Have you ever been to a birding holiday? When did you listen a bird singing for the last time? Sometimes it is important to go on the retreat to a place rich in natural beauty and imagine migratory birds in the clear blue sky – wouldn’t that be a cherry on the cake!
Recall your childhood when the koel’s soothing song and the crow’s caws could be heard clear from the terrace but as we got surrounded by concrete walls all around, the birds fled away never to return. Thankfully, there are still places in India where one could find migratory birds coming from far off lands throughout the year.
In this blog, we would like to highlight the top places to see migratory birds in India during winter. Bird and nature lovers, this one is for you!
Before starting with the first name on the list, here are some essentials you need to pack and things to keep in mind while on the enthralling birding holiday:
- A pair of binoculars
- Field guide with illustrations
- Plan with a group of bird watchers – It will be more fun.
- Respect the birds and habitat.
Top places to see migratory birds in India
Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park of India and is no less than a haven for bird watchers. Situated in the Nainital district, Uttarakhand, it will take you 8 hours to reach there from Delhi by road. To your surprise, there are almost 500 species of birds to be seen in Jim Corbett.
You will be lost in the choir of bird songs and soak in the natural beauty – the thick dense forest, hilly vegetation and grasslands make it a perfect ambience to cherish bird watching. If you are here to find out the places in India where migratory birds visit every year, you have already found one. The best time to visit Jim Corbett for migratory birds is during winter months and from mid-April to end of May.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan
Also called Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is also famous as “bird paradise” in the country. Being a popular tourist spot in the state, Bharatpur is home to several species of endangered and exotic migratory birds during winters. Located on the Agra-Jaipur road, the bird sanctuary is only at a distance of 3 hours’ drive from Delhi. You can witness more than 300 species of birds in Bharatpur.
You will have the best experience roaming around in the cycle rickshaws pulled by trained guides. You can also explore the sanctuary trekking easily through the paved walkways. The man-made wetland is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and serves to be home for Pelicans, Ducks, Eagles, Cranes, Geese and various other bird species. The most ideal time to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for migratory birds is from October to February.
Chilik Lake Bird Sanctuary in Odisha
Situated near Puri in Odisha, Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary is known for the largest inland sea lagoon in Asia – the Chilika Lake. Stretched over an area of 1,100 sq. km., the pear-shaped lake is one of the largest grounds for the migratory birds during winters. Every year, bird watchers visit in great numbers to see unique bird species such as Greylag Geese, Sea Eagles and Purple Moorhen. You might not know but Chilika is the host of the largest flamingo colonies in the world.
There are several small islands in the beautiful lake of which the most famous names include Kalupadaghat Island, ManglajodiIslandandNalabana Island. These are the mist-visit island if youwant to experience a breathtaking view of the colorful winged guests in winters. Located 120 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, it is one of the best places visited by migratory birds in India.
NalSarovar Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat
Situated in Ahmedabad, NalSarovar Bird Sanctuary is known to be the largest wetland bird sanctuary in the country. The place is popular for rare bird species such as Small Grebes and Spoonbills. You can easily spot an Indian Owl here. DO not forget to visit the ‘Abhiruchi Kendra’, an interpretation center built in the sanctuary having a recording of 220 migratory birds. The most ideal time to visit this delightful place is from the month of November to February.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary in Haryana
Situated in Gurgaon, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is home to a wide range of colorful bird species. It is only an hours’ drive from Delhi where you can witness beautiful birds stopping here each year. Being one of the places in India where migratory birds come, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is today a popular tourist destination in the area. You will get to see birds like Greater Flamingo, Northern Pintail, Siberian Cranes and Common Teal.
There is a freshwater lake named Sultanpur Lake where you can spot wide range of migratory birds. It is a sight worth witnessing more than 250 species of migratory birds and this experience will stay with you for long.