Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, now Sultanpur National Park, is a national park located in the Gurgaon District, Haryana. It is a well-known weekend getaway. Sultanpur is located 40km from Dhaula-Kuan and 15km from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar road. To reach here, one has to reach Kataria Chowk in Gurgaon, and take the road for Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
The Haryana forest department had shut the park for birds’ breeding season….. and opened the Sultanpur National Park for public on Monday, also observed as Ozone Day. As per the old policy, the national park, which witnesses the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, was to be opened on October 1. But the government brought a new notification on September 15, deciding to open it for public 15 days before on request of bird watchers.
The place is a bird-watcher’s paradise. It is nearly an ideal location for birding and bird watching. It attracts a large number of people in the winters when a huge number of migratory birds come here.
The resident birds in the Sultanpur National Park include Common hoopoe, Paddyfield pipit, Purple sunbird, Little cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Common Mynah, Common Spoonbill, Gray Francolin, Black francolin, Indian roller, White-throated kingfisher, Spotbill, , Greater coucal, Painted stork, Black-necked stork, White ibis, Black-headed ibis, Little egret, Great egret, Cattle egret, Crested lark, Red-vented bulbul, Spotted owlet, Rock pigeon, Rose-ringed parakeet, Red-wattled lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian collared dove, Red-collared dove, Laughing dove, Magpie robin, Weaver bird, Bank Mynah, , and Green Bee-Eater.
Over a 100 migratory birds visit the Sultanpur National Park each year. The winters provide a stunning plethora of migratory birds such as Rosy Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Siberian Crane, Spotted Redshank, Starling, Greater Flamingo, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Black-winged Stilt, Eurasian Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Bluethroat and Long-billed Pipit. In summer, about 11 species of migratory birds such as Asian Koel, Black-crowned Night Heron, Grey heron, Indian Golden Oriole, Comb duck, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater and Cuckoos come here.
The place has four watch towers (machans), a library, an education and interpretation center, slides, and binoculars for the bird-watchers. It takes about two hours to walk along the perimeter of the park. The park offers public parking, drinking water facilities, and a children’s park in reserve. There is a room dedicated to Dr.Salim Ali that contains his bust, photographs, write-ups, and some of his personal effects. The park also has a guesthouse with all amenities for all those wishing to stay overnight.
The guesthouse is better known as the Rosy Pelican Guest House. There are three room categories – Standard Room AC, Semi-Deluxe Room AC, Executive Room AC. The tariff ranges from 2000 to 2500. The Rosy Pelican also offers boasts of a beautiful garden, a restaurant, etc.
The Sultanpur National Park is a scenic destination for going on picnics. The package cost is 750 (min 25 pax group). The package includes a welcome drink, lunch veg/non-veg (Chicken/ Paneer, Mix Veg, Dal Makhani, Raita, Salad, Pickle, Rice, Chapati Etc.), evening snacks, and a ticket to the bird sanctuary.
The bird sanctuary is open throughout the year, but the best time visit is from October to February when the park showcases a panorama of stunning and diverse birds. The remaining months only see the resident birds flying around in this beautiful place.
The National Park will remain closed from June 15 to September 15, for breeding.