Sultanpur National Park in Haryana: Sultanpur National Park ( सुल्तानपुर राष्ट्रीय वन्यजीव अभयारण्य) is located at Sultanpur 15 kilometres from Gurgaon, Haryana and 50 km from Delhi in India. It is a bird paradise for bird watchers. Park is famous for its migratory as well as resident birds. Migratory species reach here after covering incredible distance, since there home land in Europe, Siberia and Central Asia becomes inhabitable due to cold temperature, snow covered ground and frozen lakes. Migratory birds start arriving in the park in September.
Sultanpur National Park, Fact sheet:
- Sultanpur National Park is situated in Gurgaon district of Haryana on Gurgaon-Farrukh Nagar road. Distance of the park is around 50 Km from Delhi & 15km from Gurgaon.
- Sultanpur is named after raja Sultan Singh Chauhan.
- As a bird sanctuary it was the find of Peter Jackson, famous British ornithologist, and honorary secretary of the Delhi Birdwatching Society, who wrote to Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, founder of the society, in 1970 about the need to declare the Sultanpur jheel near Delhi, a bird sanctuary.
- She had to cancel at the last minute, but later instructed then Chief Minister of Haryana, Bansi Lal, to protect the wetland, as a result the area was declared a Bird sanctuary in 1972.
- The status of the park was upgraded to National Park under Section 35 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 on July 5th, 1991.
- It has an area of 1.43 km².
- Approximately 250 species of Birds are found at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Some of them are resident, while others come from distant regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.
- Some of the resident birds are: common hoopoe, paddyfield pipit, purple sunbird, little cormorant, Eurasian thick-knee, gray francolin, black francolin, Indian roller, white-throated kingfisher, spot billed duck, painted stork, white ibis, black headed ibis, little egret, great egret, cattle egret, India crested lark.
- National Parks in Haryana