Every year thousands of migratory birds look for favourable habitats to live and places which offer better nesting and feeding grounds. Winters are a time when the regions they inhabit become inhospitable and so it is time to move. Bird sanctuaries offer them a safe haven from the harsh climate and in India, especially in the national capital Delhi, one can see birds arriving in hordes.
For bird enthusiasts, it is definitely a treat to observe and watch many beautiful species of birds at close quarters. Here are the top five sanctuaries you can visit in and around the Delhi NCR:
Okhla Bird Sanctuary
The Okhla bird sanctuary houses more than 320 species and is a paradise for bird watchers. The sanctuary is home to critically endangered and vulnerable bird species like White Rumped Vulture, Sarus Crane, Bristled Grassbird and many more.
The sanctuary also showcases a variety of indigenous herbs, shrubs and grasses apart from housing about ten different species of mammals including Neelgai, Indian Mongoose and jackals. It is located in Gautam Buddh Nagar District, Noida. The best months to visit the sanctuary are from November to March, between 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Yamuna Biodiversity Park
This park is one of the most visited public places in the capital. It is a centre for learning about rare species of birds. One can see the beautiful flora and fauna and it is a conservation site for endangered plants. It is spread over more than 450 acres near Wazirabad Village on the banks of the Yamuna River. The park also displays hundreds of varieties of fruit yielding plants.