Hari ke Bird sanctuary

Location: - On the Faridkot / Firozpur –Amritsar highway very near to the small town of Makhu is the Hari ke bird sanctuary. Its almost 90 kms from Amritsar and 33 kms from the Tarntaran city.

Wet Lands & A Bird Sanctuary: - This bird sanctuary encompasses a large area of 10000 acres and is home to hundreds of endangered and migratory bird species and other flora and fauna. The wet land came in to existence as a head work on the river Sutlez was constructed in year 1953, this is the place where the two big rivers of Punjab the Sutlej and the river beas confluence, from the Hari ke barrage the two twin canals arise these are known as the Indira Gandhi Canals, This place in a convention of 1990 was accorded the status of Ramsar site.

The wet land was also accorded the status of a bird sanctuary in year 1982. It was called as Harike Pattan Bird sanctuary. Recently an extinct species of Indus dolphin (platameta-Gangetica) was sighted at the Hari ke wet lands. This specie was supposed to be extinct and its sighting is a great news. The Punjab govt is also planning to release some gharials (Gavialis Gangetions) in this wet land reserve to promote and increase its population. Gharials are an endangered species. There are more than 200 species of exotic and migratory birds found in this wet land. A day tour from Amritsar can be easily organized and riding a boat led by a naturalist the tourists can explore this wet land. One day is good enough to explore this bird sanctuary.