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Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary

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There are many reasons to visit Bhindawas. For one, the road to this man-made wetland is blanketed in yellow, with acre upon acre of bright yellow mustard fields. Two, you can spot innumerable species of water birds flock near a canal long before you reach the sanctuary. And, finally, a trip here does not involve too much walking. A 12-km vehicle track goes around the lake, which was constructed to store the excess waters of the Jawaharlal Nehru canal.

Migratory birds

More than 200 species of migratory and resident birds visit the sanctuary through the year. The number dips during the summer and picks up during the winter. The best time to visit is between October and December. The two watchtowers erected on the edge of the lake make viewing birds that much easier.Area1,000 acres (approximately)Birds foundBlue Peafowl, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Graylag Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Goose, Comb Duck, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Great Cormorant, Common Teal, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Red vented Bulbul, Common Pochard, Black-rumped Flameback, White-throated Kingfisher, Green Bee-eater, Black Drongo, Pied Cuckoo, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Spotted Owlet, Blue Rock Pigeon, Purple Swamp hen, Great Bittern, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mallard, Crested Lark and Ashy Prinia. Animals: In addition to the birds, you can also spot antelopes, Neelgai and Jungle Cat.How to goThe sanctuary, around 25 km from Jhajjar town, is a two-hour drive from Delhi. Jhajjar is 40 km from Gurgaon. Best time to visitOctober to December AccommodationThere is no accommodation near the sanctuary. Your best bet is to drive down from Delhi. Alternatively, private hotels are available in Bahadurgarh.

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