Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sona Nadi Wildlife Sanctuary or simply Sonandai, is a vital wildlife reserve between the two well-known national parks of Corbett and Rajaji in the Uttarakhand region of India. It spans a territory of 301 square kilometres. It has gained popularity as a tourist destination because of its diverse flora and fauna, which thrives particularly well to the north of the Sonanadi River. The Asiatic Elephant, as well as the tiger, cheetah, sambhar, leopard, and reptiles, love to hang out in this area. At Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, visitors can see more than 150 different species of birds in their natural habitat.

The reserve is also the only protected area where walking is permitted. As a result, it is teeming with several non-venomous snake species, and visiting here is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Sonanadi, a gorgeous Nainital area reserve, benefits from the splendour of the Plain and Mandal rivers. The Vatanvasa gate provides entry to the Halduparao Forest Rest House, a functioning facility within the Sonanadi Reserve. thick sal and bamboo covering

A fantastic location for those seeking the embrace of nature and nirvana, complete with the sound of birds chirping and a sense of peaceful coexistence with the wildlife. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, established on January 9th, 1987, is fundamentally connected to “Project Tiger,” which started in 1973. Together, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Jim Corbett National Park are home to the world’s second-largest panther and tiger population.

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The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary’s fauna

Rare creatures, including Asiatic Elephants, Tigers, Barking Deer, Sambhar, Cheetal, Wild Bear, and many Reptiles, use the sanctuary’s marshes as their abode. The refuge is also home to around 600 birds, both migratory and resident, and has a thriving avian life. The migrating birds travel to this sanctuary in search of a warm winter residence when their primary adobe becomes colder during the season.

Some bird species present at the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary include falcons, warblers, hornbills, Himalayan bearded vultures, pheasants, wall creepers, thrushes, changeable hawk eagles, emerald doves, flycatchers, and brown fish owls.

Some of the rarest medical plants in the nation can be found in the sanctuary’s flora, along with a few shrub species listed as endangered.

At the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, the famous Jeep Safari

There is a facility for tourist jeep safaris so they can enjoy the diversity and beauty this location has to offer. As exciting as it is, it gives you a glimpse into the native habitat of the local animals and birds. Of course, one of the most well-known hobbies here is looking for tigers, but safety comes first.

The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary also offers elephant safaris. At the sanctuary’s Ramnagar office, tickets for these safaris can be reserved in advance. The Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is available to visitors from June 15th to October 15th and is closed during the monsoon season.

Visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary at these times:

The sanctuary has varied hours throughout the summer and the winter.

Summer morning safari hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.
Safari in the evening: 2:00 to 5:30

6:00 am to 9:30 am for the Winters Morning Safari
Evening Safari: from three to six o’clock

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Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary timetable

Optimal Period to Visit Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Since the majestic Asiatic Elephant migrates to this area between November and February to enjoy the monsoon, these are the most OK months to visit the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary lodging

You can reserve one of the rest houses at Rathuadhab, Lohachaur, or Halduparao to have a comfortable and nostalgic stay at the sanctuary. Additionally, we have a carefully curated list of businesses that handle traveller accommodations and logistics so they may have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

Things to do around Jim Corbett National Park and Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most famous traveller attractions in the neighbourhood is the Corbett Museum. When renowned hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett visited, it served as the home of his collections. At the Dhangadi Gate is the Corbett Museum.

Another popular spot is Corbett Falls, located 28 miles from Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

The local goddess in the area is known as Garjiya Devi, and her temple is magnificent. Only 15 kilometres away, the Garjiya Devi temple is a must-see. It is located at an elevation connected by steep stairs near the banks of the river Kosi.

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the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary’s location

Because of its size, the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary may be reached from many points within the Jim Corbett National Park, including Kalagarh, Vatanvasa Gate, Durgadevi Gate, and Kotdwar.

Jim Corbett National Park is easily accessible thanks to its excellent connectivity to other motorable roads and major highways.

By Air:

The closest airport, located about 80 kilometres from Jim Corbett National Park, is Pantnagar Airport. Numerous taxis run between the airport and the national park. For additional connection, there are multiple daily flights from Delhi to Pantnagar.

By Rail:

The Jim Corbett National Park is 5 kilometres from the nearest train station, Ramnagar, if you’re taking the train. Major cities in India and Uttarakhand are easily accessible by motorable roads from Ramnagar Railway Station. Many trains from across the nation travel via Ramnagar, which serves as one of the sites when trains exit towards Nainital. You can travel from the Railway Station to the Jim Corbett National Park by using a private cab or auto-rickshaw.

By Road:

Both domestic and international tourists frequent the Jim Corbett National Park. Motorable highways well connect major Indian cities and the national park. From significant towns, numerous cabs go to Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park. A lot of luxurious buses also travel between Delhi and Ramnagar. These buses are available for hiring at ISBT Anand Vihar in New Delhi.

You can reserve a Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary trip from the best companies and explore all the park’s most well-known tourist attractions without any fuss.

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forest rest houses inside the park

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BUDDHA TEMPLE DEHRADUN – Buddha teaches that we live in a fog of delusions created by our mistaken perceptions. Our impurities like hate, greed, and ignorance stray us away from the path of truth. A buddha is the one who is freed from this fog. It is believed that when a buddha dies he is not reborn but rather passes into the state of Nirvana. Nirvana is not a “heaven” but a transformed state of our existence.

Buddha took birth in a royal house in Lumbini, Nepal, around 567 BCE.  They named him Siddharth Gautam.  During his well-protected years in the kingdom, he came across a sick person, an old man, a corpse, and a saint. All this affected him deeply and he embarked on a journey to find out solutions to his questions.

Eventually, after experiencing all sorts of extreme penance practices, Buddha realized enlightenment. He preached that path to peace is from the middle of all extremities. The true nature of reality is experienced when we remain balanced with our emotions.  Buddha claimed to be an ordinary person and rejected all the myths about god and the soul. He attributed his enlightenment to human endeavor. According to him, all humans have the potential to achieve that state where one becomes a Buddha.

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Buddha Temple Dehradun

The temple nestles in the foothills of the gigantic Himalayas.  It is regarded as one of the largest Buddhist centers in the subcontinent. Built in 1965 by his excellency Kochen Rinpoche and a few other monks.  It is a close replica of the original temple monastery situated in Tibet. The temple is famous for its extravagant structure. This temple was built with the objective to protect the cultural and religious heritage of Buddhism. Known by various names such as Buddha temple, Buddha garden, or Mindrolling monastery, this structure has become one of the most visited places in the city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It is located in Clement Town and witnesses tourists from all across the globe. Additionally, the followers of Buddhism are drawn to this monastery throughout the year.


The Architecture – Buddha Temple Dehradun

The temple is popular for its splendid architecture and pleasing interiors. It is built in the Japanese architectural style. The deep-colored murals on the walls depict the compassionate life of Buddha. Stories from his birth till his nirvana are beautifully crafted on the walls here. The Great Stupa here draws most of the attention of the visitors. This Stupa was inaugurated in 2002. The artwork of the Stupa represents the zenith of Buddhist art. It is as high as 220 feet and as wide as 100 sq. feet.

One can feel the energy and aura of the Buddhist culture here.  It is believed that 50 odd artists made the extraordinary design of the temple. This took them about 3 years to complete the structure. The five floors in the temple enshrine the idols of Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. The first three floors have intricate golden-colored wall paintings. The fourth floor showcases an open platform where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the Doon valley.

It was built with the motive to maintain and promote Tibetan culture in India. The temple has its guest houses, a community prayer hall, its own healthcare clinic set up, and a primary and secondary Buddhist school. The idea was to create four Buddha temple schools to share the teachings of the Tibetan religion in a more organized manner. Four temple complexes namely Nyigima (Dehradun Budhha temple), Sakya, Kagya, and Geluk were built.

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THINGS TO DO – Buddha Temple Dehradun

    • This temple is a place to unwind in peace and serenity. One can pay his respects to the 130 feet tall statue of the Buddha. The statue is installed at the temple complex. It is built in the honor of the Dalai Lama.
    • To enjoy the bird’s eye view of the city, this is the apt place.
    • Quite a few small cafes and shops are adjacent to the temple complex. One can devour some delicious Tibetan cuisine.
    • Another attraction is the fancy clothes stores situated here.
    • The avid reader in you can handpick a few spiritual and other Tibetan culture books that are available at the bookstores here.
    • The scenic beauty of the temple and the areas around our favorite spots that every photographer keeps looking for.
    • The Vloggers – travelers can easily find worthy content worth shooting here.

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REMEMBER WHILE VISITING – Buddha Temple Dehradun

  • The admirers of art and culture are advised to visit the temple on Sundays. Normally the garden area and rest of the premises remain open on all days. The interior of the temple is only open on Sundays, please remember.
  • Remember to remove your shoes at the entrance of the temple. The shoe check facility can be availed at nominal rates.
  • Visiting a holy place requires the maintenance of peace. The Lamas and Buddhist disciples look forward to privacy for their prayers and meditation.
  • The sparingly placed dustbins are meant to be used carefully. Please keep the premises trash free.


LOCATION – Buddha Temple Dehradun

Buddha Temple is in Mohabewala, Clement Town in Dehradun, and Uttarakhand.  It is situated at a distance of 5 km from ISBT Dehradun. This makes it quite feasible to visit.


HOW TO REACH – Buddha Temple Dehradun

The temple is highly feasible to reach –

  • Bus service to Clement Town is available from Rajpur and Parade Ground
  • There is also an option to take Vikram no. 5 from Survey Chowk
  • Railway connectivity – Dehradun railway station at a distance of 10 km
  • Air Connectivity – Jolly Grant airport is at a distance of 36 km

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OVERVIEW – Buddha Temple Dehradun

Location Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Timings 8 AM to 7 PM
Highlights Stupa, School, Prayer Hall
Distance from ISBT Dehradun 5 km / 20 Mins

 VISITING HOURS – Buddha Temple Dehradun

Season Morning Timings After Noon Timings Evening Timings
Summer 8:00 am – 12:00 noon 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
(Lunch Break, the area is open but the Shrine Rooms remain closed)
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Winter 8:00 am – 12:00 noon 12:00 Noon – 2:30 pm
(Lunch Break, the area is open but the Shrine Rooms remain closed)
2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Anu is an independent writer, with a curious mind and a content soul. She believes that everything is just a colourful and colourless motif on the ever-expanding fabric of the universe. She hopes that one day magic will blossom and the whole of humanity will bow in sync to acknowledge life. And there will be a rainbow in our eyes as we sit barefoot to see life as it is. May we have peace.

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