Bakhira Bird Sanctuary

Location Village- Jaswal, Bharwarlia in Sant Kabir Nagar district of U.P., India
Address Comes under Divisional Forest Officer, Sohagi Barwa Wildlife Division, Gorakhpur, headquarter of the Sanctuary is in Pakri Range, Maharajganj, U.P.
Ideal time to visit Nov.-March
Phone +91-9935744585, 9453006931 (FDFO, Maharajganj), 9453006932 (DFO, Gorakhpur)
Attractions Wildlife, Migratory Birds in winters
How to reachBy Road-1. Can be accessed via Gorakhpur-Khalilabad (35 km), through NH-28, then 17 km on Khalilabad-Bansi road
2. From Gorakhpur to Sahjanwa (20 km) on NH-28, then 23 km from Sahjanwa to Jaswal & 3 km from Jaswal village
By Rail-Nearest railhead Khalilabad on Gorakhpur-Lucknow NER Railway Line
By Air-Gorakhpur Airport 49km

This is an important and largest natural flood plain wetland in the eastern U.P., which provides a wintering & staging ground for a number of migratory waterfowls & a breeding ground for resident birds. Bakhira Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 28.94 sq. km and was declared a bird Sanctuary in 1990 by the Govt. order 822/14-3-60/1989, dated 14/5/1990. The Sanctuary is named after the small township Bakhira, located adjacent to the lake & there are about 108 villages surrounding the lake within 5 km radius.

This lake has algae,other small hydrophytic plants, small aquatic animals such as snails, insects & various varieties of fish in abundance which attract the birds here. Local species are found here round the year. In winter migratory birds from Tibet, China, Europe & Siberia come here, covering about 5000 km distance. During their winter migration these migratory birds start dropping in Bakhira from Oct. month & start returning in March with the onset summer. Presence of these migratory birds turns the Bird Sanctuary alive and becomes very attractive to watch during winter.
Local varieties- Indian purple Moorhen, also called Purple Swamp here is one of the most beautiful water birds found in India. This is a common resident of this Sanctuary and is locally called Kaima.
Forest Department can make arrangements for boating in the lake besides that local boats are also available.