Menar – The Bird Village in Udaipur

Menar is a beautiful place near Udaipur Rajasthan. Menar is famous not only in the city but in the country for its beautiful migratory bird paradise. A beautiful getaway from your daily life with a pure therapy of nature. Menar is the best outing place near the city it is about only 45 km away from Udaipur. The best thing about this charming place is that it is not usually filled with people and is the perfect location to fresh your mind away from everyone. Menar is a gift to its people, it is one the most famous tourist attraction near the city of lakes, mostly famous for its birds.

A Birds Heaven

Menar is also known as the bird village and is famous for the variety of migratory birds which makes it the perfect place for the bird watcher. Menar is famous for its migratory birds, Menar is the habitat of around 150 birds including migratory and local. Migratory birds like white-tailed lapwing, bar-headed goose, pelican, common teal, green sandpiper, marsh harrier, pintail, Red-wattled Lapwing, etc. are the key part of the attraction. People come from other states to watch the beauty and the birds of Menar.

This place is famous for the bird watcher, wildlife photographers who get to click beautiful pictures of birds. the most ideal time to visit Menar is in the winter season, while the birds are migrating, winter is the peak time when most of the birds are seen there, also as one can enjoy the day-time travel with the perfect temperature of minimum 10-15 degree Celsius and maximum 25-30 degree Celsius.

The Lake Couple

Menar has two lakes named – Brahma and The Dhandh, these two lakes play a significant role as a host to many migratory bird species every year. These two lakes are a key part of Menar and as much as important to its people to maintain the attraction. The farmers of this village have stopped using the lake water for their irrigation facility. The village community has prohibited fishing in the lakes to save the aquatic lives of water. The community also works to maintain the lake water throughout the year, when the lakes dry up, they filled this up with water tanks to maintain the water for the migratory birds.

People of Menar

Menar is a village 45 km away from the city of Udaipur, with the population of the village less than 6000 with almost 1200 houses Menar is a small town on the outskirts of Udaipur district. The people of this village are also responsible for the proper ecosystem, they have set up a community named “Pakshi Mitra” these people make sure that the lake is properly cleaned and maintained to ensure the bird’s migration is maintained. People have also stopped using lake water and fishing in the lake. The community also makes sure that they stop bird poaching with regular patrols. The population of these people is known as Menarias and they maintain the proper ecosystem for the birds.

Second Attraction

The Menar is famous for its migratory birds, but it is also very popular for its famous lord shiva statue, this statue has a height of 52 feet from the ground, it was built by the fellow villager “Prabhulal Joshi”. This statue was built inside the temple known as Thakur Ji Temple. The statue was inspired by the original shiva statue located in Haridwar. This statue has become an idol for the village people and their faith, hundreds of devotees visit this place to worship this gigantic statue of Lord Shiva.    

Soon to Be Wetland

Currently, the state of Rajasthan has wetlands in the districts of Jaipur and Bharatpur known as Sambhar Salt Lake in Jaipur and Keoladeo Ghana in Bharatpur. The lakes are the main water bodies of Menar. The forest department under the state government has started the process to announce Menar as the wetland, which states local authorities will protect and maintain the nutrients and sediments of Brahma and Dhandh lakes. As a wetland status, the strength of the lakes will be increased by their growing vegetation of aquatic plants and saving biodiversity.

Menar is the paradise of birds and nature. Menar is the best for bird watching and photographers. Located near the city is what makes it better to visit with no time.

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