Imagine a pristine blue lake lined by the
ruins of a long forgotten kingdom. Jarasandh’s Jalesar of
the Mahabharat period and equally majestic Khajur trees,
that’s Patna. Maintaining a constant vigil over this tiny
jewel is Lord Shiva’s age-old temple believed to have been
built by King Jarasandh.
Though on paper it is the smallest bird sanctuary in U.P.
covering a wetland area of a mere 1 sq.km., Patna vies with
the best when it comes to its avifauna - over 200,000 birds
transform the lake into a riot of colours, sounds and forms.
Every morning Patna reverberates with the songs of over
fifty thousand Pied Mynas who have made the adjoining areas
of the lake their home, glorifying the dawn of another
The major part of the day is spent by
them foraging in the fields close by and in the evening
Patna again comes alive with their flight back to their
roost. This also marks the time to watch the most beautiful
sights at sunset, when the orange ball of fire bathes the
lake waters and its environs in its multitude tones of
orange and red making it one of the best times to photograph
Patna situated in the Jalesar tehsil of Etah district in U.P.,
was declared a sanctuary in 1990. The year round temperature
varies from 47°C in peak summer to 4°C in winters. After the
Indian monsoon fills the lake to its brim comes the best
season to visit Patna, winter. Close to 200 different
species of birds can be seen during this time of the year.
Summer brings with it an altogether different spectacle,
with the winter visitors away, the resident Sarus Cranes
begin their nesting enlivening the environs around the lake.
Every morning songs of Pied Myanas dissolve
sweetness in the atmosphere of Patna . You may sight Blue Bull,
Fishing Cat, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Fox, Cobra, Pit Viper, Krait,
Turtles and Moniter Lizard, Koel, Cormorants, White Ibis, Ruff &
Reef, Ashy Wren-Warbler, Rosy Poster, Grey Shrike, Eastern Skylark,
Swallow, Crested Lark, Fantail Snipe, Pintail, Moorhen, Grey Quail,
Rain Quail, Osprey.