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Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary is situated near Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur district in the Indian state of West Bengal. India’s Second Largest bird Sanctuary, and gets over 71,000 birds every year.
The sanctuary spanning an area of 1.30 sq km is often claimed as the second largest bird sanctuary across Asia. The area of the sanctuary is around 1.30 km². The core area is about 0.14 km² and the rest is buffer area. The river flows around part of the sanctuary and acts as the boundary in its eastern and southern parts. The shape of the sanctuary is that of the English alphabet "U". The sanctuary has a network of artificial canals connected with the river Kulik. During monsoon the river water enters the sanctuary, which supports a wide variety of food for the birds, particularly for the Asian openbill, whose main diet is apple snail. The sanctuary is home to 164 species of birds. The Kulik Bird sanctuary was first opened with some species of flora, which include Jarul, kadam, Sisoo and eucalyptus. Now, you will find some other trees like Simul, Siris, Khair, Akashmoni, Minigiri, Khadam, Lali and Sal. The beautiful and extensive swamp land on the river bank of Kulik is an added attraction of the tourists.
The development of the area began in 1970, as part of the social forestry programme of the Government of West Bengal. The department planted tree species like kadam, jarul, sisoo and eucalyptus which were classified as tropical dry deciduous forest. With the Asian openbill and other species of migratory birds flocking to the artificial forest during the hatching season, it was officially designated as the "Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary" in the year 1985. It is popularly known as Kulik Bird Sanctuary because the river Kulik flows beside the sanctuary.
Local birds like dove, bulbul, sparrow, king fisher, woodpeckers, owl, duck & cuckoo, can also be seen in large numbers. The migratory birds arrive from end of May to Ist week of July and depart from mid December to end of January. The nesting time is from July to August & egg laying from August to September. The flying training to the young ones is the best time to observe the birds, around October to November.
Kulik Bird SanctuaryTimings:All days of the week - 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m
Best time to visit: October to March
Adults: Rs. 40,
Video Cameras: Rs. 200
Hoiw to Reach,
Buses are also plying from Esplanade to Raiganj. Kulik is 3 km from Raiganj. Rickshaws are available from Raiganj to reach Kulik.
Nearest Railway Station: Dalkolha Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport
Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary,
West Bengal 733134