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Sultanpur National Park Sanctuary
सुल्तानपुर राष्ट्रीय वन्यजीव अभयारण्य
Wildlife National Park
A dead tree laying on the ground
A dead tree laying on the ground
Map of Haryana showing the location of Sultanpur National Park
Map of Haryana showing the location of Sultanpur National Park
Sultanpur National Park Sanctuary
Location in Haryana, India
Map of Haryana showing the location of Sultanpur National Park
Map of Haryana showing the location of Sultanpur National Park
Sultanpur National Park Sanctuary
Sultanpur National Park Sanctuary (India)
Coordinates: 28°27′44″N 76°53′24″E / 28.4623°N 76.8899°E / 28.4623; 76.8899Coordinates: 28°27′44″N 76°53′24″E / 28.4623°N 76.8899°E / 28.4623; 76.8899
Country  India
State Haryana
District Gurgaon
Government
 • Body Forests Department, Haryana
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website www.haryanaforest.gov.in
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary became a National Park in 1991

Sultanpur National Park (Hindi: सुल्तानपुर राष्ट्रीय वन्यजीव अभयारण्य) (formerly Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary) is located at Sultanpur fifteen kilometres from Gurgaon, Haryana and 50 km from Delhi in India.

Introduction[edit]

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is very popular national park located in Gurgaon district in Haryana State. Sultanpur is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon – Farrukhnagar Road. This Bird Sanctuary, ideal for birding and bird watchers, is best visited in winters when a large number of migratory birds come here.

Haryana government has carried out a number of development works at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary like construction of mounds, widening of paths, four tube wells have also been dug. Efforts are being made to improve vegetation in area by planting more trees, which are popular with the birds like ficus spp. Acacia Nilotica, Acacia Tortilis, Beris and Neem etc.

Among approximately 1,800 migratory bird species out of total 10,000 species of birds in the world, nearly 370 species migrate to India due to seasonal changes, including 175 long-distance migration species that use the Central Asian Flyway route which also include Amur falcons, Egyptian vultures, plovers, ducks, storks, ibises, flamingoes, jacanas, pochards and sociable lapwing.[1][2] Among these 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

Every year more than 100 migratory bird species arrive at Sultanpur in search of feeding grounds and to pass the winter. In winter Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary provides a picturesque panorama of migratory birds such as Siberian cranes, greater flamingo, ruff, black winged stilt, common teal, common greenshank, northern pintail, yellow wagtail, white wagtail, northern shoveller, rosy pelican. It is closed from 1 April to 30 September.

Climate[edit]

This Bird Sanctuary, ideal for birding and bird watchers, is best visited in winters when a large number of migratory birds come here. Sultanpur has the typical North Indian climate of harsh summers (up to 46 °C) and cold winters (Low of up to 0 °C). Rainy season is short, from July to the end of August.

History[edit]

Sultanpur National Park at Sultanpur, Haryana.

Medieval history[edit]

Sultanpur is named after Chauhan Rajput raja Sultan Singh Chauhan, a great grandson of "Harsh Dev Singh Chauhan".[3] Harsh was one of 21 sons of king Sangat Singh Chauhan.[3] Raja Sangat Singh was a great-grandnephew of king Prithviraj Chauhan (reign. c. 1178–1192 CE ) according to historical recorded by British raj Indian civil servant and historian Henry Elliot (1817-1907).[4] Raja Sultan Singh Chauhan established Sultanpur in 1474 Vikram Samwat (1417 or 1418 CE) after wresting it from Silar Muslims.[3] Silar Muslims, a branch of Oghuz Turks, originated from the invader Mahmud of Ghazni's (971 – 1030 CE) nephew Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud (1014 – 1034 CE) buried in Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh.[5][6] Sultanpur was the biggest village (covering 52000 bighas of land) under Farrukhnagar and many of the present day villages around it have originated as dhanis i.e. temporary farmer's shelters within the "lal dora" revenue boundary of Sultanpur.[3]

The region around Sultanpur was called Dhundhoti. Sultanpur was the center of salt production for use in Delhi and the United Provinces of British India till the late 19th century exporting annually 250000 quintals (680000 maunds) over the Rajputana-Malwa Railway. The Farrukhnagar railway station and metre-gauge railway train service was started on 14 February 1873, and there were a couple of railway sidings at Sultanpur for loading salt into the train wagons.[3] Sultanpur had an ancient mosque dating back to the period of Sultan of Delhi, Ghiyas ud din Balban (1200–1287 CE). Two slabs of red sandstone bearing Arabic inscriptions taken from this mosque are fixed on the southern wall of the Jama Masjid at Farrukhnagar.[7] The foundation of this mosque was clearly visible a few decades ago as per old residents of Sultanpur.

Salt was produced by extracting brine from about 40 saline water wells using bullocks and drying in open plots. Since salt was one of the major sources of Government revenue, the office of the salt superintendent at Sultanpur supervised the levy of ₹2 tax per maund. With the levy of the heavy salt tax and acquisition of the Sambhar salt works in Rajputana by the British Indian Government the Sultanpur Salt became uneconomical and by 1903-04 the salt industry was struggling for survival with salt export having fallen to 65000 maunds leading to severe setback to the economy of the Sultanpur area. Finally, in 1923 the British shut down the office of the salt superintendent, had all the mounds of salt thrown back into the wells and shut down the salt industry leading to considerable economic misery to the people.[8]

Red-wattled lapwing (Vanellus indicus) at Sultanpur
Sarus crane (Grus antigone) at Sultanpur

Establishment of bird sanctuary[edit]

As a bird sanctuary it was the find of Peter Jackson (1926 – 2016 CE), 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, and she asked him to take her there.

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. On 13 July 1989 the reserve was upgraded to a National Park.[9][10] It has an area of 1.43 km².[11]

Among approximately 1,800 migratory bird species out of total 10,000 species of birds in the world, nearly 370 species migrate to India due to seasonal changes, including 175 long-distance migration species that use the Central Asian Flyway route,[1][2] and among those over 250 species of birds have been sighted at this protected area.

Earlier before the construction of bandhs and drainage areas around Sultanpur remained waterlogged and attracted a large numbers of migratory birds and hunters, many from the Diplomatic Corps at Delhi. Now however the bird sanctuary is artificially revived using pumped water from the Yamuna river.

Visitors are required to ₹5.00 entry fee and mandatorily show identity card to visit Sultanpur National Park.

Resident birds[edit]

Resident birds include the common hoopoe, paddyfield pipit, purple sunbird, little cormorant, Indian cormorant, common spoonbill, gray francolin, black francolin, Indian roller, white-throated kingfisher, spotbill, painted stork, black-necked stork, white ibis, black-headed ibis, little egret, great egret, cattle egret, crested lark, red-vented bulbul, rose-ringed parakeet, red-wattled lapwing, shikra, Eurasian collared dove, red-collared dove, laughing dove, spotted owlet, rock pigeon, magpie robin, greater coucal, weaver bird, bank mynah, common mynah and green bee-eater.

The White-throated kingfisher is a resident bird at Sultanpur

Migratory birds[edit]

Every year over a hundred migratory bird species visit here to feed. In winter the sanctuary provides is a panorama of migratory birds such as Siberian crane, greater flamingo, ruff, black-winged stilt, common teal, common greenshank, northern pintail, yellow wagtail, white wagtail, northern shoveller, rosy pelican, spot-billed pelican, gadwall, wood sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, Eurasian wigeon, black-tailed godwit, spotted redshank, starling, 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, knob-billed duck, blue-cheeked bee-eater, blue-tailed bee-eater and cuckoos come here.

In addition to the many birds, animals such as blue bull and black buck are also seen here.[12][13] Trees which are popular with the birds like acacia nilotica, acacia tortilis, berberis and neem have been planted.

Facilities[edit]

The park is a popular picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and the NCR (National Capital Region), especially during the winter migration months when thousands of birds visit here from across the globe. There are four watch towers (machans) located at different points, an education and interpretation center, a library, films, slides and binoculars for the benefit of bird lovers. A walk along the perimeter of the park takes up to two hours. A room dedicated to the memory of Dr. Salim Ali, which contains his bust, photographs, write ups, and some of his personal effects. There is public parking, bathrooms, drinking water facilities and a children's park in the reserve. For those wishing to stay overnight, the park also has a well-appointed guest house with all amenities.[14][15]

  • Timings: 7:00 AM to 4:30PM, If anyone desires to enter the park before 7:00 AM, he/she has to obtain entry permit, one day in advance from date of entry from Divisional Wildlife Officer Office Gurgaon (0124-2222272). Not more than ten person will be allowed on any day before 7:00 AM.
  • Note: Park will remains closed on every Tuesday.

The park is 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Delhi and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Gurgaon on the Gurgaon – Farukh Nagar Road.

Image gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sekercioglu, C.H. (2007). "Conservation ecology: area trumps mobility in fragment bird extinctions". Current Biology. 17 (8): 283–286. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.02.019. PMID 17437705. 
  2. ^ a b "Pallid harrier spotted in Asola Bhatti Sanctuary as migratory birds arrive in Delhi.", Hindustan Times, 27 Nov 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Miscellaneous Revenue". Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 20. p. 349. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  4. ^ 1877, Gazetteer of the province of Oudh, p28.
  5. ^ Maneka Gandhi and Ozair Husain, 2004, The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names.
  6. ^ Anna Suvorova 2004, p. 156.
  7. ^ http://www.revenueharyana.gov.in/html/gazeteers/hrygazI/Hr-Gaz-Ch-5.htm
  8. ^ "Misc Revenue". The Imperial Gazetteer of India. 1909. p. 349, v. 20. 
  9. ^ Peter Jackson Interview Sanctuary Asia, (12/2000) "Interviews", December, 2000.
  10. ^ Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and National Park www.birding.in.
  11. ^ Wildlife Protected Areas in Haryana www.wii.gov.in.
  12. ^ Wildlife Tours India, About Sultanpur National Park
  13. ^ Wildlife Institute of India, Directory of Wildlife Protected Areas in India, wii.gov.in
  14. ^ "Sultanpur National Park & Bird Sanctuary". haryana-online.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Sultanpur National Park". Haryana Tourism. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 

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