It was a cold Sunday morning when we drove to Dighal Wetlands via Basai from Gurgaon, a distance of 62 kms. At 6 am in the morning there was hardly any traffic on the road but plenty of fog in fields adjoining the Jhajjar Rohtak highway. It took us about an hour and a half to reach.
After a quick cup of “chai” at a local chaiwallah in Dighal, where we also met our local Bird Guide, Rakesh Ahlawat, we started our journey to watch birds. Rakesh Ahlawat is a local boy, so who better to show us around.
Dighal is a village in District Jhajjar surrounded by a number of natural water bodies making it a favourite destination for a large species of migratory birds. For once it was nice to see locals actually taking interest in the conservation of wildlife.
The wetlands here do not have big trees except for tall grass or small bushes on which these birds rest. It is definitely one of the less traveled birding destination but it is more beautiful than Sultanpur and probably has more birds in season. We spent about 4-5 hours and left very happy.