Bird watching on Surwal Lake near Sawai Madhopur in Ranthambhore area in Rajasthan
Surwal Lake is approachable via 30 minute drive from ranthambhore and 15 minute drive from Sawai madhopur. Surwal Lake is a shallow lake surrounded by farms and villages and considered a haven for bird watching.
Walkway / dirt road around Surwal Lake is 7 km in length and on one side there is the lake and on the other side are farms. Waterbirds are visible on the lake especially in second half of winter when water gets shallow and fish eating birds make merry. Other birds are visible around farms / fields / water canals on the other side.
Morning time around Sunrise is considered best when more than 50 bird species can be spotted within couple of hours of walk. Some of the species that were spotted include Bar headed Geese, Grey heron, White Breasted Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Shrike, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, Hoopoe, Common Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Egret, Red Wattled Lapwing, Stilt, River Tern, Pelican etc.
Surwal Lake offers an excellent alternative to somewhat touristy Ranthambhore Park safaris and recommended specifically for Bird watchers and Bird Photographers.