Hastinapur Wild Life Sanctuary
abundance and variety of wild life in Uttar Pradesh is a gift that the
state has received in as its legacy. The Hastinapur Wild Life Sanctuary,
lies alongside the Northern tip of the River Ganga, flowing thru the
districts of Muzzafarnagar and Bijnore. The sanctuary extends all the
way to the districts of Hapur and Amroha .The regions of Khaadar, Khola
and Bangar are also assimilated in the total spread of the sanctuary.
older route of the River Ganga , which is now just a swampy area is
well known for the inhabitation of the Twelve – Horned Deers or the
“Baara Singha” as famously known. The now defunct route / region of the
Ganga is also known as “Boodhi Ganga” region [Region of Old Lady
Ganga].The Khola Region of the sanctuary is covered with dense forest
whereas the Khaadar region is mainly wide expanses of grass-land with a
sprinkling of forests. The region is home to the State animal –Swamp
Deer, in addition Hog Deer, Cheetal and Sambar are also found. The State
Bird, The Saaras [Crane] also finds sanctuary in the region. Pythons
are found in numbers in the area. In the numerous water bodies dotting
the region, Wild Otter and a variety of fishes are found. Crocodiles
are abundant in the River Ganga and can be seen basking in the Sun quite
often during winter months. Turtles also inhabit the Ganga River and
are home to many a variety of the amphibian. Playful Ganga Dolphins are
an attractive sight on the stretch between the Barrage at Bijnore to
Brajghat in Hapur district.
Crocodile Breeding Projects, baby crocodiles are released in the Ganga
River near Hastinapur. Under the aegis of WWF, the Turtle
Rehabilitation Program also has its centre near the Hastinapur
Sanctuary. Migratory Birds, both local and foreign flock in numbers near
the numerous water bodies present in the region. The Hastinapur Wild
Life Sanctuary is a part of “Asia Flyway” project. The district of
Meerut is also home to the Leopards, which is an indication of a
healthy, eco-friendly environment.
remains of Mahabharata period can also be seen in Hastinapur. The holy,
pilgrimage site of the Jains, “Jambu Dweep”, is also in Hastinapur. The
famous temple of “Shuk Dev” in Shuk Taal, a temple dedicated tp Lord
Hanuman, having a 72 feet high statue of Lord Hanuman and the bathing
ghats at Braj Ghat are some of the major tourist attractions, in the
precinct of the Sanctuary.
Wild Life in the Sanctuary
– Leopard, Wild Cats, Monkey, Fox, Wolf, Jackals, Mongoose, Bijju,
Deers, Wild Hogs, Hares/Rabbits, Musk-Rats and Bats etc inhabit the
Amphibians /Reptiles – Turtles, Python, Cobra Krait and viper are found in large numbers in the region. Crocodiles are also commonly found.
Birds – Brown
Partridges, Black Partridge, Quail, Peacock , Pigeon, Falcons and
Hawks, Spotted Bill, Cranes, Eagles, Owls, White Vulture, Cuckoo
and Nightingales. Kingfishers, Mynahs, Red-Vented Bulbuls,
Sparrows, Baya etc are found in abundance in the region.