You have the wonderful opportunity to go to the Chandraprabha sanctuary if you have come to visit Varanasi. You have to move to the south eastern belt of Varanasi in order to see this wonderful wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to see the wonderful picnic spots and these include the scenic waterfalls and the dense forests. When you go to the Devdari and the Rajdhari waterfalls, it will be a splendid attraction. In the year 1958, there was the introduction of the Asiatic lions. There was an increase as well as the decrease of the lions since then. In the year 1969, there was an increase in the lions from 3 to 11 but later there was a decline. This provides you an amazing graph as far as the up and down of the lions in the sanctuary is concerned. You have the wonderful animal and bird life in Chandraprabha and among the animals; you have the chital, blackbucks, sambar, Nilghai, porcupine, wild boar, and the Indian Gazelle. You have the wonderful deciduous forest in the belt and it is a splendid experience to be in the park.
Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
is one of the lesser known reserved in the country, yet it possesses a rich flora & fauna. Located at a distance of 70 Kilometers Southeast of Varanasi, it sprawls over 78 sq. km of land in the Chandauli district.
One of the things about the reserves popularity is it serving as an ideal excursion or as a means of breaking the monotony which one get accustomed to while visiting the historical city of Varanasi. The Naugarh and Vijaigarh hillocks in the Vindhya forest range in Chandauli nestles the reserves.
Dense forests, sublime streams and naturally endowed beauty makes it a beautiful picnic spot. Two scenic waterfalls namely, Devdari and Rajdari on the river Chandraprabha have emerged as its star attractions.
Efforts were made to ensure a healthy population of Asiatic Lions during the past. Established in 1957, three lions were relocated from other sanctuaries to Chandra prabha and the initial results were encouraging as the number increased from 3 to 11 by 1969.
However, during the years that followed the lions were found missing and since then all revival plans have met with failure.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Varanasi is regarded from the months of October to February when the weather conditions are at their best.
Flora & Fauna
The flora comprises of dry deciduous forest, composed of gneiss and laminated stone. The wide variety of animals found within the reserve includes blackbucks, chital, sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, porcupine and Indian gazelle.
Chinkara and Panther are now the star attraction in the reserve. The reptile species includes gharial, python etc. The bird species includes over 150 varieties of both resident and migratory birds.
How to Reach (Chandraprabha)
Located a few hours’ drive away from Varanasi, Chandraprabha is easily reachable via road. The drive by a hired taxi takes approximately 2 hrs. Varanasi railway junction is the nearest one, well connected to most cities and states in India.