Sultanpur National Park lies approximately 46 km to the southwest of Delhi. The national park is famous for its greenery, rich variety of bird species and a splendid lake. The area around Sultanpur Lake, near Delhi, was declared a water-bird reserve in the year 1972. Beautiful lawns, trees, shrubs and bougainvilleas dot the landscape of the park. There is also a small museum and library in the reserve that will familiarize you with the various birds and other creatures that you will come across while in it.
One of the essential items to take with you to the Delhi Sultan Pur Bird Sanctuary is a pair of binoculars. It is necessary in order to watch the wildlife from a safe distance, without disturbing them. Migratory geese and Siberian cranes spend the winter in Sultanpur. Apart from that, one can find other migratory birds here, along with resident birds and wild animals. The best time to visit Sultanpur National Park, especially for watching the migratory birds, is during the months of December and January.
Birds at Sultanpur
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary serves as the natural habitat of a large number of resident as well as migratory birds. Some of the resident birds found here are Common Hoopoe, Purple Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Spot billed Duck, White Ibis, India Crested Lark, Rose ringed Parakeet, Eurasian collared Dove, Red collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Greater Coucal, etc.
The popular migratory birds spotted here winter include Siberian Cranes, Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow & White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Long-billed Pipit, etc. In summer, one can find about 11 species of migratory birds, like Asian Koel, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Comb Duck, Blue-cheeked & Blue-tailed Bee-Eater, etc.
Wild Animals at Sultanpur
Apart from the birds, Sultanpur National Park also boasts of a wide variety of wild animals. One can easily spot antelopes like Neelgai (Blue Bull) and Black Buck roaming around the park. Then, there are a number of other animals, like Indian Porcupine, Wild Cat, Hedgehog, Sambar, Caracal, Rattle/Honey Badger, Wild Dog, Four Horned Antelope, Striped Hyena, Hog Deer, Leopard, Wild Pig, Mongoose, etc.