Sultanpur National Park


Sultanpur National Park, Haryana

Are you a wild life enthusiast who loves to travel a lot? Then you might be traveling to various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that display fascinating range of flora and fauna. If you happen to be in India exploring its beautiful wildlife, you must visit Sultanpur National park located just 46 km from the national capital, Delhi.

This green haven is the habitat of a large number of resident and migratory birds. Generally visitors spend some time in the library and museum to get a fair idea of the flora and fauna.

History:

Peter Jackson, a famous ornithologist who was the Honorary Secretary of the Delhi Bird Watching Society wrote to Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India about the urgent need to protect the Sultanpur Jheel (lake). Later in the year 1972, the Sultanpur Bird Reserve was established and on the 7th July, 1989 the national park was established. Since then it has been a popular tourist attraction. More than 250 species of birds and tropical, dry and deciduous vegetation become the highlight of this national park.

Area and location:

Covering over 359 acres of land this park extends from latitude 2837` in the North to longitude 7704` in the east. It is located in Haryana in India. The nearest accesses from this park are the district headquarters of Gurgaon and Delhi.

Main attractions:

Fascinating flora and fauna of the park is quite interesting. The flora includes banyan tree, tendu, grasses, dhok, jamun, ber, khair, etc.

But the fauna includes a wide range of resident and migratory birds and other wildlife like Nilgai, striped hyenas, hog deer, hedgehog, wild pig, Indian porcupine and reptiles etc. Birds include gadwalls, mallards, Painted stork, Black-necked stork, teals, herons, cormorants, Spotbill, demoiselle cranes, ruddy shelducks, White-throated kingfisher, etc. and many more.

Best time to visit:

The tropical climate of this region accounts for the hot summers and too cold winters. Even the winter is very cold, the best time to visit the park is in winter. This is the best time because you can see the exclusive wildlife of the park during the cold months. July-mid September is the time when the park gets drenched in rains.

Accommodation:

As the Sultanpur national park remains to be one of the premier tourist attractions in the state of Haryana, the Haryana Tourism Development Corporation has taken special care as regards accommodation in the park. The corporation runs a lodge meant for the tourist. This tourist lodge houses air-conditioned and non air conditioned rooms.

Other than the rooms the lodge has one bar, restaurants and cottages for the visitors. If you don't want to stay in the lodge, you can accommodate in any of the good hotels and resorts in Gurgaon and Delhi. If you are on a holiday trip to Delhi and the nearby areas, you can easily take a one day trip to the green haven.

How to reach the park?

Reaching the park is not at a problem. If you want to travel by air, Indira Gandhi National Airport is the nearest airport. This airport is well connected with the popular international and national destinations. From there you have to take a taxi.

Gurgaon Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is also connected to Delhi and the popular places in Haryana. From any part of the country you can travel to Delhi by air, road or train and then go to the park from the Gurgaon Railway Station.

There are 2 bus stations Gurgaon Bus Stand and Dhaula Kuan Bus Stop which are 15km and 40km away from the park respectively. You can take buses that run frequently to the park. You can also travel to Gurgaon from Delhi taking buses from Dhauala Kuan.

If you want to avoid traveling in buses, you can take tourist cars and taxis from Delhi or Gurgaon.

If you plan to travel to the Sultanpur National Park, you should visit the nearby areas in Delhi and Gurgaon. This park remains to be a premier attraction in Haryana and one of the important tourist spots in India.