Where: Located on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, just 50 km from Delhi.
Established in 1972, Sultanpur was upgraded to a National Park in 1991 . This reserve for the winged creatures has both winter and summer migratory birds like Siberian cranes, demoiselle cranes, ruddy shel duck, rosy pelican, mallard, pochard, teals, black winged stlit, greenshank, yellow and white wagtail, wood and spotted sandpiper northern pintail, long billed pipit, parakeets and many more. Other wild life includes black buck, hog deer; stripped hyena; antelopes and money.
There is a tourist complex run by Haryana Tourism which has air-conditioned as well as general rooms. The facilities available there include bar, restaurant, and cottages for the guests. You can go to Sultanpur and choose to saty there for a weekend or plan a day trip.
Sultanpur Lake is the point around which the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary has been developed. The lake is a picnic spot for the residents of Delhi and boating facilities are also available here. The lake has a houses reptiles and migratory birds in plenty, during the winter season.
The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is home to a large range of birds, both resident and migratory. Migratory geese and Siberian cranes spend the winter in Sultanpur and there are also the demoiselle cranes, ruddy shelducks, pelicans, flamingoes, bar-headed geese, grey lags, gadwalls, mallards, pochards, shovellers and teals. Local species include plovers, red-wattled lapwings, herons, cormorants, white ibises, spoonbills and painted storks.Other wildlife in the park include blackbuck, nilgai, hog deer, sambar, wild dog or dhole, caracal, wild cat, hedgehog, mongoose, striped hyena, Indian porcupine, rattle/honey badger, leopard, wild pig, and four horned antelope.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary was one of the favourite haunts of the ornithologist Late Dr. Salim Ali. There are hide outs, watch towers and a museum of sorts for those keen on serious study of the birds.
It’s not just the nip in the air after sunset that is signalling the arrival of winter. Last year, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary wore a busy look once more with the arrival of 5,000 migratory birds of various types. This number is expected to increase considerably by the end of the season. The flow of migratory birds to the sanctuary had dwindled drastically in the last few years as the lake had dried up.
The winter months from November-March offers an excellent opportunity for the school groups, corporate houses, family groups and individuals to visit this renowned bird sanctuary and enjoy the week end in the natural environs. The shallow lake and scrubby woodland is an ideal location for holiday seekers.
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