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Hazaribagh National Park, located 19 km (12 mi) from Hazaribagh, Jharkhand, India and about 135 km (84 mi) from Ranchi is also a sanctuary adorned with scenic beauties. The park has also the same features as that of Betla National Park to some extent. The park has tigers, panthers, sambhars, spotted deer, bisons and a number of mammalian faunas. There are some towers which the tourists use to behold the beasts. A canteen is also there to cater. The park is approachable by all weather metalled road. The Cheetal, Kakar, Nilgai, Sambar and Wild Boar are among the most easily and often spotted animals particularly near the waterholes at the time of the dusk. The population of the tigers is very less. According to 1991 Census, there were 14 tigers in the park. The tigers are often considered extremely difficult to sight.
A 111-kilometre (69 mi) long stretch of the road in the sanctuary takes the tourists to the remotest corners and masonry towers of the park. The road, strategically laid down, offers excellent opportunities for the view of the wild animals. The tribal population also lives around the sanctuary. The ark has many watchtowers that act as the perfect hideouts to see the wildlife in its natural surroundings. Hazaribagh town is connected by road to Ranchi 91 km (57 mi), [Dhanbad] 128 km (80 mi), Gaya 130 km (81 mi), Patna 235 km (146 mi), Daltongunj 198 km (123 mi), and Calcutta (via Asansol-Govindapur-Barhi) 434 km (270 mi). Regular bus services connect the town with Koderma, Hazaribagh Road railway station, Patna, Gaya, Ranchi, Dhanbad, Daltongunj and other nearby places.
Unmetered Taxis, Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws and Taxis are available for the park from the Hazaribagh town. The approximate charge for a taxi is Rs. 160 for a two-way journey. Sighting of wild boar, sambar, nilgai, cheetal, and kakar is assured especially near the waterholes at dusk. Tigers being less in number-14 according to the 1991 census-are difficult to sight. The sanctuary stretches over 186 square km of undulating country and steep hills with dense tropical forests and grass meadows.
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