Hastinapur Sanctuary

The land of the Mahabharata, with the Ganges flowing by its side, the Hastinapur Sanctuary is located so, that it is a unique mixture of both swampy lands and deep forests. Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bijnore and Jyotiba Phule Nagar- the sanctuary is sprawled across these four cities of Uttar Pradesh. As a matter of fact, this is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries of India, with the total area of the sanctuary being one-third of the total conserved area of the state. Also, the conjunction of the forest with a river right beside it makes the sanctuary of Hastinapur an attractive proposition not only for the local fauna but also for a wide range of migratory birds.

Travel Tips

Irrespective of the time of the year when you are going there, be prepared to face extremes of climate, be it summer, winter, or monsoon. Keeping the weather conditions in mind, it is best to avoid the monsoon season. Winter is the time to go to Hastinapur. Also, be prepared to walk around a lot as it is very likely that you will not have too many vehicles ready to take you places.

When to visit

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Things to do

Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or someone who just wants to take a break from the sight of high-rises all around, Hastinapur Sanctuary is the ideal location as it has preserved nature in all its grandness. The sanctuary features a wide range of animals. Some of which are unique to the place. You are as likely to come across a swamp deer grazing, as you are to spot a blue bull or a leopard. Some of the other animals in the sanctuary are cheetal, hyena, wild cats, and alligators. Sloth-bear, civet, and wild pigs are also a common sight. However, it is not only the animals that are there to greet you once you enter the sanctuary. The swamp is also a favourite destination of the migratory birds which fly in from all across the world. Hastinapur Sanctuary is the residence of a staggering 350 species of birds. Sarus, painted stork, white necked stork, jungle owlet, Great Indian Horned Owl, woodpecker, kingfisher, bee-eater- the list can very well continue for quite some length before any name is repeated. And the best part is, the sights to see in the sanctuary are still not exhausted. The river has its fair share of attractions too, not the least of which is the Gangetic dolphin.

Getting Around

Getting around in the city of Hastinapur is the part where things become a bit tricky. Public transportation is not readily available. So your best bet will be to hire a cab to take you around the city. The cabs can be hired on hourly basis, as well as on the basis of the distance covered. The fare per kilometer is around Rs.9.

Places to Stay

There are quite a number of hotels in and around Hastinapur for you to choose from. Whether you are on a tight budget, or wants to splurge in luxury, you are sure to find the right accommodations for yourself.

How to Reach

  • You can also reach the sanctuary by boarding a plane and getting off at Delhi. From there you have to either take a car or bus to Hastinapur. The cab fare ranges between Rs.1400 and Rs.1600.
  • If you prefer trains over the other modes of transportation that is also at your disposal. Meerut is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 40 km from the sanctuary. The station is well connected to the rest of the country. The fare can ranger between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 for interstate travel, and between Rs.150 and Rs.300 for travelling within the state. From the station, you can hire a cab or take a bus to Hastinapur Sanctuary. The details can be found in sites like yatra.com. irctc.in, and makemytrip.com.
  • If you prefer to travel by road, Hastinapur is connected to all the parts of the state. Also, it is on the Delhi-Meerut-Pauri Highway, also known as Highway No. 119. You can either hire a car, or take an interstate bus.

Surrounding Attractions

After the sanctuary, from the wonders of nature, you can next turn your sight to the brilliance of human creations. The most magnificent of them all is the Kailash Parvat, where 72 temples have been cut out into the rock. A treasure house of marvelous sculptures and carvings, it is one of the major attractions of the region. Also nearby is the Lotus Temple. This Jain temple draws people from all across the world as much for its architectural grandeur, as for its spirituality. You can also take a look at the Ashtapad Temple, which also holds the distinction of being the tallest brick structure is Meerut, standing at a height of 151 ft.

Important Numbers

Police Control Room: 2660546,100

Bhupal Singh Perk Hospital: 2664893

Fire Brigade: 2643400

Abha Blood Bank, Delhi Road: 2529225