Dalma wildlife sanctuary
Dalma wildlife sanctuary is about 100 km. from the capital city Ranchi, and 15km. from the steel city Jamshedpur. This sanctuary attracts varied strata of people right from the city dwellers, students to nature lovers. The wildlife sanctuary runs parallel to the NH-33 with majestic hills as high as 900 ft. from mean sea level. Dalma Sanctuary is spread over 193 sqkm. of forests of East Singhbhum and Saraikela-kharsawan districts of the state of jharkhand. The forests of Dalma, as classified by Champion and Seth come under the category Dry peninsular Sal (5B/C1) and Northern dry mixed deciduous forest (5B/C2). Most part of Dalma forests shed leaves in the summer and attains its full bloom at the onset of monsoon.
Dalma is otherwise known as paradise for elephant. The flagship species elephant count goes to 100 in number in the peak of summer where the waterholes deep inside the sanctuary quench their thirst. Recently brought four elephants are also one of the attraction points for the tourists. In past there use to be good number of deers in the sanctuary. With the decline in number of deers an enclosure was established with an object to breed in captivity and then release the excess deers into wild to regain the past glory. The deer enclosures at Makulakocha have spotted deers and sambhars. The enclosure is located in such a site that the spotted deers and sambhars sustain with the feelingof natural habitat.
Beside elephants there are Indian giant squirrel, sloth bear, barking deer, wild boar, porcupine, mouse deer, pangolin and mongooses in the sanctuary. Commonly seen birds in the sanctuary are the falcons, golden oriole, Indian tree pie, paradise fly catchers, grey hornbills, Indian peafowl, different varieties of king fishers, herons, egrets, mynas, pigeons, racket tailed drongo, magpie robins etc.
The sanctuary has a Museum cum Natural Interpretation Centre at Makulakocha. Dalma can boosts of having well maintained forest rest houses to provide a pleasant & comfortable stay for the tourists. The forest rest house at Pindrabera is located at such a place that from its roof and terraces one can have a bird’s eye view ofat distant points including steel city of Jamshedpur. There are rest houses and Bamboo hut at Makulakocha as well.
Eco-tourism and education & research Facilities
The Forest Department is taking steps to encourage sustainable tourism through eco-tourism activities. This is designed to protect the environment by building 4 Eco huts for the nature lovers to stay. It has also established two education and research units at Makulakocha which will promote botanical and zoological research of the vegetation and zoological species. These initiatives will ultimately promote the conservation of wild life habitat of Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary”.
• Places of tourism interest
• Hanuman Temple
• Siva Temple
• Pindrabera FRH
• Bamboo hut
• Natural Interpretation Centre
• Deer Enclosure
• Elephant rescue centre
• Adult : Rs 2.00 per person
• child : Nil
• Two wheeler : Rs 20.00
• Three wheeler: Rs 40.00
• Four wheeler : Rs 60.00
• Mini bus : Rs 100.00
• Photography : Rs 50.00 per camera per day
• Videography : Rs 300.00 per camera per day
FRH Pindrabera (3 rooms) Rs 300 per room/day
Bamboo hut Makulakocha (2 rooms) Rs 500 per room / day
FRH Makulakocha (4 rooms) : Rs 300 per room/day
Best time to visit
The sanctuary is beautiful with lush green vegetation throughout the year except summer. But in summer period is best for sighting elephants. Throughout the year the sanctuary offers varied experience.
• No entry after sunset and before sun rise.
• Night driving prohibited in the sanctuary.
• Do not bring pets, transistors, tape recorder, streos etc with you.
• No arms and ammunition
• Do not litter
• Do not light fires in the forest
• Do not drive rashly or blow the vehicle horn
• Do not shout, tease or chase animals.
• Hunting and fishing strictly prohibited
• Do not use camera flash while taking photos of wild animals
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