Around 550 species of birds including migratory, winter and resident birds are found in the State of UP. It is really a mystery for us as to how migratory birds cross the Himalayas to get rid of sever winters of Siberia, Europe and Central Asia.
In fact, water bodies, ponds, lakes with abundance of marshes, trees, plants provide best place for which has been a home to a number of varieties of birds, near Lucknow is a marsh shallow lake of around 2.25 square kms. Till the year 1975, it was known as Priyadarshini Pachhi Vihar and a canteen was inaugurated by Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The Nawabganj lake was declared as a Bird Sanctuary during the year 1984. It is now an ideal for bird watchers, and for those who are interested in photography and peaceful walk in nature. Nawabganj is also recognized as being important Bird Area and suitable habitat for about 250 species of resident and migratory birds
In addition to Bird Sanctuary, a Deer Park is also established. It is near the 2nd Gate. You can view a number of spotted deers. Deer Park is one of the main attractions of the Sanctuary. Please note it remains closed on Monday. A number of swings in the small park opposite to Restaurants attract children.
Bird Interpretation Center: If you wish to know more about the birds, you may like to visit the Bird Interpretation Centre within the campus of Sanctuary. Earlier there was provision of Film-Show on the Indian wildlife.
Walking trails: The walking trails on both left and right side along the lake facilitate a close observation of birds in the sanctuary. Raised platforms and benches are also placed at difference places for rest.
Care: Please take care of some of instructions provided by forest departments. These are most important keeping in view your security and for law.
1. Please do not eat in open in the sanctuary as it may attract monkeys and it may create a lot of inconvenience.
2. Night strolling in the Bird Sanctuary is not allowed.
3. Ignition of Fire and Cigarette smoking is prohibited while traveling in Bird Sanctuary.
4. Please do not hurt the birds in any way.
5. Playing music on Transistor/tape recorded is forbidden
6. Fire arms are not allowed.
7. Fish killing is not allowed.
8. Please do not offer any food to birds
9. Do not make noise in the Sanctuary
10. Any type of packing material like paper boxes, particularly polythene bags are not allowed inside.
11. Please do purchase Entry Pass.
-Surkhab Restaurant and Beer Bar
A modern Restaurant in the Sanctuary - offers variety of very tasty veg and non-veg. food and snacks. Items served here are of best quality and services are excellent. You can contact the Restaurant on their number (05143-277360 or 05143-277050) for booking. This restaurant is run by UP State Tourists Development Corporation Ltd. and hence the rates are very genuine. After a long walk along the lake, you may get hungry and this is the best place to dine.
Entry Pass : Rs. 30/- . No entry fee for kids (Indian National only) below 5 years. and Rs. 350/- for foreigners for each person and obtain a signed receipt. (Please Note Entry fee is a must and payable as per Law prevailing)
Stay at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary : Tourist Bungalow
You may stay at the Tourist Bungalow, run by State Tourism Development Corporation of UP, and located in the Bird Sanctuary. Here rooms are available and booking/reservation may be asked.
General Information about Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary:
Area: 2.246 sq. kms.
Temperature: Summers Max : 48 C and Winters Min: 4 C
Map of Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary - View
How to Reach:
Air: The nearest Airpot is Chaudhury Chandran Singh International Airport, Lucknow (Amausi). Distance: 30 Kms.)
Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Lucknow.
Mode of Conveyance: Own Car, Taxi, Bus
. If you are going from Lucknow, please use the first entry Gate at left side. You can see the Gate as shown in the 'Image'. Enter the Sanctuary through a narrow road at left side. Just to confirm the location, you will see a tall Tower at right side of the Kanpur Road. You may see the Image of the entry gate provided here. After a few meters you can see the Sukhrab Restaurant, park your vehicle opposite to Restaurant. You can now enter the Bird Sanctuary through the narrow passage at the right side of Restaurant. Here you have to pay Rs.30/- for Entry Pass for each visitor for which you will be provided a signed receipt. In addition, name and address of the visitors is also noted in the Register maintained for the purpose. The Receipt is provided by Forest Department of UP.
On Lucknow-Kanpur Road
If you are coming from Lucknow, on Kanpur Road, through your own car/taxi, you will be required to pay Rs. 60 for return trip as Toll Tax (Rs.40/- for single). This is charged by National Highways Authority of India(Ministry of Road Transport and Highways).
Likewise, if you are coming from Kanpur, just stop at 44 Km. Milestone, take a right hand turn (please be careful, Kanpur Road is very busy road) after the divider and thereafter enter the Bird Sanctuary by taking left turn from the main Entry Gate. On your return journey, turn to left side and within a moment, you will be at Kanpur Road through 2nd gate.
Tourist Bungalow - [Priyardarshani Motel] (Run by UP State Tourism Development Corporation)-Nawabganj Sanctuary Campus
You may contact for further enquiry and reservation: at 0522-2612291. As the Sanctuary is near Nawabganj ( a tiny town), many other stay options are also available at nearby places.
Timings : 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Best Time to visit : November to January
When to watch birds : Morning and afternoon time
How to watch : Patient observation of the surrounding through binoculars with 8 to 10 x magnification. Use natural coloured clothes. Avoid overgrown areas. Please keep your mobile on silent mode while moving in Sanctuary. Littering, smoking making a noise is never expected from visitors.
Migratory Birds -Common Teal, Gargney, Northern Pinfall, Common Pochard, Red Creasted Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Tuffed Poachard, Northern Shovler, Gadwall,Common Coot, Eurasian Wigeon, Marsh Harrier,
Resident Birds : Asian Openbill Stork, Painted Stork, Woolly Necked Storks, Sarus Crane, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black Headed Lbis, Indian Cormorant, Darter or Snake bird, Common King Fisher, White Breasted Kingfisher, Bronze Winged Jacana, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Indian Pond Heron, White Breasted Waterhen, Common Moorehen,Purple Swamphen, Spot Billed Duck, Lesser Whistling Teal, Comb Duck, Red Wattled Lapwing, Collared Dove, oriental Turtel Dove, Black Headed oriole, Shikra, Cattle Egret,
Common Resident Birds : Asian Barred Owlet, Common Hoopoe, Spotted owlet, Red Avadavat, Oriental Magpie Robin, Scaly Breasted Munia, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Yellow Footed Pigeon, Indian Roller, Black Drongo, Intermediate Egret
Some More Birds : Greater Coucal, Pied Kingfisher, Black Tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Ruff, Little Grebe
In addition to above excellent looking birds, you can view a large population of Mammals and Reptiles such as deer, Nilgai, Rhesus, Monkey, Jungle Cat, Fish Cat and Mongoose. The Python, Cobra, Rat Snake, Viper, Checkered Keel-back, turtles and Monitor Lizard. However, Presently these are not seen anywhere.
Images Photos and Pictures of Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Lucknow Outskirts - a most liked and appreciated place near Lucknow
|Lucknow-Kanpur Road||Mile Stone||View of Sanctuary|
|Scene of Sanctuary|