We love to dream and plan, but can we actually accomplish them? Time & Money! So, instead of dreaming to land on the moon, let’s explore the little neighborhood this winter. Say goodbye to the mirage; well if you can make your dreams come true, nothing like it! Bringing to my blog followers is Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary:
In the last few years, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary has suddenly picked up as a weekend destination. This popular destination is located only 50 km away from Delhi—located in the neighborhood of Gurgaon. An ideal destination for birdies of all ages, this sanctuary is inhabited by nearly 250 species of Birds: Some of them are resident, while others come from regions such as Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is early in the morning – as any birdies would know. In the recent years, the government of Haryana has carried out some major construction works; including planting trees, which are popular with the birds such as; Acacia Nilotica, Acacia, Tortilis, Beris and Neem. Inside the sanctuary, there are four watch towers and within the fences are parking areas, toilets and drinking area for visitors.
Each year, more than 100 migratory bird species arrive at Sultanpur in search of feeding grounds. Some of the migratory birds are Siberian Cranes, Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Black winged Stilt, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Rosy Pelican, Gadwall, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian Wigeon, Black tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Bluethroat and Long billed Pipit.
Resident birds at the sanctuary include; Common Hoopoe, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Spot billed Duck, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Black headed Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, India Crested Lark, Red vented Bulbul, Rose ringed Parakeet, Red wattled Lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian collared Dove, Red collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Owlet, Rock Pigeon, Magpie Robin, Greater Coucal, Weaver Bird, Bank Mynah, Common Mynah and Green Bee Eater.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary also receives around 11 migratory birds during the summer months, such as Asian Koel, Black crowned Night Heron, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Comb duck, Blue cheeked Bee Eater, Blue-tailed Bee-Eater and Cuckoos come here.
History: Sultanpur is named after Rajput Chauhan Sultan Singh, descendant of Harsh Dev Chauhan; one of 21 sons of Raja Sangat Singh Chauhan), who founded Garhi Harsaru and established Dhundhoti. The area was declared a Bird sanctuary in 1972, and 17 years later in 1989, it was turned into a National Park.
Climate: Winter months are the best time to visit this Bird Sanctuary—when a large number of migratory birds arrive. Summers are harsh, reaching up to 46’C, and during winters reaching as low as 0’C. Monsoon starts in July and ends in August.
Distance: Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is about 50 Km from Delhi & approximately 18 km from Gurgaon.
Ticket Timings & Duration: The entry tickets; Rs. 25 (Indians) & Rs. 100 (Foreigners) – the sanctuary is open from six in the morning till 6 in the evening. One can stay upto 4 hours; it takes 1.5 hours to take a full round of the sanctuary on foot.
Fooding & Lodging: There is a guesthouse by the name ‘Rosy Pelican’ if you want to spend the night – it has 14 rooms and prices are very reasonable.
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