Sultanpur National Park, located in the Indian state of Haryana, is also close to Delhi, some 45km by road. It’s a haven for a variety of domestic and migratory birds, courtesy the well-maintained surrounds. You’ll find hundreds of birds fly in during winters from Siberia; flocks of geese from Europe and even the local birds flap in frequently. The bird population here include darters, egrets, shoveler, gadwall, goose, teals, kingfishers, lapwings, sandpipers, demoiselle cranes, ruddy shelducks, pelicans, flamingoes, bar-headed geese, grey lags, mallards, and pochard. Local species include plovers, red-wattled lapwings, herons, cormorants, white ibises, spoonbills and painted storks.

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary attracts innumerable bird watchers who like to observe the antics of these birds. That’s because there are hide outs, watch towers and a museum of sorts for those who’re seriously keen on studying the avifauna. The climate of the park is tropical with very hot summers and chilly winters. The best season to visit this park is during winter when the chances of spotting exclusive wildlife are higher.

The vegetation of this park is mostly tropical dry deciduous and the flora includes grasses, dhok, khair, tendu, ber, jamun, acacia, and banyan trees. There’s scope for other wildlife spotting in the park as well; you’ll frequently come across blackbuck, nilgai, hog deer, sambar, wild dog or dhole, caracal, wild cat, hedgehog, mongoose, striped hyena, Indian porcupine, rattle or honey badger, leopard, wild pig, and four horned antelope.

Other attractions nearby include the Sultanpur Lake – the point around which the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary was developed. The lake is a picnic spot for the residents of Delhi and Haryana. Boating is especially enjoyable here, among the many migratory birds that throng the water body at all times. It’s a great way to unwind away from the bustle of big cities during weekends.