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Ropar Wetland

Ropar Wetland

Ropar wetland is one of Punjab’s prized possessions and has an assortment of flora and varieties of wildlife. Ropar wetlands accompanied the construction of a barrage over the Sutlej in 1952. An important habitat for quite a few endangered species in the Shivalik foothills such as the scaly ant-eater and the python. This is also an important breeding place for the smooth Indian otter, hog deer, sambhar, pangolin and many more.

There are almost about 35 species of fish have been confirmed. It gives a shelter to a variety of both local and migratory birds like coots, common pochard, red-crested pochard tufted pochard and shovellar. These wet lands provides habitat to 19 species of trees, 13 species of shrub and grass and nearly 15 species of aquatic plant. The Ministry of Environment and Forests honored the wetlands with status of the national area in 1990. It is a man-made freshwater rivulet wetland and is positioned just 9 km away from Ropar or can say Rupnagar town.

It plays a remarkable hydrological role in charging the aquifers, as well as provides protection from floods and enhances the quality of water. It is nestled on the land of the wetland in a tourism complex called “Pinccasia”, governed by the Punjab Tourism Development Corporation. Ropar wetland was designated as a Ramsar Site in February 2002. It is also known with a reference, The Ropar Lake is a perfect site for bird watching and boating. More than 250 varieties of migratory birds come here from all over the world. Visiting Satluj Water Body Wetland at Ropar is a dream-come-true for the birdwatchers and ornithologists alike.

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