Kanjli Wetlands, Kapurthala

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Kanjli Wetland, a man made Wetland, which subsumes the Kanjli Lake, located in the Kapurthala district of Punjab state in India, was created in 1870 by constructing the headworks across the perennial Bien River, a tributary of the Beas River to provide irrigation facilities to the hinterland. The rich biodiversity of the wetland comprising aquatic, mesophytic and terrestrial flora and fauna including some important species of plants and animals was recognized internationally by the Ramsar Convention in 2002 by designating the Kanjli Lake in the List of Wetlands of International Importance. In this context, it is reported that the Punjab State which has 14 wetlands covering an area of 225.76 km2 (2% of the geographical area of the State) has the unique position of three of its wetlands viz., the Kanjli Wetland covering an area of 490 ha of which the Kanjli Lake water spread is 184 ha), the Harike Wetland (4100 ha) and the Ropar Wetland (1365 ha) chosen by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoE&F)(set up in 1983 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests) report published in 1990. Since the main article on Wetland does not cover the aspects of Indian wetlands, the work done in this regard in India is explained. The Expert Group has based its directory on the basis of the definition enunciated by the Ramsar International Convention on Wetlands:
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  • One of the seven natural wetlands in india and one of the most popular picnic spots in punjab is in pathetic condition these days with hyacinth overflowing  more »
  • Seeing water flowing in Lake give peace to soul. It has Greenery, various species of birds , flora and fauna, fish, tortoise, ducks, fungas and algae , water plants, big trees, big leaves of plants.....  more »
  • One of main attraction of kapurthala..but it's really dirty now. People through a lot garbage here. Earlier it used to be best place in city with lots of migratory birds and boating. Govt should do something to promote tourism in historical city kapurthala
  • A peaceful place on kapurthala Subhanpur road. Tributary of beas. Kanjli wetland is a natural eco zone. It also has some religious sentimental value. One can visit early morning to evening. As it is 3 kilometer away from kapurthala city and surrounded by woods it is lonely place after 7pm in summers. Boating facility is suspended since 2014. You can view some ducks and other birds there. Kanjli wetland among ropar and harike wetland which are identified and certified by Ramsa international wetland and ecological place. There is no food point at this place. There is a dhaba 800 meter away from this place where you can eat . Best time to visit is early morning in winter as you can view and experience dew rain early in the morning. And in summers afternoon is the quite good time. Autumn and spring is also good time. Deer and peacocks can be seen rarely. Fishing is also allowed if you have license. There is under construction building which once started to promote this wetland but was later project was dismissed. Kanjli Wetland is good place to visit if you are looking for solitude. People sometimes interrupt you. In December And January birds migrated From Siberia can be seen here.
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