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Benog Hill/Jwala ji temple

The BenogBird Sanctuary covers the oak and deodar rich forest of the western ridge of Mussoorie and happens to be the area where the extinct mountain quail was last seen during the 1970s. The thick jungle inhabits a healthy population of birds along with leopards, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, pine martens, flying squirrel, rabbits, pheasants and wild rodents. The impressive Benoghilltop is a small isolated meadow guarded by Goddess Jwalaji temple where an annual fair is held during autumn. The hilltop provides magnificent view of the great Himalayas, the Mussoorietownship, and the Yamuna river valley towards north and the Doon Valley in the south. The healthy population of avifauna in the forest makes an ideal place for bird watching. The north face of the Benog hill inhabits nests of the endangered Himalayan griffin vulture which can be seen in good numbers flying or just sitting over trees and cliffs.