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Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Where: Sultanpur, Gurugram, Haryana 122006
Opening time: 8 am ? 6.30 pm (Tuesday closed)
The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, named after Raja Sultan Singh Chauhan, is a paradise for bird watchers and nature photographers. Ideal for weekend trips, this serene park is home to several exotic flora and fauna. During the winter season, several migratory birds visit the sanctuary from region as far as Central Asia. Summer marks the arrival of Indian Golden Oriole, and Asian Koel in the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Some of the popular visitors of the park are Siberian crane, Yellow Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper and Eurasian Widgeon. Among the residents birds, Red-Collared Dove, Black-Headed Ibis, and Paddy Field Pipit are very common here. Governments initiated development projects, directed towards improving the vegetation in the region, have increased the incoming of the migratory birds to the park. There are four strategically located watch towers from where tourists can view these beautiful birds in action. Apart from that, the lake surrounding the bird sanctuary is a good location to watch them. According to experts, to watch the migratory birds in their natural habitat early morning winter days are most suitable. Also, carrying a decent pair of binoculars is advised to watch the birds more closely.

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

Where: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Opening time: 9.00 am ? 4.30 pm (Tuesday closed)
Spread in the area of 176 ? acre of land in the Old Delhi area, this park was inaugurated in 1959. With the total population of more 1300 animals, this park is an ideal destination for a daytrip over the weekends. Home to the biggest and mightiest animals of the wild, this destination is preferred by both adults and children alike. Among the popular exhibits, chimpanzees, spider monkeys Gir Lions and Zebras are most visited by the tourists. The underground reptile section is home to several species of snakes, and lizards. The conservative breeding programs with the brow antlered deer are one of the most successful breeding programs meant for conservation of the animals. The zoo is currently running the conservation and captive breeding program for Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Lion, and Red Jungle Fowl. People can watch these animals breaded during captivity, to be living in condition close to their natural habitat. The introduction of battery-operated small carts within the zoo has made it easier for the older tourists or people travelling with kids to tour the zoo. However, the best way to explore the zoo is on the foot.

Buddha Jayanti Park

Buddha Jayanti Park

Where: Central Ridge Reserve Forest, New Delhi, Delhi - 110021
Opening time: 6.00 am ? 6.00 pm (Sundays closed)
To commemorate the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, the Buddha Jayanti Park was founded in the prime district of Delhi. Spread in the area of 81 acres of land, the park is beautifully decorated with flowering plants and trees. One of the biggest attractions of the place is the beautiful statute of Gautama Buddha, located on a small islet in the middle of the park. It is said that a sapling of the ?Holy Bodhi Tree? was planted during the inauguration of the park in mid of 1960s. Decorated with the acacia trees, this park is home to more than 100 different varieties of trees and 40 species of shrubs, making it a safe habitat for different birds and animals. Symmetrically arranged garden area, with different sections dedicated to palm trees, and different varieties of cacti, make this place a stunning paradise. The park, due to its serenity and quite surroundings, attracts many locals during early morning hours. People interested in bird watching or simply relaxing, should come here during the early morning hours. Close to Rastrapati Bhawan (Presidential House), the park provides a stunning view of iconic monument from certain vantage points. A visit to the park is a welcome respite from the crowded streets of Delhi.

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Where: Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi ? 110044
Opening time: 9.00 am ? 5.00 pm (Saturday, Sunday closed)
The Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Santuary, spread in the area of approximately 32 sq km area, is a biodiversity park. Located on the merger grounds of the Indo-Gangetic plains, this park is an important leopard corridor. The protected area is one of the last surviving portions of the Delhi Ridge Hill range, and home to more than 193 species animals and birds. Being a conservation site for protection and rehabilitation of several endangered species, some parts of the wildlife sanctuary are being converted into wetlands habitat. Some of the residents of the Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Santuary are Blackbuck, Black-Napped Hare, and Indian crested porcupine. A favorite weekend destination for locals, this venue is liked by both adults and kids. Visitors can take part in the 2 km long Nature Trail, an educational tour which takes them through different sections of the park. A trip through the park can be an enriching and enlightening experience for the tourists. One of the best places for nature photography, this place is a stunning venue for bird watching.

National Rose Garden

National Rose Garden

Where: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi ? 110021
Opening time: 9.00 am ? 10.00 pm
National Rose Garden or the National Indo-Africa Friendship Rose Garden is probably one of the most stunning gardens of Delhi. Decorated with beautiful and rare roses, found in the different parts of the world, this place provides a welcome escape from the cityscape of Delhi. Home to more the 100 varieties of roses, the black and green roses are some of the most visited exhibits of the park. Located just off the Vijay Ghat, during the spring season, this park reaches its full glory. The stunning lotus pond, located inside the middle of the park, amplifies the beauty of the Rose garden. During the winter season, the park hosts an exhibition of roses that grow in the vicinity. Stunning venues covered with beautifully grown roses, this park gives out a surreal view that cannot be explained in words.


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