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Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary - offbeat peaceful yet full of natural beauty

I had been here in Jan-18 . Kulik is flowing near this bird sanctuary . You can see lots of... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
Samir S
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Mumbai Suburban District, India
Good experience

The place is very nice. Nice atmosphere. It is near from raiganj town solidarity more. 1 kilometers... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
gsaha1
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

i visit yesterday it is looking nice and osdowm. new look of the forest and many new things is added on the forest. like the place again for new creativity

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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The place is very nice. Nice atmosphere. It is near from raiganj town solidarity more. 1 kilometers from solidarity more

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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

It's Asia's 2nd largest birds sanctuary and India's largest birds sanctuary. Most of people doesn't know that...

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

There is limited information in public domain on Raiganj Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary does not have its own website the only material available is North-Dinajpur district website. There are just about few blogs written by Bird lovers and nature lovers in addition to the district web-page. Thus armed with some skimpy information, we arrived at Kulik.

Kulik has been recommended as a RAMSAR site by the Bombay Natural History Society (Ramsar convention – is an international legislation for protection of wetlands). There is a dire need to do so and protect this beautiful paradise, which is seriously threatened by neglect, human invasion and a highly polluting National Highway (NH 34) running through it. In the same light, North-Dinajpur and South-Dinajpur districts are full of water bodies. As a matter of fact there are 6 ~ 7 large lakes in South-Dinajpur and perhaps 3 or 4 rivers & streams that flow through these districts. This, I am certain, makes a great shelter for large number of birds - domestic and migratory.

Early morning, as I stepped on to the balcony, there was excitement & emotion! The tree tops around the Tourist Lodge were full of Asian Open Bill Stork nests, the birds nursing their young ones. I rushed up to the roof top and all I could see was a sea of open bill stork nests with 2 – 3 chicks sticking their necks out and gazing at me just a couple of meters away. The parents extra cautious of my presence so close, kept a close vigil on my movements. I simply sat there and watched in amusement as they repaired their nests, fed the young ones and nursed themselves.
What a beauty!

Raiganj Bird Sanctuary hosts around 90,000 birds of 50 – 60 different species (may be more). The largest population being Open Bill Stork, Cormorants, Herons & Egrets. The Storks begin to arrive in June/July and Aug – Nov is the time for nursing the young chicks till they are ready to take off in winter.

3  Thank ad0312
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This is a Bird sanctuary located alongside NH 34 and Kulik River in the outskirts of beautiful small town Raiganj, West Bengal. It's a few days I had managed a vacation for a shorter period from my very busy corporate schedule and took my family for the wonderland.

The government guest house there is fully covered by various types of trees which you can access from the sprawled balcony with a great view of beautifully carved garden where there is a dedicated kids playing zone.

The speciality of the sanctuary is more than a lakh birds directly flown from Siberia which comes every year for six months in this season, breeds and again fly back to Siberia.

We were welcomed by rain this time which we have enjoyed to the fullest by drenching and dancing with the birds, took a dip into the refreshingly cold river of Kulik.

One more amazing thing that we will remember is Robi's tea stall which is a must visit in the evening.

The worst thing was we had to return but took an oath to return soon.

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