Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary
The Asan Barrage, popularly known as Dhalipur lake, was created in the year 1967
as a result of the construction of Asan barrage at the confluence of the river Yamuna
& Asan through Dhalipur power house. Asan Barrage, 40 kms west of Dehradun, in the
west of Dehradun valley on Dehradun-Paonta Road is famous for bird watching.
The Asan reservoir attracts 53 species of water birds of which 19 are winter migrants
from Eurasia. During winter months 90% of the waterbird population comprises the
following 11 migratory species, namely Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard,
Gadwall, Common Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Wigeon, Common Teal, Tufted Duck, and Shoveller.
The Asan Reservoir is a small man-made wetland of ca. 4 sq km area. situated near
the confluence of the rivers Asan and Yamuna. The Asan reservoir exists throughout
the year and is fed from the river Asan and the discharge channel of Yamuna through
Dhalipur powerhouse. Although the water level is controlled, it often goes down,
and swampy islands in the middle become visible, attracting a variety of marsh-loving
birds like Egrets, Herons and Lapwings, etc.
Arrival & Departure
October November December March-end Or Early April, Sometimes April- end
How to get there:
By Road: The peripheral road has become a preferred route from Himachal,
Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh resulting in great traffic.