Sultanpur National Park
Sultanpur National Park is a famous Bird Sanctuary or Reserve with a picturesque lake called Sultanpur Lake. It is located in the district of Gurgaon in the state of Haryana and is just 15 km from Gurgaon and 46 km from Delhi. It was declared a bird sanctuary in 1972. In 1989 the bird sanctuary was upgraded to National Parks of India.
The Sultanpur National Park is a very ideal place for bird watching. Here people can see both resident birds and migratory birds. Apart from bird watching the park is also a popular picnic spot for residents of Delhi NCR. During the winter seasons thousands of migratory birds from across the globe visit this park.
The grounds of Sultanpur National Park are lush with lawns and trees and shrubs and masses of bougainvillea.
There is a small museum and a library in the national park. There are a lots of pictures and documents on the birds in the Sultalpur National Park. It is recommended to spend some time over there to get the idea of the birds and the trees and shrubs.
Sultanpur is essentially a bird watching place with few trees obscuring the visitor's view of the lake. The birds can be easily spotted wading, swimming or flying. A good pair of binoculars is a must to clearly observe the wildlife from a safe distance, without disturbing them.
One can very easily spot grey pelicans, cormorants, grey and pond herons, egrets, painted storks who tend to congregate and preen. The black-necked storks, white ibis, spoonbills, etc can also be spotted.
Though of late, due to poor monsoons and depletion of groundwater, part of what used to be a vast sheet of water, has dried up into a grassy land, the lake has sufficient amount of water in the winters to attract large number of migratory birds.