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Patna is located in the eastern half of India which is a region full of thick bush and forest which is the perfect habitat for wild animals. Bihar and Bengal are among the last strong holds of wildlife in India where several species continue to be seen in abundance. These last remaining wildernesses also attract a large number of adventurous tourists coming to experience the wildlife and nature before it disappears. Patna city no longer hosts large numbers of wild game but traveling a short distance from the city will deliver some spectacular sittings. Some places to see free wild animals near Patna include:
Saifpur for Bird Watching
Saifpur rice fields is the closest place a bird watcher could visit and see thousands of water birds eating fish and frogs in the rice fields. The rice field cover a huge area of over 15 square kilometres allowing for a bird watcher to spend their entire day searching for different birds. There are many migratory birds which pass from the Saifpur rice fields before heading north of south during the winter. There have been over 15 species of water birds documented in the region with several other foul species like sand grouse also seen in the rice fields. The rice field also attract other fowl and birds which come to eat the rice.
Gyanpur is another Ganges Flood plain which is uninhabited and used for rice farming. There are no roads leading in to the rice field so make sure to pack you lunch and carry water in your backpack since you need to walk between the rice paddies to see the birds. A popular place to leave your car is the small settlement Sanjoel where there are some shops you could get refreshments once back from your bird watch. The same varieties of birds found at Saifpur are also found on this rice paddy. Raghunathpur is yet another rice growing flood plain you could visit but it’s across the Ganges River and may require you to travel some distance before finding a suitable bridge.
Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve
This is among the most prominent wild life reserves in Bihar and situated around 300KM from Patna. You require having your own mode of transport to reach the Reserve but can hire cars once you get to the reserve. Make sure you carry a good camera before going to the reserve since you are sure to see a large number of wild animals including Tigers, Samba, Chittal, Wild buffalo, wild elephants and many others. This reserve is also one of the last strong holds of crocodiles in Bihar and with some luck on your side you should be able to see them.
Baraila Lake and Forest
For people looking to go on a closer outing visiting the Baraila Lake and forest is a suitable option where you will be able to see antelope and several other wild animals native to the region. Once again it is advisable for you to visit the forest in your own 4 wheel conveyance since it increases the amount of safety while encountering wild animals.
Wildlife has always been abundant in Bihar and Bengal with many of the remote regions still retaining its native wildlife. Although few and far apart Patna residents do have some unique places they can visit and enjoy Patna’s wildlife, some found no where else.