Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary sprawling over an area of 249 square km is nestled on the east banks of river Ganga. The sanctuary was established in 1977 and was combined with the sanctuary of Motichur and Rajaji in the year 1983 to create Rajaji National Park. One can have a magnificent view of the mighty Ganges as well as the Himalayas to the north.
Wildlife at Chilla
Chilla is located at a favourable distance of 10 km from Haridwar and showcases varied wildlife such as elephants, tigers, bears, small cats and playful birds. The visitors can easily spot deers, wild boar, sambhar, the gray langur, red rhesus macaque, the barking deer, peacock, quails, hornbills, hawks, falcons, and vultures in this sanctuary.
Things to do
The travellers can enjoy the adventurous jeep safaris which is 2 and ½ hour circuit exhibiting the wilderness and the beautiful landscape. The jeep safari passes through the Mundal, Mithwali, and Khara. One can also enjoy the thrilling elephant rides which are only possible in the morning and evening.
The Chilla Forest Rest House offers a pleasurable stay amidst the natural surroundings. The rest house is situated in the main tourism zone on NH 58, just after the long bridge on the Ganga from Chandi Gate.
Best Time to Visit Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary can be visited between November and June. The tourists can have exhilarating wildlife safaris along with the exciting elephant rides.
How to Reach
Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary located in the vicinity of Haridwar is just 20 km away from Rishikesh. Located in the middle of Rishikesh and Haridwar the Chilla Forest Range is nestled near the Ganga Bhogpur village. The nearest railhead is at Rishikesh and Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Chilla.