I am mostly a traveler with an eye to visit historic and religious places, however this time the story went different as a part of beautiful nature drew me to the core and the trip became memorable. In a part of Urban and Modern Haryana where I live is covered only of Concrete Jungles, Big Malls and shopping dwellers in Gurgaon, however an undisturbed part of a nature’s belt is still present with its ecological sphere which attracts large number of birds as far as from Siberia to India every winter.
Yes I am talking about Sultanpur National Park which is a bird watchers paradise.
It happened like this on a wintery day at our DBCA club seniors were in discussion for club’ss annual picnic and on the onset of the same people in one go chose to visit Sultanpur National Park. It was decided to plan on Makar Sakranti plus it was a Sunday. So a bus has been booked and almost 40 families were in contention went for the same. We all assembled at boarding point and by sharp 8.30 AM the bus was ready to move.
Now visiting Sultanpur for a picnic and bird watching the best timings are from November to March when you can view the full bloom beauty of Flora and Fauna at its best. Sultanpur National Park is in Gurgaon District in Haryana State. Sultanpur is located 40 km from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and 15 km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon – Farrukhnagar Road. From Delhi via public transport reach Gurgaon bus-stand and from there catch any bus going to Farukhnagar. Every year more than 100 migratory bird species arrive at Sultanpur in search of feeding grounds and to pass the winter.
We reached Sultanpur around 11:00 AM and then like the wanderers we set up our camp, All the ladies were seated on rugs and in a huge cauldron the milk was set to boil for a warm cup of tea along with breakfast. Soon Breakfast was ready and as everyone was feeling the hunger pangs, all hands were set on deck. The breakfast comprised of Fruity Bread, Boiled Egg, Bananas and cup of Hot tea.
The breakfast was simple but yet very scrumptious brought back the childhood days of our picnic culture be in school or community a breakfast will at least comprise of 50% of these items. So after the Pet Pooja we in a group set to explore the vicinity of the National Park. As soon we crossed the road towards the park gate we saw the ticket counter and purchased the entry tickets.
Tickets were priced INR 5.00 for Indian Residents and INR 50.00 for Foreign Nationals. Binoculars are on rent for INR 150.00 for watching birds.
When we entered the park we saw the Floral beauty decked up with lush green trees welcoming us in the natural surroundings. We saw a beautiful beehive nestled in an Acacia Tree
We kept travelling further the road where we captured some common species of birds and Trees only, before we came towards the wetlands and oh my my what a beautiful marshy land it was and surrounded by beautiful migratory birds like Rosy Pelican and Wadded sparrows. We saw the diving black ducks and common egrets, which were a fancy to watch. Our kiddos were so happy that they started climbing on trees and making funny poses
After some time we reached the watch-tower and beneath the same we were lucky to spot a barking deer and we were quick to click a picture of the same. Then from the watch towers we spotted the beautiful sightings of the migratory birds.
Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt, Northern Pintail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Yellow Wagtail, Rosy Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Gadwall, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Starling, Blue-throat and Long-billed Pipit
After sighting and capturing these beautiful moments we headed towards the picnic spot back as it was lunch time and after having a scrumptious lunch in traditional way sitting on the ground, it was time to get back way to home and the whole time got passed so shortly that only captured moments remained in our hearts. Over all a beautiful place for every one living in Delhi NCR and a must visit place far far away from buzzing crowds and Urban life.
Recommended for the ones who want a short soulful Nirvana.
That’s all for the same, if there is any mistake or any feedback I am always open to your advice.