Okhla Bird Sanctuary is home to more than 300 species of resident and migrant birds. It attracts tourists from all across the country. Spread in a lush green ambience that is adorned by trees, marshes, and Yamuna river, this place is a paradise in the fast-paced city life. Local/foreign tourists and bird watchers from every part of India come here to experience the calmness and beauty of the sanctuary without getting disturbed by the hustle-bustle of the city.
Moving to the best time to visit this beauty, well, December to March is the right time to visit Okhla Bird Sanctuary. During this time, a majority of migratory birds come here. Hence the chances for you to spot them increases. Also, the climate during this time is apt to explore the sanctuary and stay under the sun. The sanctuary remains open on all 5 days of the week between 6 am to 5 pm.
Okhla Bird sanctuary is also known as Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad sanctuary and is located on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Border in Noida, which comes under the Gautam Buddh Nagar district. Government of Uttar Pradesh sanctioned an area of 3.5 square kilometres around Okhla barrage for this sanctuary in 1990. Alongside this, the sanctuary was also declared a protected zone under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
The sanctuary is home to many critically endangered and nearly threatened species of birds. Bird watchers and tourists might encounter the following birds during a visit to the park - White Rumped Vulture, Baikal Teal, Sarus Crane, Black-Bellied Tern, and Indian vulture.
1. Exotic Birds. Countless exotic birds that are either native to the land or are the migrants are the major attraction point of the sanctuary. One might get to spot birds like Rain Quail, Comb Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker, Indian Roller, Barn Owl, Baer's Pochard Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Bristled Grassbird, and Wood Sandpiper.
2. Migratory Birds. As per the official records, the sanctuary is home to about 50% of migratory birds. Okhla Bird Sanctuary is the best site for the curious birdwatchers who wish to see winter migratory birds and water birds.
3. Sited on River Yamuna. Okhla Bird Sanctuary is an iconic sight for bird lovers and tourists alike. The Okhla Bird Sanctuary is located at the right of the Yamuna river between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. This bird sanctuary covers an area of approx. 4 sq. km. around the Yamuna River and is home to 300+ bird species.
4. Species of Plants. Along with different species of birds, the sightseers also have an equal opportunity to check out unique species of plants, flowers, and trees in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a great spot for nature lovers and photographers. More than 188 species of plants can be explored here at the sanctuary. All this and the surreal views make the trip to the sanctuary a delightful experience that can’t be forgotten.
5. Explore the Lush Green Gautam Buddha Park. The park is just 2 km away from the sanctuary and is visited by tourists and locals for its lush green and calming vibes. Tourists and locals may also take food and drinks along to enjoy a weekend brunch with family and friends.
6. Click Pictures in Stupa 18 Gallery. Located 10 km away from the sanctuary, this gallery is home to some of the best contemporary artworks by Indian artists. The gallery has a collection of modern and contemporary paintings, hand-made sculptures, portraits, and a lot more.
To reach here, you will need to cover a distance of about 1,424, 1,517, 2,178 km from major Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach Okhla Bird Sanctuary by the following means of public transport.
By Air. IGI airport is nearest to reach the sanctuary by air situated 30-35 km away. Indira Gandhi International Airport is well-connected via domestic flights from all parts of India hence one can book tickets at any point in time without any hassle. From the airport, consider booking a taxi or some other means of public transport to reach the destination.
By Train. Deboard at the Nizamuddin railway station situated 10-15km from the sanctuary. The station receives all the major express and super-fast trains from the major metro cities of India offering excellent train connectivity. After deboarding your train, you can board a taxi, bus, or auto to reach here.
By Road. Noida and areas of Delhi NCR have excellent road connectivity to other cities and towns. You can easily board interstate buses (government or private) to reach here at affordable prices. Otherwise, you can also take a taxi or drive your own vehicle to reach here.