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Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary lies in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, on Kanpur-Lucknow highway. It is one of the best and the most prominent sanctuaries of India.

The sanctuary features a spectacular lake and beautiful natural surroundings. The place is one of the wetlands of North India. It is home to about 250 species of migratory birds. They are mostly from Russia and Europe. However, since the past decade, their numbers are decreasing, as most birds are relocating to Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Despite this the attraction of Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary does not lessen. Tourists can still find amazing birds and wildlife here.


Bird population at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary contains a mix of migratory birds and resident birds. Migratory birds come here from across the Himalayas, from China, Tibet, Siberia, and Europe during winter. Many birds travel more than 5000 km and fly over 8500 m high to land in this sanctuary.

A few of the eye-catching birds include red-crested Pochard, Cotton Teal, Greylag Goose, Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Malard, and Coot.

Residential birds and those that migrate from local areas include white-necked Stork, Dabchick, Open-Bill Stork, White Ibis, Peacock, Painted Stork, Spotwill, Whistling Teal, Sarus Crane, purple Moorhen, bronze-winged Jacana, Pigeon, Lapwing, pheasant-tailed Jacana, Tern Vulture, King Crow, Bee Eater, and Indian Roller.

Watching peacock in full plumage and purple Moorhen in dreamy shades is something that stays with tourists even when they return home. The small Barking Deer and the Spotted Deer with interestingly curved horns draw tourists in large numbers.

As tourists enter the sanctuary, they are greeted with melodious and intriguing natural sounds and music from birds and animals found here. They pull tourists towards them.

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary also harbors reptiles like viper, cobra, ratsnake, water snake, and krait.

Best Time to Visit

Tourists can come to Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary all year round. However, winters are best for visit, from November to March, as tourists can watch the marvelous migratory birds.


Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary has a guesthouse that features bedding and lodging. There is also a children park and a restaurant.

Several hotels are located nearby the sanctuary, so there is no problem of accommodation for tourists visiting this place.


Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary features a deer park, which houses spotted deer and barking deer. They pose as one of the chief attractions.

The Sanctuary is a classic place for photographers and picnic-lovers. Visitors can also find a Center for Interpretation of Birds. There are also watchtowers and boats here.

How to Reach

Lucknow Amausi Airport has direct flights from Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Patna. Lucknow railway junction is linked directly to chief cities of India. This Golden City is also well connected to all big cities of India by roads.

Nawab Ganj Bird Sanctuary is a 45-km drive from Kanpur Railway Station. Tourists can hire a cab or board a tourist bus.