Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary

Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Chandauli District between Chakia and Naugarh at a distance of about 90 kilometres from Varanasi. Once a proud host to the Asiatic Lions this sanctuary is endowed with beautiful picnic spots, dense forest and scenic waterfalls such as the Raj Dari and Dev Dari as well as the Chandra Prabha Dam. Established in the year 1957 the sanctuary 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. The last of the Asiatic Lions were spotted here in 1970 but thereafter no new sightings have been reported. The growth of Naxalism has hampered tourism to a great extent and unlike the olden times not many visitors come down to enjoy the beauty of nature over here. According to reports animals such as Leopard, Black Buck, Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Porcupine, Indian Gazelle, Rabbit, Monkey, Chinkara, Chausingha, Hyena, Wild Cat, Jackal, Wild Fox have all been sighted here. Surrounded by the forest cover, the many stepped waterfalls have the potential to attract tourists and of late the forest department has made efforts to develop a picnic spot at Deo Dari which is about 500 metres downstream from the Raj Dari waterfall. A Nature Interpretation Centre, showing the names of different species, a library and resource centre, a small canteen and a guest house of the Forest Department have been established to make holidays here even more memorable.


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