There are lots of excursion options around Lucknow. While some of these places such as Naimisaranya and Dewa Sharif are a single day trip, others like Dudhwa National Park and Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary are marvelous weekend destination. Following are some of the most favorite excursion destinations around Lucknow: -
Dudhwa National Park
Dudhwa National Park is stretched in an area across 810 square
kilometers. The core area of the park itself is spanned around 650
square Kilometers. Although Dudhwa National Park has a range of animal
as well as avian population, the park is famous as a perfect habitat for
Swamp deer and Tigers. Dudhwa National Park was declared a national park
in the year 1958. In the due course, keeping in mind its importance, it
was first converted to a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1977 and was
later declared a Project Tiger reserve in the year 1988.
Dewa Sharif is a pilgrimage town that is situated just 40 odd
Kilometers from Lucknow and 12 kilometers from the district headquarter
of Barabanki. This pilgrimage site has a special place in the history of
Awadh because of its efforts towards secularism in an otherwise
communally volatile province. The place is renowned as the birthplace of
Hajji Waris Ali Shah who was to influence the lives of many generations
of people with his message of universal love for humanity.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is not only the best available Bird Sanctuary
in Uttar Pradesh but also one of the most prominent in whole of India.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a great excursion destination around
Lucknow. Although Nawabganj Sanctuary is a small bird Sanctuary that is
spread across 4 square kilometers, it attracts lots of migratory birds
during winters. The sanctuary is precisely confined to an area that
encloses the lake. This is a natural lake and has a very beautiful
environ around it thus it attracts a lot of avian population
It is said that Naimisaranya was the place where Bhagavatam was spoken.
It is also said that a pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath is
incomplete without a visit to Naimisaranya. In the Mahabharata it is
said, "Anyone who fasts, prays, and attains perfection at
Naimisaranya finds happiness in all the worlds."