Going out for Birding near Delhi is totally possible, thanks to the four close Bird Sanctuaries. One of them is located right at the border itself, making it an easy weekend trip.
This recreational activity will require you to carry a good pair of binoculars. If lucky, you might meet an ornithologist who can help you out with the bird’s name and their features.
List of Bird Sanctuaries Near Delhi for Weekend Getaway
Here I’m listing all bird sanctuaries near Delhi. The farthest one stands at approx 380KMs, still making it a weekend trip. Let’s start with the list!
#1 Sultanpur National Park Bird Sanctuary
It’s the nearest Bird Sanctuary for Delhi citizens as it is located in Gurgaon itself. The fastest route via Basai Road (Rural Gurgaon) brings down the distance to just 42 KM.
The best time to visit Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is the winter when a lot of migrating birds come. As per the officials, approximately 250 different species of bird are found. A number good enough considering how close we’re to the capital.
Distance from Delhi – 42 KM
#2 Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Officially the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary has been renamed to Keoladeo National Park and it’s located in Rajasthan. There are three different main highways you can pick to reach here from Delhi. The distance range between 213KM (shortest) to 242KM. The best pick is the 226KM road which includes Taj/Yamuna Express Highway.
The national park was earlier a reserve area for hunting by Maharajas. It features total 364 species of birds including the aquatic ones which come from Afghanistan, China, Siberia, and Turkmenistan. The park covers approx 29KMs in the area and comes under Rajasthan Tourism Department.
Once you’re done with bird watching tour and still have a couple of days left in the vacation, you can move towards National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary, which is located approx 270KMs (via Dausa-Lalsot road).
Distance from Delhi – 226 KM
#3 Ranthambore National Park
Located near Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is not exactly a bird sanctuary. It’s home for approx 60+ tigers, as per the 2014 census.
It’s a complete wildlife experience including birds. It covers approximately 392KMs of the area, making it a big carpet for the wildlife.
If you’re having 2-3 days vacation then Ranthambore is a good plan. You also get to visit the Ranthambore Fort which was built in 10th Century.
Distance from Delhi – 380 KM
#4 Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
Located in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest established one in our country (1936). The Park holds more than 586 species of birds, both resident and migratory.
As we’re talking about a place in Uttarakhand, it’s needless to say that the area is hilly and thus, a lot of trekking adventure options are available. You do need to take a guide as tourists are prohibited from trekking.
Distance from Delhi – 246 KM
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