The best national parks in Haryana You Must Visit
One of the most surreal experiences as a traveller, explorer or adventurer that you could embark on is to watch wild animals in their natural habitat. With most of the civilisation taming the forests and wild forests which these animals call home, it is necessary, now more than ever, to have a glimpse of how majestic and glorious these untamed beasts look in their place on Earth. It may sound poetic, but it is true. It instils in us a sense of wonder, awe and awareness that we should do our best to preserve their habitat for as long as we could. After all, the planet is theirs as much it is ours.
This is why it becomes paramount to explore the country’s famous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries whenever you can. From Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand to Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, tick them off from your wildlife adventure bucket list, one at a time.
1. Sultanpur National Park
Also known as Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise. An expansive park, this is a treasure trove for around nine species of migratory birds 175 species of long-distance migratory birds which can be seen every year in different months. From the rarest of birds like flamingos, ducks, storks, Egyptian vultures, jacanas, plovers to the common species like white-throated kingfisher, painted stork, Indian roller, little egret and more, you will find a myriad variety here. Just keep your binoculars ready and put on the best walking shoes as you will have plenty of ground to cover.
- Best time to visit – Winter months
- Distance from Delhi – 56 km (1 hour 50 minutes’ drive)
- Entry fees – INR 5 per person (Indians), INR 40 per person (foreigners)
2. Kalesar National Park
Spread on 5345 hectares of land, Kalesar National Park is located in the district of Yamunanagar. It is not only close to the National Capital but also to the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The verdant park is a famed tourist attraction because of its rich flora and fauna and the wide variety of medicinal plants found here. The forests are dense, deep, and home to animals like Sambar, Nilgai, Elephant, Leopard, Barking Deer, Goral, Cheetal and more. Moreover, natural resources are found here in abundance. For instance, the ingredient used in making vermillion or Sindoor is one of the national parks’.
Ensure you check the weather conditions before visiting the park and wearing comfortable shoes and clothes that won’t hinder you from moving around.
- Best time to visit – October to June as the park is closed from July to September
- Distance from Delhi – 247 km (5 hours, 7 minutes’ drive)
- Entry fees – INR 30 per person (Indians), INR 100 per person (Foreigners)
3. Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary
Located in the district of Jhajjar, Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary is the perfect place for a day trip from Gurgaon, Delhi and Noida. While the sanctuary is famous as the ideal stop for bird-watchers, it is the lake surrounding the sanctuary that you should not miss while visiting. Given that the entire sanctuary is a human-made wetland that attracts migratory birds in the right season, this place seems pristine and natural as other national parks in Haryana.
The entire sanctuary is spread on an area of 412 hectares, and this gives you enough ground to cover and explore on your day out in the verdant, green and lush fields of the park.
- Best time to visit – December and January
- Distance from Delhi – 130 km (2 hours, 35 minutes’ drive)
- Entry fees – There is no entry fee.
4. Hisar Deer Park
A famous tourist attraction in Haryana, Hisar Deer Park, was opened by the Government of India to educate people on the disappearing breeds of deers. You will find various species of this animal from spotted deer, blackbuck, sambal and more.
Spread on an area of 16 hectares, and the park has a lot of ground for the deer to roam around freely in their natural habitat. The entire park is surrounded by deep and dense forests that give you picturesque and Instagram-worthy clicks. You can gaze at the forests and the lush green cover, walk for miles in the park itself or do the one thing that this park is meant for – try to spot and look at the deer from a distance as they roam around freely.
- Distance from Delhi – 184 km (3 hours, 57 minutes’ drive)
- Entry fees – The entry fee is nominal, and it keeps changing.
5. Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary
Also known as Seonthi Reserve Forest, the Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the district of Kurukshetra in Haryana. Spread on approximately 30 hectares of land, the sanctuary sees close to 57 species of birds, both migratory and domestic. When you embark on your bird-watching tour, you might also come across the Painted Stork and Oriental Darter, both of which are Endangered. To preserve and maintain the park’s ecological balance, an eco-sensitive zone was built around the sanctuary a few years back.
Once inside the park, you will also find a wetland and a human-made lake. Both of which add to the picturesque beauty of the wildlife sanctuary. There is a temple on the sanctuary’s outer edge with a legend from Mahabharata associated with it. Listen to it from the locals once you visit the sanctuary.
- Best time to visit – Winter months
- Distance from Delhi – 191 km (4 hours, 2 minutes’ drive)
- Entry fees – NA
There is a lot to be considered when it comes to a day or week-long trip to a wildlife sanctuary. Make sure you are well-prepared and have planned your itinerary. For all the information, queries and comparison of rates on hotels, flights, check out Travel Now by digibank by DBS. We have you covered when it comes to anything related to travel. Sit back, plan and relax on your next adventure.