Hastinapur sanctuary is one of the prominent wildlife projects in India. It was constituted in the year 1986. The sanctuary extends over a wide area of Meerut, Bijnore, Ghaziabad and Jyotiba Phule Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. The Hastinapur Sanctuary is a sprawling forest occupying the area of 2073 sq. km.
The forest of Hastinapur enjoys a rich ecosystem with various species of flora and fauna. The rich biodiversity of the forest has always been a topic for research and study for the students of botany and zoology. The complex geological structure of the Hastinapur forest provides all types of animals a safe habitat and this is the reason why the forest possesses such rich biodiversity.
Among the main population of the wild animals found here in the hastinapur Sanctuary include various species of antelope, cheetal, blue bull, sambhar, leopard hyena, wild cat and alligators.
Hastinapur National Park enjoys rich faunal wealth on account of the varied types of ecological niches existing in the reserve. Mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians (frogs & toads) butterflies and fishes. Among the invertebrate groups are Centipedes, the Scorpions, Odonata (dragon & damselflies), Isoptera (termites) and Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, etc.) which comprises more than 60 species. The National Bird Peacock is found here in plenty.
The marshy land along the River Ganga here makes this sanctuary a paragon for migratory birds. As many as 350 species of birds found here have been registered so far. Major among them include birds like black and white necked stork, painted stork, sarus crane, as well as nocturnal birds of prey, ranging from the great Indian horned owl to the jungle owlet, kingfisher, minivet, colourful woodpecker, barbet bee-eater and bulbul.
Other inhabitants of the forest include the sloth bear, wild pig, jackal and the lesser cats- leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat and civet. Gangetic dolphins have been sighted in certain stretches along the river Ganga, especially between Haridwar and Bijnore.
Best time to visit:
You can visit Hastinapur Sanctaury any time of the year. Climate is pleasant through and through.
How to Get there?
- Air: The nearest airport at New Delhi is 110 km away.
- Rail: Nearest railhead is Meerut which is 30 km. away from the sanctuary.
- Road: Hastinapur lies on National Highway No. 45. It is connected by road to all parts of the state.
So plan a trip to the sanctuary and have an exhilarating experience of wildlife.