Established in 1976 by Sanjay Gandhi, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across an area of 195 square kilometre in the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The sanctuary lies in the catchment area of Subarnarekha River offering a great habitat for wildlife to exist. Exploring the pristine ecosystem surrounded with dense forests, rare wildlife, and lush hills can make for a relaxing vacation.
If you’re forever enamoured by the idea of giant elephants amidst dense forests, then this is the place for you. You could easily run amok them and have a great time capturing them on camera; Dalma gives you the scope of being free around wildlife. There’s a lot of other rare species like the big-eared pachyderms, leopard, barking deer, deer, sloth bear, and giant squirrel that you will find here.
One could also go for these nature trails where you explore the wilderness on foot. Unlike most sanctuaries where you are provided with a safari; at Dalma, you can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the region just by walking around. It’s quite safe because you’re constantly under the supervision of a forest guide. These trails are operational only in the mornings, therefore try not to miss them.
There’s also an ancient Lord Shiva Temple inside the sanctuary which holds great importance among the locals. People from all walks of life visit the temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Mahashivratri. After the shrine, you can also visit the Dalma Mai Shrine after whom this sanctuary has been named.
If you’re a hardcore wildlife enthusiast and want information related to all the flora and fauna of the region, head to the Museum- cum-Interpretation Centre at Makula Kocha. It has been established to promote the biological and zoological research of the vegetation and species of the sanctuary.
Try and stay at the bamboo huts in Makula Kocha. It’ll be an experience to be in the lap of nature, surrounded by an abundance of flora. There are single bamboo huts as well as plush cottages that you could choose from.
The best time to visit is between October and March because the temperature (26 degree celsius) is just right to explore the sanctuary during the day. At night, the temperature drops to 11 degree celsius; nice and chilly to huddle around with a hot drink in hand.