A blue green lake, 43 kilometres from Dehradun, has today become a hot spot for nature-lovers and birdwatchers. Enthusiasts can be seen training their lenses on the winged beauties at the Assan Barrage, which offers most delightful experiences to those interested in photography and conservation of the eco-system. The Assan Barrage is a man-made lake, developed in 1967 when the Dhalipur power house was under construction.
Lying at the confluence of the rivers Yamuna and Assan, it is popularly known as Dhalipur Lake and enjoys distinct summer and winter seasons. Close to 53 species of water birds can be found here. Migratory birds make this reservoir their habitat as they journey to their winter destinations. The Brahmini duck, red crested poacher, pintail, mallard, coot, common teal and tufted duck are some of the species that throng the park. A bird-watching safari is highly recommended for avid bird-watchers.
The Assan Barrage also offers boating facilities and is a treasure chest of adventure and bird-watching. This wetland covers the area of approximately four square kilometers. It has acquired a name of its own in recent years since hundreds of birds, including the migratory ones, visit this man-made sanctuary. The birds are spotted here in October- November and February-March. The 2008 winter census of birds at the Assan Barrage had recorded around 6,500 birds, an impressive figure. The Forest Department has created track routes in the area, much to the delight of the bird-watchers and the nature-lovers. Eco-huts have also been set up in the area for the convenience of the tourists and bird-watchers.
HOW TO REACH
- Dehradun – Asan : 43 km motorable.