Ask a wildlife photographer, a birder or even a regular tourist, birdwatching is something that anybody would love to experience. After all, bird and its beauty, along with the melody of its calls have been known to provide a calming effect in the mind of humans since time immemorial. Living in big metropolitan cities, we are always remain bogged down by their evils, with a major part of that being the stress. So, there can’t be better way to let go of this stress than to travel to a place where you can enjoy the company of birds.
In a country as widespread as India, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy birding, thanks to the presence of numerous species and also the arrival of the migratory species every year. No wonder, when you travel to one of these birding hubs, you come back a rejuvenated, and at times a changed person. That said, here’s a list of the top destinations in India where birdwatching can be a real treat for travellers.
National Chambal Sanctuary
Yes, the name Chambal is ought to ring a bell. After all, its ravined-filled landscape once used to be the home of infamous dacoits like Paan Singh Tomar and Phoolan Devi. But the rule of dacoits is now long gone and what remains is a beautiful valley that shares its borders with the three Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. For those who enjoy birdwatching, it’s the National Chambal Sanctuary which serves the purpose. Located just a couple of hours’ drive away from Agra, this sanctuary is home to a unique wildlife population including the presence of alligators, Gangetic Dolphins, and of course, a huge number of both native and migratory birds. And the best way to spot these birds is by going on a Chambal River Safari, which is one of those few wildlife safaris that take place in the form of boat rides. A two-hour boat ride on the Chambal River is enough to bring wildlifers, travellers and birders alike in close encounters with the amazing avifaunal population of the destination, along with all the other amazing wildlife species that reside there.
Keoladeo National Park
Although you might not be familiar with the name of Keoladeo National Park, but its former name, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, can definitely make you feel excited if you are a bird lover. During the winter months, starting from November, this bird sanctuary becomes a prime attraction for wildlife photographers, travellers and birders alike. This bird sanctuary is particularly famous for being home to numerous species of migratory birds. Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits are among a multitude of avifaunal species that can be seen here.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Yet another lesser-known-yet-amazing bird sanctuary, the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of just 64 km from the city of Ahmedabad. It is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in the state of Gujarat and is known to be the home to more than 210 species of migratory birds alone in the winter months. its migratory bird population includes rosy pelicans, flamingoes, white storks, brahminy ducks and herons among many more.