Benog Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for bird watching, as it serves as a natural habitat for rare species of birds including mountain quails and red-billed blue magpie, as well as wildlife like the Himalayan goat, the Himalayan bear, panthers, deer, and leopards.
The area also has an abundance of pine and fir trees, and some medicinal plants.
The wildlife sanctuary is a part of famous Rajaji National Park and is regarded as one of the top tourist destinations in Mussoorie. Although you can reach the sanctuary by hiring buses and taxis that are available from Dehradun and Mussoorie, but the best way to explore the region and the wilderness is by trekking to it.
The trekking trail starts from Cloud’s end and after a 3-4 km uphill trek you will reach Benog Wildlife Santuary. Trekking in such a close proximity to nature amidst oak and deodar forests, along Aglar River, (a tributary of Yamuna River which flows through the sanctuary) is an enthralling experience. You will spot a myriad of birds throughout the trek, which is the highlight of the excursion.
If time permits you can further trek up to Benog Tibba summit which offers a great view of surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayan mountain ranges and the Yamuna River. The view of the sunrise and sunset is stunning from here.