Rajasthan is known for its diverse topography. Among the hills of the Aravallis and Vindhyan has nestled a sanctuary for a variety of wild animals and birds. On the outskirts of the Ranthambore National Park in the Sawai Madhopur district, the famous lake is Surwal Lake of Ranthambore. Surwal Lake is a seasonal lake and home to almost 300 species of birds. About 10 km from Sawai Madhopur Township, is the Surwal Lake, a quiet sojourn amidst the dense forests of Ranthambore. The Lake is not situated inside the Ranthambore National Park and is free to access even when the national park is not open and there are not many restrictions for visiting and bird watching as in the national park.
The lake is beautiful in the winter months between October and March with plenty of water and lush vegetation surrounding it.
Surwal Lake is congenial via 30 minute drive from ranthambhore and 15 minute drive from Sawai madhopur. Surwal Lake is a shallow lake encompassed by ranches and villages and considered a safe house for bird watching.
Walkway/back road around Surwal Lake is 7 km long and on one side there is the lake and on the opposite side are ranches. Waterbirds are noticeable on the lake particularly in last part of winter when water gets shallow and fish eating birds make cheerful. Different birds are noticeable around ranches/fields/water trenches on the opposite side.Morning time around Sunrise is viewed as best when beyond what 50 bird species can be spotted inside several hours of walk. A portion of the animal categories that were spotted incorporate Bar headed Geese, Gray 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 and so on.
Surwal Lake is a seasonal lake and home to very nearly 300 types of birds. Around 10 km from Sawai Madhopur Township, is the Surwal Lake, a calm visit in the midst of the thick timberlands of Ranthambore. The Lake isn’t arranged inside the Ranthambore National Park and is allowed to get to in any event, when the public park isn’t open and there are relatively few limitations for visiting and bird looking as in the public park.Professional bird watchers, nature photographers, and nature lovers have a field day sighting the many varieties of birds. During these months, birds can be seen hunting for food and building nests in the early mornings, especially before daybreak. Birders can come out with their binoculars and sharp cameras and identify at least a 100 bird species in one morning. The chirping of the birds accompanied by their calls and song make it an experience to remember.
During the summers, because of the intense heat in Rajasthan, this shallow lake evaporates and birds relocate again till the following season. So plan your outing to Ranthambore and the Surwal Lake in the cold weather a very long time among November and March to loosen up in the immaculate environmental elements of the Surwal Lake and bring back home a few beautiful recollections and photos of nature.