If you are a wildlife lover and would love to experience turtles near Chandigarh, then this post is for you. A new turtle park is coming up near Chandigarh in Haryana. An initiative of Haryana Government this turtle park cum reservoir would intend to save these endangered species.
The two endangered species, Indian flapshell turtle and Indian softshell turtle will find a home in Kurukshetra district at around just 93 km away from Chandigarh.
Location of The Turtle park
The turtle park will be created in the historical pond of Thana village in district Kurukshetra. The pond, Brahma Sarovar, where the park will be set up is considered sacred and is currently, maintained by the residents of the village. The site will be declared as the reserved area under Wildlife Protection Act, once the project of establishing the park-cum-reservoir is initiated.
The decision of having the turtle conservation and protection centre at Brahma Sarovar was taken by the state forest and wildlife department of Haryana after completing the survey of this area to be developed as a community reserve for aquatic creatures. The residents of the Thana village have agreed to give 110 acres of the area to the state forest department for the projected research centre and tourists attraction.
Reason for Choosing Thana for Turtle park
- Thana is located along Pehowa-Kaithal road in Kurukshetra district, which is close to the national highway (NH) 152 and 44.
- The site is projected to be developed as world-level conservation and protection centre of turtles.
- The location was found to have suitable conditions for the habitation of these endangered species of turtle.
Other attractions of Turtle Reservoir
Apart from the water reservoir, the forest department will also try to keep up the flora and fauna of the turtle park, which is projected to spread across 110 acres of Thana village. The turtle park near Chandigarh will be designed in a way that the villagers can continue to visit the area of their religious belief. The park-cum- reservoir will take shape and be maintained by the state forest department along with the co-operation of the villagers.
Let’s see when this turtle park comes up. We are already excited to go and visit the sarovar where hundreds of turtles will be living. Hope the project gets initiated soon.