Delhi - Jaipur highway ( 46 km from Delhi)
by: Dr. Salim Ali
September to March is the best time to visit.
Located at a distance of 46 kms from Delhi, Sultanpur Bird
Sanctuary is a haven to a variety of domestic
and migratory birds. Artificial mound, have turned into a green
glade. The marsh has been converted into a water body. And with
the years, hundreds of species of migratory birds have winged
in to stay. Winter brings in birds from as far as Siberia. Flock
of geese from Europe wing in too. The local birds flap in. The
bird population include darters, egrets shovellers, gadwell and
geese dominate. Teals, kingfishers, lapwings, sandpipers demoiselle
cranes and such like water birds nestle in. Over 100 species have
been identified here.
Bird Sanctuarywas a haunt of our very own birdman Late
Dr. Salim Ali: And, innumerable bird watchers who come in to observe
bird antics. There are hide outs, watch towers and a museum of
sorts for those keen on serious study. Guestrooms and catering
wing, await the patrons.
Climate(Sultanpur Bird Sanctuar)
The climate of this region is tropical with very hot
summers and chilly winters. Monsoon approaches this place in the
month of July and continues till mid-September. The best season
to visit this park is winter as the chances of seeing the exclusive
wildlife of this park is more in these months.
The Sultanpur National Park is located in the
Indian state of Haryana at a distance of 45 km from Delhi, the
national capital. The park extends from latitude 28°37' in
the North to longitude 77°04' in the east. It is well connected
by roads with Delhi and Gurgaon, the district headquarters.
Flora: The vegetation of this park is tropical and dry
deciduous and the flora include grasses, dhok, khair, tendu, ber,
jamun, acacia, and banyan tree.
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.
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 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 good number of reptiles and it attracts a
lot of migratory birds during winters.
Places Nearby(Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary)
Delhi, at a distance of around 45 km from Sultanpur,
is the capital of India and the seat of power since ancient times.
Major tourist attractions here are the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk,
Rashtrapati Bhawan, Qutub Minar, Bahai Temple, Rajghat, India
Gate, and Jantar Mantar apart from numerous others. There are
also many museums, libraries, art galleries, theaters, and educational
institutions that can be visited.
There(Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary)
By Air: Airport - Indira Gandhi International
Airport, Delhi (35 km) Palam Domestic Airport, Delhi (35 km) The
nearest airport from Sultanpur is the Indira Gandhi International
Airport and Palam Domestic Airport in Delhi at a distance of just
35 km. Indira Gandhi airport is connected with most of the important
international destinations by regular flights of the major airlines.
Palam Domestic Airport is connected to almost all the major cities
in India by regular flights of the Indian Airlines, Jet Airways,
and Sahara Airlines apart from the other small domestic airlines.
Rail : Railway Station - Gurgaon Railway Station (15
km) Gurgaon is the nearest railway station connected to Delhi
and many places in Haryana and Rajasthan by regular trains. New
Delhi, Nizamuddin, and Old Delhi railway stations are important
railway links from where one can get trains to almost all parts
of the country.
Road: We(tourmyindia.com) can provide you all
tourist permit car/coach, for the city and intercity drives and
can look after all your travel related services.
There(Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary):
Inside the park, the Haryana Tourism Development Corporation
runs a tourist lodge that has air-conditioned as well as general
rooms. The facilities there include a bar, restaurant, and cottages
for the guests. One can also stay in any of the large number of
hotels at Delhi or Gurgaon and go to Sultanpur for a weakened
or day trip.
For money exchange and other banking facilities Delhi and Gurgaon
are the best places. There are branches of almost all the nationalized
as well as foreign and private banks that accept travelers' cheques
and exchange foreign currency.