Hari-ke-pattan, Amritsar, National Wetland & Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Punjab’s eminent wetlands and bird reserves. The oasis of idyllic green is situated near the districts of Harike, Amritsar, Kapurthala and Ferozepur and hence is flooded with local citizens as well as tourists.
Hari-ke-pattan sanctuary also encloses a sparkling, sylvan lake that gleams like a mirage of quicksilver in the streaming sunlight. The lake is possibly the most significant water body of the state and witnesses the influx of nearly 350 species of exotic migratory birds from as far as Siberia during the freezing winters.
Cormorants, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Open billed Stork, Spoonbill and White Ibis, Little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts, a few migratory ducks and occasionally Grey Pelicans are some of the rare species of birds that are the pride of the place. Another feather in the reserve’s cap is its sweet water fish market, supposedly the largest in the country.
Hari-ke-pattan, Amritsar, National Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary is a coveted haunt of ornithologists and bird and animal lovers who sit in the wilderness and watch the colorful and disciplined birds go about their daily lives as the hours while away.