Created in 1967 after the construction of Assan Barrage at the confluence of river Yamuna and Asan through Dhalipur power house, Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary is 41.9 Kms away from Dehradun on Dehradun-Paonta road.
In the manmade reservoir Assan Barrage, water level is controlled but it often goes down creating muddy islands in the middle. This attracts variety of birds like egrets, shoveller ,herons and lapwings.
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary Tourism
Assan Barrage, popularly known as Dhalipur lake is an ideal destination for bird lovers, ornithologists and naturalists. Every year, hundreds of students of ornithology come to watch and identify birds at Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary.
Trans-Himalayan migratory birds take halt in Assan Barrage during the winter. You can spot birds on their way from southern India during October to November and on their way back from February to March. From early May to end September, you will get to see 53 species of birds among which 19 are migrants form Eurasia. The first to arrive is Shoveller, and then comes Ruddy Shelduck followed by Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Egrets, Wagtails, Pond Heron and others. 90% of water-bird population during winter months comprises of 11 migratory species- Brahminy Duck, Common Pochard, Common Teal, Coot, Gadwall, Mallard, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard, Shoveller and Tufted Duck.
Besides bird watching, the wanderer tourists would definitely like to walk nearby the Sal forest of Timli. Along with good feelings in the heart, travelers gain knowledge about the vegetation and environment. While in Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, tourists do not miss to visit Ashoka’s pillar built in 450 BC representing the post-warfare era when King Ashoka converted to Buddhist faith.
If the tourists have longer trip and want to explore Dehradun district, the trip can be arranged like this – first go to Assan Barrage from Dehradun then head towards Vikashnagar, then to Dakpathar Barrage, go to Kalsi village- watch rock edict, walk through the Yamuna, chitchat with villagers and finally go to Chakrata- watch Tiger Falls, Ram Tal, Deoban, Mundali, Kanasar, Tyuni and Hanol. You can explore many other villages in between Kalsi and Chakrata. This trip will not only refresh you but also allow you to know people and places vividly. Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is worth exploring.
Vegetation and Flora in Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
The aquatic vegetation of the reservoir consists of common water hyacinth, fennel pondweed, elephant grass, and hornwort. The surrounding bushes include cocklebur, false daisy, morning glory, touch-me-not, prickly chaff flower, knotweed, shy-leaf, stone breaker, heartleaf, miniature beefsteak and west Indian lantana. On the southern side, agricultural fields surround the barrage. Further south there is mixed forest in Siwalik comprising principally sal tree, dhaora tree, Indian ash tree, sheesham tree and cotton tree.
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary | Best Time to Visit
Winters are exciting for bird lovers with chill weather. But early May to end September are more meaningful to serious bird watchers. During these months, local migratory birds like painted stork, open billed stork, night heron can be seen. Flock of 25-40 painted stork are seen every year during these months.
Early May to end September are more meaningful to serious bird watchers. During these months, local migratory birds like painted stork, open billed stork, night heron can be seen. Flock of 25-40 painted stork are seen every year during these months.
Weather in Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
- Assan Barrage experiences pleasant climate with max.30° C to min.14°C temperature during summer, max. 21°C to min.2°C during winter.
- Monsoon in Assan Barrage is from June to September with 250cm rainfall.
- Winters are exciting for bird lovers with chill weather.
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary | How to reach?
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary is 41.9Km away from Dehradun. Tourists should first reach Dehradun by Airways (Jolly Grant Airport), railways or roadways. Dehradun is well connected to rest of India with rail and road ways. You can hire a taxi or car from Dehradun and in 50 minutes drive, you will be at Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary.
One can reach Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary in 22 minutes from Kalsi as the drive way is traffic free. The distance is 21.4Km. From Vikashnagar, the distance is 11.6Km and Chakrata is 65 Km away from Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary.
Route to Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
- Dehradun – Prem Nagar – Rampura Selakui – Sahaspur – Herbertpur – Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
- Dehradun – Mussoorie – Bhediyana – Kalsi – Dakpatthar – Vikashnagar – Herbertpur – Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary | Where to stay?
There are well facilitated forest rest house run by forest department of Uttarakhand government.
The facilities include 2 A/C suites overlooking river Yamuna, 4 A/C double-bedded cottage with attached baths, camping facilities, play ground, mini zoo, food and guide facilities. Local community is involved in the operation of the destination and package tours.
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