Birding at Assan Barrage

Assan Barrage is a small dam located around 40km from Dehradun. The dam is 287.5m long and has water all year round as it is fed water from the Asan river. This dam is responsible for creating of the Asan reservoir or also know as Dhalipur lake. This lake is a good location to view a number of water birds and migratory birds that arrive here in the winter months. The best time to visit between October and December as this attracts a lot of migratory birds to the lake.

However I have visited the barrage around 3 or 4 times and the lake lies right next to the highway and due to this, the birds are all gathered in the center of the lake. There are boating facilities available and there is a Government guest house which is operated by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. The last time I had visited was back in December of last year. There was plenty of water birds and I got some good photographs of bird flocks right before sunset. Here are a number of photos I captured during my multiple visits to Assan Barrage and in my next post, I will share some landscape and sunset shots.