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Chandigarh has 3245 hectares under forest and most of it is hilly. The forest areas are mostly around Sukhna Lake, Sukhna Choe and Patiala ki Rao. Near village Kansal on the outskirts of Chandigarh towards the hills is a reserve forest, entry to which is restricted. One has to obtain an entry pass to see it.
At a short distance from Kansal forest is located another reserve forest known as Nepli. Nepli is a bit wilder than Kansal. On two sides it is surrounded by small hills and the whole area is covered by thick forest which is full of wild life. There is a small rest house amidst green and flowery lawns. A walk in these forest areas can be very rewarding as one may come across large variety of wild animals - antelopes, nilgai, hyena, jackals and hares. The Deputy Conservator of Forest Chandigarh issues permits for entry to these forests.
The trek is 8Km long and runs over three hillocks and has a steep gradient. It originates at Nepli Forest Lodge and terminates at Kansal Forest Lodge. It is an educative trek which introduces a different kind of flora and fauna. Permission has to be sought from the Chief Wile Life Warden before commencing on the trek.
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