Ranked 18 among Places to Visit in Amritsar
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Harike Wetland & Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland in North India. This man-made wetland spreads into Tarn Taran Sahib, Ferozepur and Kapurthala in Punjab, making it a famous destination for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Tourists can spot up to 7 species of turtles including the endangered Testudines turtle. The previously extinct Indus dolphin was recently seen at Harike Wetland, giving visitors a rare opportunity to catch a sight of these beautiful creatures. Mongoose, WIld boar, common jackal and jungle cat are easy to spot in the area. The Wildlife Department has constructed earthen mounds with trees in order to increase nesting sites for birds. 45,000 ducks have been recorded to have migrated here during the peak season. Winter season is a treat for bird watcher as 200 species of birds including the cotton pygmy, goose, tufted duck, yellow-crowned woodpecker and yellow-eyed pigeon visit the wetland.
Visitors are advised to carry Binoculars in order to catch a glimpse of these spectacular species. Boat rides are pleasant in the evenings and tourists can also stay overnight in the Forest Rest House. Tourists are requested to take prior permission from the forest officials before entering the park and are requested to follow the speed limit.
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