Bakhira Sanctuary is near Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The place is one of the largest natural flood plain wetland of India. This magnificent destination is located 44 km west of the bustling city of Gorakhpur and covers an area of 29 square kilometer.
Established in 1980, the Bakhira Bird Sanctuary is a wintering and staging ground for migratory waterfowls and a breeding ground for resident birds. It’s not just a paradise for birds though, the surrounding villagers depend on the wetland for their livelihood through fishing, agriculture and fuelwood collection.
The Siberian birds travel an incredible 5000 km to get to these wetlands every winter, making it a must-visit spot for all bird enthusiasts. And, the best part is that the sanctuary is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) and has an “eco-sensitive zone” extending up to a kilometre around its boundary, so you can be sure that you’ll be exploring a well-preserved haven of nature.
With over 80 species of birds calling this sanctuary home, you’ll get the chance to witness threatened or near-threatened species such as the endangered Egyptian vulture, the vulnerable greater spotted eagle, and the near-threatened oriental darter and woolly-necked stork.
Not just a bird paradise, the Bakhira Bird Sanctuary is also home to 119 plant species and 45 species of fish, including the vulnerable European carp, the catfish Wallago attu, and the near-threatened Gangetic ailia and silver carp. So, pack your binoculars and fishing rods and get ready for a unique adventure!
Not to mention, the Sanctuary also provides a recreational and tourist destination, contributes to food supply and nutrient cycling, making it a well-rounded destination that’s sure to provide a delightful experience for all. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to the Bakhira Bird Sanctuary today!