5 Delightful Destinations in India For Bird Watching
Our country India has been beautified with a great range of flora and fauna of all kinds. This is no more evident than the massive range and variety of birds present here. Out of all worldwide bird species India is home to about 30% of the total species present in the world. Some of these species are secured in sanctuaries to protect them from extinction, and these sanctuaries have played an important role in saving a great section of bird species and have become one of the favourite spots of people for bird watching. Bird watching is as popular as ever in the country, and here is a list of few places that are renowned for spotting some of these wonderful birds.
- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
This is the first national park in the country and is rightfully proud of having around 500 species of birds. This wonderful bird paradise is about 8 hours of drive via Delhi and can be said to be the Holy Grail for Bird Watchers in India. This place enchants with the sound of bird’s chirping all through the day and calms and soothes your mind. This paradise boasts of having magpie, robins, plum headed parakeets, bulbuls, flycatchers and chestnut headed Bee eaters. So, grab your bag of binoculars and sunglasses and head out to Jim Corbett national park to see few wonderful flying angels and hear the blissful chirping of birds.
- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
This place is also known as the Keoladeo Ghana National park. This bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is a heaven for bird spotters. Having more than 300 bird species within it’s boundaries this place on the Agra Jaipur Highway brings to you several of the most highly-admired birds in the country. You can either trek round the sanctuary or have well-trained rickshaw guides who will give you every detail you need to have of this place. You get to see the wonderful peacocks, numerous species of geese, ducks, eagles and pelicans.
- Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, Odisha
The sanctuary is located in Odisha close to Puri city and happens to mark itself as the sanctuary with the largest inland sea water lagoon in Asia. This 1100 sq kilometre lagoon is shaped like a pear and happens to be the biggest attractor of immigrating birds during the cooler half of the year. It also happens to be the Flamingos favourite choice of breeding ground. Here you will get to see the beautiful purple moorhen, Graylag Geese, Flamingo jacana, blackbucks and herons. This place also contains a bird island where you can cherish seeing the most beautiful birds this place has to offer.
- Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana
Being just an hour away from the capital this Bird Sanctuary located in Haryana is one of the highest visited Bird parks in the Nation and has some of the most eye-catching birds in the world. The Northern Pintail, Greater Flamingo, Common Teal, Siberian Cranes and Eagles are some of these great delights. The park holds close to 250 species of birds and also sees large numbers of immigrating birds during winters. Visiting this place during the end of the year is the best time for spotting.
- Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
This bird park is in Ahmedabad and is listed among the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in our country. This Sanctuary is renowned for the great Indian Owls, Spoonbills and small Grebes. As Per latest study records this sanctuary has about 225 species of birds. The perfect window to visit this place is during the months from November to February.
These are just a few of the many places where you are sure to find many wonderful creatures and admire the works of mother nature. Also, make sure to respect the serenity of these places and follow the rules laid down by the authorities to ensure your bird watching trip is both peaceful, mesmerising and memorable.
Rohit is a traveller from Trans India Travels, and is himself very passionate about bird watching. He has himself experienced the wonderful beauty of these places and has brought to you a first-hand experience of how wonderful bird watching in these beautiful sanctuaries can be.