Biodiversity-rich wetlands around the world are recognized as international Ramsar sites. Today we are going to learn more about this Ramsar place as well as a Comparison of Lonar Lake and Sur Sarovar (Lake).
Ramsar sites are, of course, some wetlands that contain biodiversity-rich vegetation as well as fresh or saltwater. For detailed and more information about Ramsar location, you must read our article Lonar Lake Ramsar Site Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) study.
There are currently 47 places in India on the “Ramsar” list. It also includes Lonar Sarovar and Sur Sarovar in November 2020. The inclusion of these two places in the Ramsar sites will also help in creating more awareness among the locals about this place. It will help tourists and bird lovers from home and abroad to gather at these places. It will also help boost local employment.
What is Sur Sarovar?
Sur Sarovar is located on the highway connecting Delhi and Agra in Uttar Pradesh (India). Sur Sarovar is about 170 km from Delhi and about 30 km from Agra.
Sur Sarovar is popularly known as Keetham Lake. Lake Keetham was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1991. Sur Sarovar is a man-made lake. The lake was created to quench the thirst of the city of Agra in summer.
The area is home to more than 126 species of migratory and resident waterfowl. As the sanctuary is close to the highway, it is convenient to drive a short distance on foot. But to look around the sanctuary you have to walk. There are many small paths in this sanctuary.
While walking on the steps, tourists can hear the rustle of leaves, the sound of wild animals walking or roaring, as well as the occasional muffled sounds of wild animals moving, and even the hiss of snakes.
The beauty of this lake attracts many tourists. On the shores of this lake, you can see many birds and animals. Gardens have been created in this place. Initially, about 4.03 sq km sanctuary has expanded to about 8 sq. km for wildlife by planting more trees near the lake.
How Sur Sarovar is different from Lonar Lake?
Sur Sarovar is also known as a bird sanctuary. The lake is characterized by the fact that more than 20,000 birds from all over the world visit this place every year. Tourists flock here to see these birds.
A variety of species of plants, animals and birds can be seen in the vicinity of Sur Sarovar. So it is a very famous place in India with this kind of biodiversity. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of snakes as well as fish in the lake.
Here you can easily see animals like Hog deer, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Monitor Lizards, etc. About 60 species of fish are found in lake water which cannot be found in Lonar Lake.
Similarly Headed Goose, Flamingo, Pelican, SpoonBill, Coot, Red Crested Pochard, Gray Crested Grab, Black-Tailed Govit, Kevlar, Gray Leg Goose, Common GreenShank, Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Spot Build Duck, Congo Duck, Whistle Birds and Black Naked Stark like species are also abundant here.
Above all, the lake area and the beauty it creates. This area of Sur Sarovar is more open due to its water body and variety of vegetation. Therefore, this lake is becoming a tourist attraction.
Why do we want to know the Comparison of Lonar Lake and Sur Sarovar?
The sanctuary is always crowded with people from the surrounding area; But at the same time, it is always crowded with many amateur tourists from abroad.
Sur Sarovar is the fourth largest place in Agra, which has gained international fame. Earlier, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra were recognized globally.
About eight endangered bird species have been found at the Sur Sarovar site. The inclusion of this lake in the Ramsar sites has helped in protecting all kinds of bird species here.
With this, we will now get information about Lonar Lake in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra! Lonar Sarovar is one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra.
Lonar Lake is a naturally formed meteorite. Therefore, it has acquired a specific scientific background. Many scientists visit this place with a research attitude.
The fame of the lake created by this meteorite eruption has spread all over the world. According to the latest research, the lake was formed about 5 lakh 70 thousand years ago, researchers have discovered.
Lonar Sarovar is a favourite destination of locals as well as many foreign tourists. The water in Lonar Lake is highly saline and not drinkable.
Lake Lonar is also mentioned in Skanda Purana. For this reason, it has also acquired a religious background. Many Shiva temples have been established on the shores of the lake. Due to this, many devotees come here for darshan.
However, some tourists also come here for research and to see the features of Lonar Lake. The geographically formed lake is attracting Indian scientists as well as foreign researchers like NASA.
Researchers are working to find basalt rocks, minerals in the water as well as gases and many other mysterious features.
Although Lonar is a saltwater lake formed by meteorite eruptions, it is home to a wide variety of algae and birds. But the feature of this lake is that no fish or other aquatic animals are found in the highly alkaline water here.
Friends, Lonar Lake and Sur Lake do not have much in common; but since both these places are simultaneously included in the international Ramsar sites, we have tried to tell you the features and uniqueness of these two lakes. We are sure that you will like this article very much. Be sure to read our articles and share them with your friends and support us in the same way.
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