Nahan: Located on the key location in Himachal, the Simbelwara wildlife sanctuary (Paonta Sahib) is yet to become the paradise for the tourists. The whereabouts of converting sanctuary into tiger reserve is also not known. No efforts were made to explore the potential of the sanctuary in the Tourism point of view notified in 1984.
Although Himachal has number of wild life sanctuaries but the Simbelwara wildlife sanctuary has some distinct features for example the sanctuary is close to the capital. Spread in 19.22 kilometer Simbelwara sanctuary is adjoining to Kelasar wildlife sanctuary in Haryana. Experts say Simbelwara wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place for the research work. The wild animals often migrate from the Kleasar wildlife sanctuary of Haryana to Himachal during the summer. The wild life department has constructed well furnished rest house in the dense forest decade ago, which was renovated in 2006-07 with the hope that the inflow of visitors at solitude place would increase but at present the wildlife department is facing difficulty to sustain this rest house, the private players could explore the potential of the sanctuary well as compare to government machinery says Rajesh Parmar of Nahan.
Sources say this is a wonderful place for the tourist but it needs publicity. This is the only sanctuary in the hilly state
Himachal where the elephant heard migrating from the Raja ji national mark. Even the pug marks of the Tiger have been spotted in the Kalu reserve forest of the sanctuary in 2006-07. Sources also said that there was a proposal of including 850 hectare area of the Majara range which is yet to be materialized. Sources told NVO News that the case of converting this sanctuary in to a Tiger reserve is pending as population of 14 panchaytas are affecting due to the proposal. A recent track in the sanctuary reveled that the population of the wild animals are increasing with a slow pace due to villages around otherwise number could be increased rapidly.
Former member of wild life board and wild animal enthusiast Kanwar Ajay Bhadur Singh said that it would be difficult to attract the tourist unless the sighting of the wild animals could be ensured. He admitted that in this direction the exercise was not done. He advised to construct the bunkers in side the sanctuary area for sighting the wild animals by the tourists in a natural manner
However latest census of the wild life sanctuary was not conducted so far, but according to the available record the presence of pangolin in the wild life sanctuary was recorded in 2006-07 which could be 6 or 7 in the number at present. According to the further information the number of spotted deer could be 30 to 35 in the wild life sanctuary. Similarly the number of Gorhal could be 45-50 with 35-40 SAMBAHAR in the wild life sanctuary. Interestingly, two pantheons (12 foot long) are also being sighted by the wild life department of the state. Expert of the wildlife sanctuary says even the tourist could sight the wild animals in the sanctuary easily with a life time experience. Though the wild life department was developing the sanctuary but in the absence of the adequate budget the pace of the development remains very slow. When contacted, DFO (wild life) Nageash Gularia said that the department was developing the sanctuary in a planned manner. On the other hand Range officer Shobah Ram Sharma admitted that the sanctuary is a ideal place for researcher and tourists and added that department was providing every facility to visitors in the sanctuary.