

Telephone Number

Varuna Travels,Pandey Haveli

91 (0542) 2393371, 2393372

Ashok Tour & Travels, ITDC Indian Airlines Building, Cantoment

91 (0542) 2503432, 2502548

Surabhi Travel, Cooperative building, Nadesar

91 (0542) 2502664, 2507819

TSI , Sri Das Foundation, Cantt, Varanasi

91 (0542) 2505928, 2500289

Travel Assistant, Varuna Bridge

91 (0542) 2502954

Abhiyan Tour & Travel, Mint House, Nadesar

91 (0542) 2311596

Cosmic Travel , Varuna Bridge

91 (0542) 2502246, 2504526

Morning Tours and Evening Tours are Organized from the Tourist Bungalow (Parade Kothi- Opposite Railway Station) and the Govt. of India Tourist Office, Cantonment.