Chandigarh, nestled in the Shivalik foothills, is literally a land where nature blooms. Why not it be a favourite hotspot for birds to visit? The marvel of views of seasonal migratory birds flocking the Sukhna Lake in autumn is just breathtaking. And thanks to this, our fascination for our winged friends has only grown. So, Bird Park in Chandigarh, why not?
Chandigarh got its Bird Park in November 2021. Since its inauguration by the First Lady Savita Kovind, wife of President of India, the Bird Park has been a rage among visitors thronging here from far and wide. The excitement can be gauged from the overwhelming 13,000 footfall in the very first five days of its inauguration. Home to nearly 550 exotic birds of 48 species, this park takes you to an enchanting wonderland.
Established by the UT Chandigarh Department of Forest and Wildlife, the Bird Park is sprawling beauty spread in 6.5 acres at Nagar Van behind Sukhna Lake. It is sensibly and sensitively designed keeping in mind free flight, habitat, nesting and breeding of different species of birds. It provides ample space of 58 feet flying height to each bird. Adorned with thousands of plants and trees making canopies of varying sizes, it creates an ideal habitat for birds of different species. Each herb, shrub, bush or tree is planted taking care of the needs of the birds.
Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, says that the bird park is modelled on Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. It is believed that this structure would be the tallest structure of the country in Aviary domain.
Main Attractions of Bird Park Chandigarh
Exotic Birds are the Superstars
Birds are hands down the superstars here. Nearly 550 exotic birds of 48 species including Aquatic, Terrestrial and Tamed are here but none is a sidekick to any nor anyone steals others’ thunder. Meet the star cast: African Love Birds, Budgerigars, White Swan, Black Swan, Wood duck, Golden Pheasant, Yellow Golden Pheasant, Green Wing Macaw, Dun Conures, African Grey Parrot, Finches and Melanistic Pheasant.
You get the guided tour of the aviaries and can click pictures with the birds.
Imbued in the astronomical and astrological principles, the Navgraha Vatika embodies the positivity of nine planets circling human life.
The sculpture amidst the garden is one of the most majestic one which fills you with awe and makes you feel humble before the superior powers in the space.
According to Indian Hindu astrology, every rashi or zodiac sign has its own related fauna and this garden is dedicated to it. Jamun is associated with taurus, dhaak with leo and mango with pisces. Adopting plant associated with one’s rashi or zodiac sign is one of the oldest astrological practice in India. It is believed to bring growth and positivity in life.
Journey from Sukhna Lake to Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature’s trail leading to Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is like a walk on less trodden road amidst the forest. The delights of chirping birds, fluttering radiant butterflies will surely make your day. Just a word of caution – be wary of the reptiles like snakes in the vicinity.
There are two aviaries sections in the Chandigarh Bird Park:
- Small Aviaries Section- It house the smaller birds like budgerigar and the love birds.
- Large Aviaries- With separate aviaries for terrestrial and aquatic birds.
Activities area, Cafeteria and a Souvenir Shop
Located at the exit point of the Bird Park, the café is a nice place to have snacks. No structure seems out of place here, trees are adorned with colourful paper decorations.
Location of Bird Park, Chandigarh:
Bird Park is located at Nagar Van (City Forests) behind Sukhna Lake, UT Chandigarh. (Location on Google maps)
Entry Fee of Bird Park, Chandigarh
|Sr. No.||Category||Ticket Rate (Per person)|
|1.||Entry ticket fee for Bird Park (Adult) [Indian]||Rs. 50/-|
|2.||Entry ticket fee for Bird Park (Adult) [Foreigner]||Rs. 100/-|
|3.||Entry ticket fee for Bird Park (Children 5 to 12 years)||Rs. 30/-|
|4.||Entry ticket fee for Tamed Section (Adult/ Children) [Indian]||Rs. 100/-|
|5.||Entry ticket fee for Tamed Section (Adult) [Foreigner]||Rs. 500/-|
Entry Fee for Students?
Entry is free for school students of UT Chandigarh along with accompanying teachers on their education trip, however one needs to take prior permission from the Department. A maximum of 30 students and 2 teachers are allowed in the Bird park in a day from one school.
TIMINGS OF VISIT BIRD PARK
|Entry time||Closing time (Last entry)|
|10.00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Monday & Tuesday||Closed for visitors; for maintenance and resting of birds|
The timings are revised as per the weather conditions. The revised timing was effective w.e.f. 6th May, 2022 till further order. (Last entry at 6:00 PM).
Signing off with some more alluring spectacles of the majestic Bird Park in Chandigarh