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Haryana

 
Jul 23, 2005 at 05:03 AM
 
To see directions please scroll down below the Hot Spots.
 
Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary
(Excellent birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland, woodland, grassland surrounded by cultivated land)
Area: 1014 acres
Contact Person : Wildlife Inspector, Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary, VPO Kanwah, Jhajjar (Haryana)
Distance from Delhi: 70-80 kms
Where to stay : there is a rest house with two suites
(Escape Channel, Drain Number Eight-tail with rows of trees and reed-beds are favourite breeding sites for many bird species)
 
Khaparhwas Lake Bird Sanctuary
(Good birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland but now dry with eucalyptus planttion)
Area: 200 acres
Only two kms from Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary
Escape channel with rows of trees and reed-beds have been breeding sites for many bird species, but now dry)
 
Sultanpur Lake National Park
(Very good birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland, woodland, grassland)
Area : 300 acres
Contact Person : Divisional Inspector of Wildlife, Sultanpur Lake National Park, VPO Sultanpur, Gurgaon (Haryana)
Distance from Delhi : 45 kms.
Accommodation available
 
Naharh Wildlife Sanctuary
(Good birding area)
(Habitat: Woodland with a man-made water-hole)
Area : 600 acres
Contact Person : Wildlife Inspector, Naharh Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Rest House, Naharh (Kosli-Rewari)
Distance from Delhi : 100-110 kms (30 kms ahead of Bhindawas)
Accommodation available
 
Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary
(Excellent birding area)
(Habitat: Dense forest, hills, seasonal water streams, water-holes)
Area:
Contact Person: DFO Yamunagar
Distance from Delhi:
Accommodation available
Dense Forest and Himalayan foothills
 
Morni Hills
(Excellent birding area)
(Habitat: Forest, hills and water-holes)
Proposed wildlife sanctuary
More or less like Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary
Contact Person :
Accommodation available
 
Saraswati Plantation Wildlife Sanctuary
(Good birding area)
(Habitat: Dense forest, water ponds, woodland, grassland surrounded by cultivated land and a nearby water-stream)
Area:
Contact Person : Wildlife Inspector, Saraswati Wildlife Sanctuary,
Accommodation available.
 
Bhor Saiyadan Crocodile Sanctuary
(Good birding area)
(Habitat : Wetland with trees)
Area:
Contact Person: Wildlife Guard, Bhor Saiyadan Crocodile Sanctuary, Bhor Saiyadan, Pehwa-Kurukshetra Road, Kurukshetra (Haryana)
Distance from Delhi
Bibipur lake is also located nearby.
 
Yamuna river and its sand banks
(Very good birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland and sandbanks surrounded with agricultural fields)
 
Western Yamuna Canal and its other branch-canals
(Excellent birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland, Tree-rows, bridges, irrigation bungalows, bushes, small and large flooded fields, long grasses, barren patches, grassland, mudflats, cultivation)
Throughout the state of Haryana, irrigation canals, major and minor both, irrigate the agriculture land. On both sides of these canals are marshy areas with trees which provide very good birding opportunities.

Suresh C Sharma has traveled along the Delhi Sub Branch from Badli village in Delhi upto the origin of Western Yamuna Canal, J.L.N. Feeder from its origin at Sardana water fall upto Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary on scooter, bicycle, car and on foot. There is no dearth of vast expanse of grassland on both sides with trees and bushes. At several places marshy and seepage water attract good number of birds for foraging, shelter and nesting.
 
Drain Number Eight
(Excellent birding area)
(Habitat: Wetland, tree-rows, bushes, barren land, reed-beds, tall grasses, grassland, banks with burrows, holes and bushes, woodland, bridges, overhanging branches on water stream)

Haryana has several drains, the best being Drain Number Eight, a birder's paradise. Though all such drains provide good birding opportunites, Drain Number Eight of Sonipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar districts is an excellent birding area.
 
Village Ponds :
(Good and Very good birding areas)
Almost all villages have their ponds varying from just 1 acres to 100 and more acres. All of them attract large concentration of water birds during winter. Bhambewa, Barhwasani, Juan and Rithal being just a few among them.
 
Badkhal Lake
(Good birding area)
Located in Faridabad district, the lake attracts water birds and nearby hills provide very good birding opportunities.
 
Surajkund and its lake
(Good birding area)
Near Badkhal Lake, this too is as good as Badkhal Lake.
 
Tiliyar Lake
(Good birding area)
In Rohtak district, its trees provide breeding colonies to water birds during monsoon.
 
The Arravallis hills
(Good birding area)
Spreading over large part of south-west Haryana, the rugged hills provide excellent opportunities for birding. In fact, Badkhal and Surajkund are located on these hills only. Even the Delhi ridges are its areas.
 
Directions for Hot Spots of Haryana
 
SULTANPUR
Comming on NH 8 from the Airport to Gurgoan. When you come to the main round-a-about, where the road going left goes to Alwar/Sohna, the road going straight goes to Jaipur and the right goes to Gurgoan City. Take the road to the Gurgoan City. Immediately after taking this road there is a fork - take the left road. Carry on straight till you see a Green Mosque on your right, take the left here. After 200 mts there is again a fork with a temple in the middle - take the right road until you come to the crossroads. Here again go straight and this road finally leads to Sultanpur.
 
BASAI
Comming on NH 8 from the Airport to Gurgoan. When you come to the main round-a-about, where the road going left goes to Alwar/Sohna, the road going straight goes to Jaipur and the right goes to Gurgoan City. Take the road to the Gurgoan City. Immediately after taking this road there is a fork - take the left road. Carry on straight till you see a Green Mosque on your right, take the left here. After 200 mts there is again a fork with a temple in the middle - take the right road until you come to the crossroads. Here again go straight and this road finally leads to Sultanpur. On this road 10kms before you reach Sultanpur you come to a railway crossing. Immediately on crossing the railway crossing there is a narrow concrete road going right. Take the right and half a kilometre down this road you come to a Temple - this is Basai.
 
CHARMWOOD VILLAGE
On the MB Road (Mehruali - Badarpur road), comming from the West ( from Qutab Minar/Batra Hospital ) - on your left you will come to the ruins of the Tughlakabad Fort and subsequently to the semi circular parking & ticket counter of the fort on your left. Right opposite the parking is a road going to the Shooting Ranges/Surajkund. 2 kms down this road on your right is the Asola Sanctuary. Drive past the Asola Sanctuary and then on your left you will pass the Hotel Hill View, 200 mts beyond you will come to a round about and in front you will see 3 tall buildings. we are meeting at the gate of these buildings. The building is called C1 - Mayfair Towers.
 
MOETS RETREAT:
Coming from New Friends Colony on the Mathura Road (Road to faridabad - Agra)  carry on past the Appollo Hospital. Carry on straight - go past the MB Road right turn and keep going straight towards the border. 2 kms after you have crossed the border on your left there would be a big Restaurant complex called Moets Retreat. We meet here.
 
BHINDAWAS
1. Mileage 0 Rosy Pelican, Sultanpur. Take Faruknagar road crossing railway
line.
2. Mileage 7 Faruknagar junction. Turn sharp right on Jjahjar road. Go under
old arch
3. Mileage 21.3 Turn left up small tarmac road by bus shelter
4 Mileage 23 Go through first village
5. Mileage 24.4 Go through second village
6. Mileage 25 Right angle bend
7. Mileage 26.5 Go through third village
8. Mileage 29.6 Reach main road opposite wind mill, turn sharp left
9. Mileage 30.5 At fourth village turn right off main road down side road by
sign saying Surethi and Kirraud
10.Mileage 32.8 Fifth village (Kildorth). Follow tarmac road.
11 Mileage 33.9 You have reached Kildorth scrub jungle; the Hume's
Short-toed Lark site
12 Reset to 0; Road bends right past water tower
13 Mileage 1.9 Sixth village; sharp right on new road (by-pass!)
14 Mileage 2.2 At fork turn left
15 Mileage 2.8 Turn right and cross feeder canal
16 Mileage 4.6 At main road turn sharp left by bus shelter, after a bit
recross feeder canal
17 Mileage 6.2 At seventh village turn right at Spoonbill sign
18 Mileage 9.5 go through eigth and last village
19 Mileage 10 You have reached the Bhindawas bund . Turn left or right. The
circuit is 11 kms and there are two new driveable cross-bunds
Total 43.9 kms from Rosy Pelican. One hour without any long stops.
 
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