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Lakh Bahosi Bird Wildlife Sanctuary

Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary was created in 1988 with the aim of protection and conservation of the wetland with special emphasis to the local and migratory birds, conservation of their natural habitat including aquatic plants and animals. The Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai (BNHS) has also listed this Sanctuary as one of the ‘Important Bird Area’ sites. This wetland is included in the list of wetlands indefined under National Wetland Conservation Programme by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary consists of two main lakes i.e. Lakh & Bahosi named after respective villages. Approximately 50 thousand water fowls visit this Sanctuary every year between the month of November to March. This Wetland serves as their habitat for nesting as well as breeding for some birds. Thus, this sanctuary has become an attractive destination for the bird lovers as well as tourists since several years.

Lakh Bahosi Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary spread over two Jheels (shallow lakes) near the villages of Lakh and Bahosi (4 km apart) in Kannauj district. It is about 40 km from Kannauj. Primarily a bird sanctuary with rich diversity of avifauna, species from 49 genera of the total 97 inhabiting India can be seen in the sanctuary. It is one of India’s largest bird sanctuaries, covering 80 sq. km, also includes a stretch of the Upper Ganges canal. The sanctuary plays host to various migratory birds from November to March. Jackal, blue bull, mongoose, fishing cat and monkeys may also be spotted here. A separate lake at nearby Lakh village hosts some similar species, though the relative ecology is somewhat different. The best time to visit is December to February.

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