Lakh Bahosi Sanctuary, established in 1989, is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India, covering an impressive 80 sq. km.
And let me tell you, the birds here know how to party – approximately 50,000 water fowls visit the sanctuary every year between November and March.
But it’s not just birds that call this place home. You might also spot a jackal, blue bull, mongoose, fishing cat, or monkeys. Don’t worry, they won’t steal your picnic basket like Yogi Bear – but I can’t guarantee they won’t photobomb your pictures.
In fact, the Bombay Natural History Society has listed Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary as one of the ‘Important Bird Area’ sites. And if you need more proof of its importance, just know that it’s included in the list of wetlands under the National Wetland Conservation Programme by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India.
The sanctuary consists of two main lakes named Lakh and Bahosi, respectively. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the separate lake at nearby Lakh village, where you can spot some similar species but with a different relative ecology.
The sanctuary is located in Kannauj District, about 40 km from Kannauj. The best time to visit is December to February. The climate is variable, ranging from a maximum temperature of 48°C to a minimum of 4°C. The area experiences good rainfall, so bring your raincoat if you’re visiting during the monsoon season (July to September).
Getting there can be a bit of an adventure, too. You can reach the sanctuary via Tirwa and Indergarh, but watch out for the single village road that needs some repairs. It’s like an obstacle course, but with more potholes.
All in all, Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique travel experience. Just make sure you bring your camera, binoculars, and a sense of humor – you never know what kind of shenanigans these birds and animals will get up to!