Wildlife in AboharAbohar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous wild life sanctuaries in Punjab and is situated 15 km from the city of Abohar. It was initially established in the year 1975. However, it was only in 2000 when it was legally established under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. Unlike other Sanctuaries, which are publicly owned or owned by the government, Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary is owned privately by the Bishnoi community. The community members have joined hands to protect and preserve the beautiful sanctuary.
This place is home to several rare animals. Black Buck, which is the state animal of Punjab and which they consider pious, is one of them. With good care, the number of Black Bucks in the sanctuary has gone up to 4,728. They have also been successful in preserving Blue Bull, also known as ‘Neelgai’. According to a recent survey, the number of Blue Bulls has gone up to 6011.
The Sanctuary is spread over about 13 villages where the Bishnoi community lives and is a must-visit for all those who want to enjoy spending time amidst natural surroundings and spotting rare animals every now and then.
Best Time to visit Abohar Wildlife SanctuaryThe best time to visit the sanctuary is during the winter season - from October to March. During this time, the weather is pleasant and visitors can enjoy their outing. Summer and monsoons are not ideal to visit the sanctuary as the temperature is very high during summers and during monsoons, the region receives heavy rainfall.
Flora and Fauna in Abohar Wildlife SanctuaryThe place is a tropical dry mixed deciduous forest. Several varieties of flora and fauna are found here.
The fauna in the sanctuary includes some rare animals like Black Buck, Wild Boar, and Blue Bull. One can also find Porcupines, Hares, and Jackals in the sanctuary. The habitat, which is mostly sandy, is ideal for Black Bucks.
The dominant flora here is Acacia nilotica, Azadirachata indica, Albizia lebbeck, A. tortilis, Dalbergia sissoo, Prosopis cineraria, Melia azedarach and P juliflora.
Accommodations near Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary
Since the sanctuary is just 15 km from Abohar city, visitors can stay in Abohar, which has a lot of hotels and restaurants catering to all budget groups.
How to reach Abohar Wildlife SanctuaryAbohar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 15 kms from the city and near to Shergarh and Patti Sadiq. The Sanctuary is well connected to all parts of Punjab by road. One can take taxis, autos or buses from Abohar to reach the spot.
The nearest railway stations are Sri Ganganagar about 50 km, and Bathinda Railway Stations about 77 km from the city Abohar. Abohar does not have an airport. The nearest airports to the city are Amritsar Airport and Sahnewal Airport of Ludhiana located at a distance of 235 km and 226 km respectively.
Visitors who visit Abohar must take out a day for going around the Sanctuary as it is treat too see how the Bishnoi community have joined hands to maintain the huge sanctuary.For more information on the Sanctuary one can contact the below mentioned persons:Shri Sant Kumar Bishnoi, President,
Shri. Hanuman Parshad Bishnoi, Secretary,
All India Jeev Rakhsha Bishnoi Sabha,
Street No. 13, Dist Abohar, Ferozpur-152116, Punjab.
Bishnoi Jeev Rakshan Sabha