Nestled in the foothills of the Shiwalik ranges
of Himalaya, Kalesar National Park is
located in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana.
The national park is spread over a huge area of
about 11,570 acres.
About the park
The park was conferred a national park status in December 2003. The park derives its name from the Kaleshar (Lord Shiva) temple that is situated inside the park. It shares its boundary with three Indian states - Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The famous Yamuna River forms the Eastern boundary of the park.
The important faunas that are found here are Sambhars, Panthers, Goral, Red Jungle fowl, Chital, Porcupine, Barking Deer, Nilgai, Rhesus Macaque and Leopard. Occasionally tigers and Indian elephants visit the park from the nearby Rajaji National Park.
Major part of the park is covered with sal trees. In fact, the park is the only forest in the state of Haryana with natural belt of sal trees. The other trees of the region include Shisham, Khair, chhal, sain, amla, sindoor and jhingan. The park also has around 6100 species of medicinal plants and 61,000 species of herbs.
Several rest houses and hotels for tourists are available at Tajewala, Hathini Kund and Kalesar.
The closest railhead is at Yamunanagar which is 37 km away. The nearest airport is at Chandigarh (150 km). The tourists can hire taxis or local or HRTC operated buses to reach the Kalesar National Park. Kalesar is well connected by roadways. The National Highway NH73A passes through it. State highway connecting Ponta Sahib to Yamunanagar passes close to the park.
Address: NH 73A, Kalesar, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, 135106
Phone: 094 16 113656
Ideal time to visit: mid-October to March.